When domestic violence occurs in a household, it can put the victims atre serious risk of injury, emotional pain and suffering or even worse. When an individual takes action to remove themselves himself or herself from a violent spouse through divorce and other legal action, they he or she will likely want to know that the legal system will provide protection help keep them safe from their abuser and to help prosecute abusersthem for their crimes. Two bills currently being considered by the Wisconsin legislature are aimed at addressing this concern.
For many suffering from domestic abuse, being able to acquire a restraining order against their abuser is an important step. Yet, some of Wisconsin's victims of domestic violence, stalking and other forms of harassment are unable to secure a restraining order for one simple reason: their abuser lives outside of the state.
After a tense standoff with police officers from five separate jurisdictions, a Milton city resident was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and several other charges. Following a fight with his wife that brought about the attention of police officers, the man is reported to have locked himself in his basement while brandishing knives. Upon refusing multiple police requests to peacefully exit the basement, he was subdued with the use of beanbags fired through windows.
Domestic violence is an unfortunate reality throughout Wisconsin and the rest of the United States, yet automatic federal spending cuts agreed on by Congress -- known as the "Sequester" -- may reduce the availability of domestic violence prevention services.
Proponents of increased protection for victims of domestic violence and other violent acts against women here in Wisconsin will be excited to hear that the Violence Against Women Act was recently passed by the House of Representatives. The House joined the Senate in approving a more expansive version of the bill; the Senate had previously approved the bill in January.
As the U.S. House of Representatives mulls the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, Wisconsin Congresswoman Gwen Moore has emerged as a strong proponent. The reauthorization act passed in the Senate with broad support and seeks to provide aid to victims of domestic violence, which could be helpful for many local families.
After the horrific shooting at a Milwaukee area spa in October, authorities across the state are taking a look at their domestic abuse policies. Domestic violence experts are stressing the importance of state services for abuse victims. The experts agree that these services make victims more knowledgeable and safer.
A recent massacre at a Milwaukee-area day spa drew national attention. Now Wisconsin lawmakers are demanding an investigation of the Brown Deer Police Department and its procedures for dealing with alleged domestic violence.
According to the National Centers for Disease Control, 40 percent of the victims of severe physical abuse at home are actually men. However, when men try to speak up about being victims of domestic violence and physically abused by their spouse in a divorce proceeding they are often met with skepticism.
Whether in the context of marriage or not, relationship violence is harmful. Domestic violence cases involve a whole slew of emotions that can sometimes cloud judgment, allowing abuse to persist. Regardless of the situation, it's important to act when a relationship turns violent.