Disturbance: How States Fail To Treat Domestic Violence As A Crime
For decades, domestic violence was treated less like a crime and more like a private family matter that would occasionally get loud enough to disturb the neighbors. Although the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 finally established a federal law against domestic violence, in most communities beating one’s partner does seem to elicit more shock and disgust than it used to, the culture can’t change until the way people are punished for the crime changes.
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Forty percent of police families deal with domestic violence compared to 25 percent of the general population, and getting out hands on the records that detail these abuses is proving to be expensive. Here’s how you can help.
Wisconsin State Patrol policies regarding domestic violence extend the law all the way to the womb, where the unborn children of Wisconsin women may be at risk.
New Jersey State Police releases policies regarding officer domestic violence, but no details on enforcement
Out of 50 state police departments whose domestic violence response policies were requested, only the New Jersey State Police released their policy pertaining to domestic violence incidents involving police officers. However, after nearly a year of waiting, the NJSP have still yet to release docs detailing how many officers have been accused, what they’ve been accused of, and whether or not they are still employed.