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domestic violence victims

63 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Women leaders in San Antonio

Mētú - Women of Diversity Defeating Violence

We are a diverse group of women leaders in San Antonio, Texas. Some of us are survivors of domestic abuse, all of us are horrified that a man who has been accused of domestic violence by both his former and current wife is on the cusp of becoming the mayor of the 7th largest city in the country. We are worried what the election of this man would say to our sisters, sons and daughters. We are convinced his election would set the cause of women back decades in our city. Greg Brockhouse, currently the Councilman for District 6, has for years held close ties as a strategist and key advisor for the police and fire unions in San Antonio. Perhaps it is those ties that account for the convenient disappearance of his police records on these matters. Making our case more difficult is the fact that the organizations tasked with protecting women and children from domestic violence in our city rely on city funding that they stand to lose if this man becomes mayor. For this reason they are justifiably fearful and may be reluctant to call him out. Specifically, we have joined together to draw attention to this situation because: In 2018 there were 28 domestic violence related murders in San Antonio. This number has quadrupled since 2015. Domestic Violence is an epidemic in our community. We believe strongly that a man who abuses women is not fit to serve as mayor of our city. We suspect that the evidence shows a pattern of abusive behavior that should not be so easy to sweep under the rug. We believe that Greg Brockhouse’s character and personality are consistent with that of domestic abusers and other bullies. We believe that in a Brockhouse administration women will have reduced opportunity and power. Sadly, part of the pathology of this problem is that the victims of abuse, are often complicit in protecting their abusers. We are reaching out to distinguished individuals and organizations in hopes that you will help us shine a light on this man, on this issue, and begin a loud and TIMELY conversation about domestic abuse, how to recognize it, how to escape it, how to END it (and hopefully how NOT to elect it).

Mētú San Antonio
2,339 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to George Allen Family Court, Mesquite Police Force

Don't let Dallas reward my sister's rapist again

Every day, people overestimate the importance of the police force in domestic situations. Unless they walk in on a man beating his wife, walk in on a burglary, or walk in on a rape, you are expected to file a report and wait. Wait while you feel dirty, cheated, wronged, and rightfully angry. EDIT: Judge Jean C. Lee, and Brandon's lawyer, Angela May, have renewed the court order this Saturday. Her restraining order has been dissolved to allow him access to the child. Angela May, reported by the family attending the court, has displayed unsportsmanly behavior that has made Micheala uncomfortable before, making statements that imply that she doesn't believe the rape really happened. She is attacking the [multiple] petition makers under defamation, with claims of libel, despite the fact the petition is simply a recording of events and she has not been sworn at, harassed, or insulted like the mother of this case. Are you afraid of the truth? Let the people decide what your character is from your actions, as you are a public figure.Full story inbound:What people don't know is that the justice system is more flawed than they'd guess! It's elementary knowledge that if you are black or mixed raced, you will have issues with the law. This is the case for this family, that I adopted myself into, as we often had run ins with the law due to my father figure's record (a false accusation). Our childhood was miserable and deprived, and uniforms were a symbol of fear and corruption, rather than protection for us. We frequently witnessed our father beaten, carted off to jail, and were abused by supervisors and bad friends growing up who would use this record against us.So, naturally, when my sister got into an abusive relationship with an individual by the name of Brandon Haynes, with a criminal record.  She didn't go to the police when he hit her. Security, not the police, at the movie theater she worked at protected her when he was stalking and hawking her workplace, post getting fired for his problematic behavior. She didn't go to the police when he choked her unconscious at his house on Christmas Eve, and raped her. She took a week's worth of the abortion pills given to her by the clinic, but the entire week was hammered with guilt by the anti abortion protesters outside, and her own grips with her faith. When she saw the blood, she thought it was enough, and she could finally stop this nightmare and pretend it never happened, like most rape victims do.However, months later, the baby had survived. Despite the attempted abortion to cover up her shame, despite the medical malpractice in which she was in labor for 3 days, Anthony survived, and my sister thought it was a sign- a miracle. She decided to raise him better than his "father", and got him checked up at a reputable doctor this time, and resolved to take care of him no matter what. 5 months later, the news came in-Brandon Haynes, the man who raped her, heard through a mutual friend that she had given birth, and demanded access to a child that he had no right to, and access to a girl who annulled their toxic relationship long ago. The nightmare was beginning again.He resumed stalking her workplace and harassing her phone, and she fell back into the battered mindset. And the court gave it to him- all the access he could ever want, to hurt and control her, to keep her living in fear. Maurice Aguilar ruled in his favor in court, alongside rude comments like "You don't look raped." He court ordered that she meet Haynes again, and give him custody of her breastfed baby every Saturday for five hours. I was there (on call, and the rest of the events here are recounted by mother and family) on that first day, where she promised to come by and feed him. Haynes took the child in a booster seat far too large for Anthony (Toddler sized, not for a newborn), and let Anthony cry and cry, refusing to let either of us touch him once he had his hands on the child. He had no diapers, no baby food, no bottles- he expected her to give him her resources which she worked hard to give Anthony since the moment she was born.However, she was sure Haynes would steal them, and he was informed on what to buy. Haynes ignored all of this- after driving off with the child, we met him at the home to feed Anthony when he said "No- just give me a bottle and leave." Outraged, we waited on the street, and he invited his friends. My sister recognized them as drug users and dealers, as several unknown individuals entered the house. His family, fully supporting rapist Haynes, called the police. The police showed up and forced us off the street, off of public property, claiming we were "harassing" Haynes, despite the fact we were on the street and did not once enter his yard or block his driveway. He was utterly despondent and rude, refusing to inform us about anything with how he was "taking care of" the baby.I was called, and calmed my sister in a walmart parking lot after being bullied away from the home by two police cruisers. She was dry heaving and crying from separation anxiety, as we stressfully awaited the next five hours. When Anthony was returned to us, his clothes had been changed, he smelled like soot, and he was jumpy and anxious. Anthony was out of it, as if he had been drugged with some kind of sleeping pills, and jolted and cried each time he was held until he realized that his mother was there, and began to calm down. We drove home immediately and examined the child.Anthony's diaper was on far too tight, it was cutting off his circulation. More importantly, he was red and raw in the face from crying and being left to cry, and his anus was red and irritated with two long hairs between the cheeks. We panicked and took him to two doctors, waiting all night just for doctors to tell us what the police and attorneys had been telling us since this nightmare began- "We can't do anything." The latter doctor rephrased her "I can't do anything", to immediately blaming my sister for Haynes' negligence- she suspected that Haynes starved the baby and it gave him diarrhea, and it was my sister's fault for that? So we decided to keep Anthony for two weeks following the incident. Anthony had since recovered.Now, today, this poor woman is living with the constant threat of jail, fines, legal fees, and harassment, and the court who so generously informed us that Haynes, MY SISTER'S RAPIST, is pressing charges. Since the law has done nothing but humiliate her, the people, you can decide.We have gathered witnesses, people that knew where she was, and know of Haynes' actions, despite his frequent denials on the stand. Now all we need is your signatures, so that other rape victims in Dallas and other people can use her case as a source of courage for themselves. All she wants is to get a nice job, take care of her son, and for Haynes, and the legal system, to leave her and her family alone.An alarming trend reveals family court bias is actually against mothers."I don't care what she wanted- I want a light skinned baby." -Brandon Haynes, in a threatening phonecall to our family. We reported it to the police, but were once again informed that they couldn't do anything about it.Speaking of the police, they're using my father's expunged record against us now, years after it has been cleared. Is this not illegal? "PAS isn’t recognized by the American Psychological Association and isn’t listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Dr. Paul Fink, former president of the American Psychiatric Association, describes PAS as “junk science at its worst.”  Legal authorities are just as skeptical. A 2015 American Bar Association report, Parental Alienation Syndrome: 30 Years On and Still Junk Science, concluded “Despite having been introduced 30 years ago, there remains no credible scientific evidence supporting parental alienation syndrome.” The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) have also spoken out against PAS, stating it “threatens the safety of abused children.” But despite widespread repudiation, PAS is still accepted in family courts." I have included links to some studies, books, and articles throughout this piece. Thank you for listening and signing. We aren't expecting donations, nor are we asking for any, but if given we will use them for court expenses and caring for Anthony. Thank you, again, for your time and generosity. Donations made through change.org are used to advertise the petition automatically and do not go to the family.Please don't let the law traumatize us and reward my sister's rapist again.I believe that it is inherently wrong to force my sister to give up her custody to the man who raped her. I fear that if this goes through, it will destroy what little spirit she has left, and rape her again. Please protect the victims.EDIT: Her attorney Allen Roach does not think she will win this case. Brandon Haynes, despite previously claiming to have no money, has recently hired a lawyer. Affadavits from fellow coworkers and acquaintances are being signed.

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2,386 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to RJ. Larizza, Ron DeSantis, State of Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody

Get the state of Florida to re-open an investigation into Kayla Davis' death.

What follows is a perfect storm of ineptitude and what I feel is an attempt by local law enforcement agencies, elected officials and governmental agencies to prevent discovering the truth regarding my 26-year old daughter Kayla Davis who died under suspicious circumstances in August of 2013.  The events that took place the night of the incident that led to her death were never fully investigated, an autopsy was never performed in spite of the family’s pleas to do so, and every agency that I have sought-out for answers and justice over the past five plus years have either stone-walled or put up a wall of defense. My focus is not on the person who I feel is responsible for taking my daughter’s life, but instead on the unsatisfactory process perpetrated by local and state law enforcement agencies that began the night our daughter ended up fatally injured in the middle of Beville Road in Daytona Beach, FL and has continued to this date. My daughter Kayla touched many lives and is a light that was extinguished much too early. I miss her dearly, but my faith comforts me with the knowledge that I will see her again. I am simply asking for truth and justice for my daughter Kayla, and in the process hopefully obtaining some measure of closure for our family.  The loss of a child is catastrophic to any parent. Exacerbating this tragedy is the lack of investigation and blatant mishandling of the incident.   I am petitioning to have an independent unbiased investigation into the cause of my daughter Kayla’s death.  I am asking for this investigation to be performed completely outside of Volusia County’s 7th Judicial District and law enforcement system because in my opinion from the very beginning they have shown bias, ineptitude and in my opinion have used every method at their disposal to cover up their improper handling of the case and have shown no true commitment to seeking justice for my daughter.   I already made a petition directly to the Office of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.  As I suspected would happen when I sent it, the Governor assigned review of the request to a low-level aid who provided the standard response I have received from every agency I sought out for help, namely; “we aren’t the right office for this type of request…”.  I ask myself why the highest position in State of Florida can’t order an independent investigation?  If not the Governor’s office, what higher power do I have available to me when all other agencies under the Governor’s Office have all said the same thing?  Even more disturbing is that the Governor’s Office has already interceded in past cases.  I suspect the answer is because I and my deceased daughter just don’t rank high enough in the political and economic influence areas of the State, and are therefore summarily dismissed without meaningful attention.  You the reader can help me to get the political influence I need to move this request forward by signing this petition! Background On August 31, 2013 Labor Day Weekend my daughter Kayla Davis was involved in a serious accident which resulted in her hospitalization and subsequent death on September 18, 2013, one day after she turned 26. Kayla was highly educated with a master’s degree in social work and a minor in criminal justice, was working as a family therapist supported the judicial system and worked as a volunteer for the Deland Police Department's Citizen Patrol for two years. She nannied dozens of children and infants, and was highly respected by her peers, coworkers and friends. Kayla did not have a history of drug abuse, was not suicidal or have a criminal record. According to the statement in the police report, Kayla and her boyfriend were arguing while he was driving on State Road 400 in Daytona Beach FL and she asked him to stop the truck so that she could get out. The boyfriend refused to stop the vehicle, and Kayla then told him that she would jump if he refused to do so (and clicked open her door).   According to his statement, he then taunted her saying, "go ahead and jump", and she subsequently exited the vehicle while it was traveling at an unknown speed.  I, the family’s independent investigator (former Detective Bureau Commander), and an independent forensic pathologist have all come to believe that Kayla did not willingly leave the vehicle. According to her close friend and coworker, on the night of the incident she had been on the phone with Kayla and overheard the boyfriend screaming at my daughter in the background. Kayla said to her co-worker that if she did not hear from her within an hour to call her back. Approximately two (2) minutes after the phone call ended, the 911 call was made and Kayla was lying critically injured in the middle of the road. We have multiple statements from her close friends and coworkers which demonstrate an apparent history of domestic violence from her boyfriend, including him entrapping Kayla's arms in his truck and dragging her across a parking lot such that her arm was fractured. Her boyfriend was out of work with no apparent income at the time of the incident. Background checks confirm he has had multiple arrests, has been cited on multiple occasions for battery, falsifying reports, careless driving and leaving the scene of an accident. He was arrested January 2, 2014 on a class 2 felony with $6,000 bail. The State Attorney's Office for unknown reasons cancelled the charge and closed the case. Another event on July 15, 2014 for resisting arrest with violence was also dropped. Yet another one is a Boynton Beach Police Report incident where a young girl overdosed while in his presence. The case was transferred to Volusia County and he was ordered to complete a drug program. The State since agreed to vacate the plea about the drug charges. The case was closed and evidence will be disposed of by the DBPD's evidence custodians. (Volusia County Clerk of Circuit Court's case number 201031722CFAES.) We recently found about another complaint against him from South Daytona Beach PD for Domestic Violence dated 11-4-2018 from his current and live-in girlfriend, who filed charges against him for threating her and over concerns for the child they now share together case #18110032. Again, on 11-26-18 a narrative/supplement report was written to be sure that it was understood that it was determined not to be criminal nature and was reported for informational purposes only, and that the case is to be considered inactive. Basis for Request of Review Outside of 7th Judicial District & SA Larizza’s Purview The following is a listing of circumstances that I believe involved either undue influence, incompetency, or neglect by Volusia County, the Daytona Beach Police Department (DBPD), the State Attorney’s Office/RJ Larizza and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, who in our opinion intentionally stopped the family from obtaining the truth due to the systemic failure, not just by an individual officer/detective, but as a law enforcement agency.  In addition, I believe the quality of the investigations by DBPD were compromised by the investigations apparent bias in favor of clearing the suspect, instead of objectively pursuing all the available facts, a bias that more than one investigator admitted to our family and the Team assisting me with the pursuit of Justice for Kayla. A partial list of the numerous items that in my opinion point to this breakdown in the system follow, and are in no apparent order of severity or importance: Officers failed to recognize or chose to ignore signs of impairment from a suspect and thereby purposefully or negligently violated Florida Statute 316.1933 by not dui testing the driver. A Daytona Beach police protocol or procedure, that we were told has since been corrected, somehow prevented an impaired driver investigation by an on-call Detective. Information obtained by an officer and the on-call detective from the suspect that the victim herself opened the door, was ignored and then compounded when assignment of an Accident Reconstructionist was engaged. The blatant contradiction of information was disregarded and purposely or mistakenly not provided to the reconstructionist, who then engaged in testing and analysis based upon an incorrect fact pattern despite police knowledge to the contrary. An investigative evaluation of the interviews/interrogation between the suspect and the lead detective shows multiple indications of misinterpretation and mishandling and is contrary to even basic investigative goals and objectives in a suspect interview. One of the people who appeared at the scene during the event, observed by multiple eyewitnesses, I suspect was an undercover or plainclothes police officer.  DBPD police told us that they do not know who he was and never followed up to obtain his statement. But witnesses sought out by the family investigator put him at the scene and state that he ran straight over to the driver of the vehicle first, not to our daughter who was lying unconscious in the middle of the road. A command staff officer ignored or declined a notification by the on-call detective that should have prompted follow-up investigation of the suspect as an impaired driver. Then Captain Capri of DBPD in our opinion mislead the family, saying that if he had been at the scene a DUI test would have been performed, when in fact we have learned that he was called from the scene that night by Detective Deschamps, telling him that the driver smelled of alcohol and had been drinking all day. Despite this timely notice of the information it was ignored. There were multiple witnesses to past domestic violence perpetrated by the driver of the vehicle, including knowledge of alarming conditions that existed within minutes of Kayla’s fatal injuries, including the fact that the driver and Kayla were fighting to the extent that she wanted her friend to know what was happening. These witnesses were never interviewed, nor events addressed by the police, even though they were made available. A neighborhood canvas or follow-up with 911 callers was not conducted and no public request for assistance was made; not even after Kayla died. A token witness follow-up occurred but only after police conduct was questioned. Why was the suspect vehicle not impounded? Forensic evaluation was not done. There is no police narrative to report on the results of even a cursory examination at the scene of the vehicle. At a minimum why was that not done?  Conditions existing in the interior of the truck contribute to probable cause that a crime had been committed but were overlooked or ignored.  These included the presence of beer/cans, (the same as found in the road), and the position of beer and cozies in vehicle.   Follow-up direction by supervisory staff for the lead detective to address domestic history was not done.  I was told by one of the Sergeant’s from DBPD that the detective who attempted to look for it did not have the access to get the information.  Why not? The suspect was asked to come to the police station for follow-up questioning, but Miranda warnings were not given causing contents of the interview to be considered inadmissible. What should have been a suspect interview, was instead performed by the officers as though the suspect was a victim needing to be consoled. Why, when hospital staff expected it, the family requested it, and the medical examiner’s investigator prepared for it, did an autopsy get circumvented after Daytona Beach police conferred with the medical examiner thereby ignoring hospital staff opinions regarding the nature of Kayla’s injuries, subsequently supported by an independent forensic pathologist? On April 17, 2014, I received a phone call from (SAS) Rick Ward as a follow up to our initial complaint to the State Attorney’s Office and DBPD. In our conversation he mentioned that he would be contacting FDLE’s Orlando Regional Operations Center to convene a SMART (Specialized Multi-Agency Review Team) panel to review DBPD’s investigation of our daughter’s death. On July 16, 2014, the SMART panel apparently met and reviewed the investigation.  The family was very specific and told (SAS) Ward that we had supplemental investigatory information that we wanted to be sure that the FDLE and the Panel had before the meeting took place. As of this date we still have none of the supporting documents and recommendations given by the smart panel members, which apparently included representatives from the State Attorney’s office, forensic experts, traffic Homicide Investigators, along with other professionals in the law enforcement field. Multiple public records requests yielded nothing other than a short Narrative/Supplement dated 11-25-14 from DBPD, saying that because of the recommendations made by the Smart Panel, the case had been officially closed. It appears there was little to no feedback offered from the SMART Panel members which lends itself to the belief that most of the members were reluctant to criticize or correct the detective who gave them the summary, or they did provide it, but the feedback was not reported.  We now know that the detective did a Power Point presentation and FDLE had put together an E-book for the detective to give all the SMART panel members.  I have made multiple Public Records requests to see the fully detailed presentation and report summarizing the SMART Panel’s findings but have been unsuccessful in obtaining it. A Computerized Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA) test was performed on the suspect and the family was told that he “passed”, yet no documentation was provided substantiating the statement even after multiple Public Records requests. (We were told in our meeting with DBPD on August 29, 2014 that the officers who performed the test cannot locate the reports.)   We were told there is no dash-cam or body camera footage available from the night of the incident, yet there were probably five or more units and a dozen officers that reported to the scene, including one from South Daytona Police Department. One of the responders, Officer Connelly who went to the scene first, was apparently wearing his because when he came to the hospital to interview myself and my husband, and he had his axon recorder. When I asked for this with a formal Public Records Request, I was told that I needed a court order. Conclusion and Request for an Independent Review It is unknown whether the fault with DBPD rests on a lack of training or general incompetence. Or even worse, did complacency, undue influence, or some other disturbing condition exist to allow such a result? The level of failure is so pronounced that a former Detective Bureau Commander and experienced investigator that has been assisting the family, stated that in his opinion in the more than 40 years he has been conducting and supervising investigations, he has never seen such a complete breakdown and failure in law enforcement during an investigation. This family cannot and will not accept that our daughter’s death was accidental. We have carried on our own investigation for the past five plus years keeping meticulous notes. We have performed all the research that the DBPD neglected to perform, have expended significant personal financial resources, and have exhausted all our avenues for truth and justice for our daughter to no avail. Now it is time for the agencies that we have been told our entire lives are there to protect and serve the public, to answer for their incompetency and maleficence. I am asking through this petition that Governor DeSantis help me to find truth and justice for our family.  I am asking that he change the wrong with this case and make it right and honor the family’s request to get it reassigned out of Volusia County and the 7th Judicial District due to a conflict of interest with all the entities involved who I feel are afraid to admit that mistakes took place during the investigation into my daughter’s suspicious death. I feel that in good faith I have done everything in my power to work with Circuit 7 Volusia County, the State Attorney’s office, DBPD and FDLE, all to no avail.   My daughter, Kayla was denied a thorough review and investigation to determine what happened the night she ended up unconscious in the middle of the road. In Kayla’s case, one mistake compounded another until justice was denied and the only thing that occurred were apologies and excuses. Please help the family and show that you are prepared to usher into the State of Florida a system that is based on doing what is right, not what is easiest. A host of additional information that in my opinion supports my opinion of the inadequacy of the investigation is available on the Kayla’s Angels Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kaylasangels1

Brianna Locke
1,381 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to United States, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Stop Domestic Violence Rally

We never really know how Domestic Violence will affect the lives of an individual until it affects your sister, your mother, your daughter, your aunt, your brother, and intimate, a close relative, a friend, a neighbor, someone from school or a coworker. What do we say? How do we act? What can you do to Help? Should I mind my business or help them? Is this a family matter or should I just let the police take care of it? Should I really get involved? These are many of the questions that go through the minds of the day to day citizens. And each and every day we still deal with Domestic Violence, Intimate Partner Violence and Violence towards children.  We want to affect change by having our victims protected immediately especially after their intimate partner has been sent off to jail. We need victims protection programs and a larger advocacy program that helps families move. We need to place assailants on an ankle bracelet system after they make bond so that they will not come to commit the same crime after they have been released with bond after 24, 48 or 72 hours. Many of your Intimate Partner homicides happen at the negligence of our judicial system, They release these assailants and not knowing they intent on committing the same crime or a murder. With the ankle bracelet and GPS unit system on the victim's phone, we will give victims time to leave their property and time for the police to catch the offender. THIS IS NECESSARY!!! As it stands today the statistics towards Domestic Violence.org states: "Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten. Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Most often, the abuser is a member of her own family. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined. Studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually. Nearly 1 in 5 teenage girls who have been in a relationship said a boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if presented with a breakup.  Nearly 1 in 4 adult women and approximately 1 in 7 adult men report having experienced severe physical violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime.16% of women and 7% of men have experienced contact sexual violence from an intimate partner (this includes rape, being made to penetrate someone else, sexual coercion, and/or unwanted sexual contact).10% of women and 2% of men report having been stalked by an intimate partner." We must let our voices be heard; we must gather together and rally at the Steps of the Lincoln. Help us make our voices be heard; we will not be SILENT. Help us move for change; let our legislators, senators, and President understands us. Not just for us but for our children. Let's draw a CHANGE FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. SO let's ALL WEAR PURPLE ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2019 at the steps of the Lincoln. Let's all come from across the nation and support DV. See you here!!!

FFT Helping Others
2,372 supporters