Monday, October 24, 2011

Domestic Violence Not A Crime?

A district attorney in Shawnee County, Kansas was forced to not prosecute any domestic violence misdemeanors and only focus on felonies. County leaders urged that the district attorney was using battered women as a means to negotiate for increased funding for his office. The City Council voted 7 to 3 to repeal a local law which made domestic violence a crime.

Since September, eighteen people were arrested for domestic violence charges but were released as a result of the agency’s decision to not prosecute new cases. So what does this mean for victims and advocates? It means that in all the budget cuts considered by the City Council, local lawmakers found domestic violence at the bottom of their priorities.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


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