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How Do We Stop Domestic Violence In Indiana? Here is Our List!

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Do we expect anything to come of this…hardly.  The courts in Indiana refuse to take domestic violence seriously.  If there are allegations of domestic violence in a relationship, the perp’s lawyer will have it pulled out of domestic violence court (Court #21 in Marion County) and pull it into family court, even if they didn’t start there.  This is where the perp’s lawyer will turn it into a he said/she said battle, with allegations even more outrageous, in an effort to cloud the issue on who the abuser actually is.  Even with actual evidence, the crooked judges here often ignore it.   And there are plenty of father-leaning Whores of the Court here to feed it to them (see Local “Stepfamily” Counselor Celebrates Baby’s Death and Leading Lambs to the Slaughter…).

When the Indianapolis Star gives a local neonazi/skinhead father’s rights guy Stuart Showalter, of Boone County Fathers, the opportunity to pimp a shared parenting bill he is getting his lackey State Senator Dennis Kruse to submit to the legislature, and not print a letter from us warning of the dangers of these abusive parents using claims of “Parental Alienation Syndrome” as an excuse to get children from mothers when Governor Daniels signed a proclamation day for this, it is horrifying (see Our New Letter for the Press: The “Parental Alienation Awareness” Scam gets our Governor Mitch Daniels).   But that is the patriarchal cultural of Indiana.  You only have to look at the front pages of the Indianapolis Star on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day this year to see that.  And did you catch the Mother’s Day message from Senator Evan Bayh.  That’s right, he didn’t send one, but he did to father’s on Father’s Day in preparation of submitting his Fatherhood Initiative bill to congress.  Listen to the talk radio stations here in town.  An hour hardly goes by without father’s rights lawyers Cordell & Cordell advertising on how they will get the kids for guys (yes, they know who has to the money to fight the fight) and “protect their financial means to do so.”  Gag gag gag.  It is not about the kids for these guys. It is about the $$$.

Showalter blamed Angie Warnock for her own death by saying she shouldn’t had gotten a protective order against him, that it just caused the situation to get worse (see Joseph Warnock Takes Responsibility For Killing Angie, but Stuart Showalter Still Blames Her).  Really?  Stuart believes that every father, violent or not, deserves to share the child…50/50, even if the parent didn’t share in parenting before, even if the parent abused the other parent in front of the childen (he just needs family counseling Showalter claims).  I wonder how Angie’s two daughter feel about their father now, having witnessed him stabbing her in front of them.

Until the patriarchal, victim-blaming, mother-bashing culture comes to an end here, we will continue to see more victims at the hands of these violent men. 

1.  Stop the Mickey Mouse diversion programs…put the abuser in jail. 

2.  Stop pulling domestic violence charges out of the DV court.  It is not a civil matter, it is a CRIMINAL matter. 

3.  Stop taking children from mothers and giving them to the abusers, often with the mothers not allowed to see their children again.  Yes, that happens here.  It happens all the time.

4.  Start making the judges here follow the law.  Stop slapping their hands…fire them (see Miami County Judge Publically Admonished by Indiana for Awarding Child Custody to Father Without Telling Mother). 

It’s time to wake up people.

From today’s Indianapolis Star:

County forms task force to review deaths from domestic violence

Recent domestic violence deaths spurs county to form task force
Posted: September 24, 2009

The Hendricks County Commissioners have approved the formation of a task force to review local deaths from domestic violence.

The county has been stung with at least three such deaths in the past year, and that has triggered the formation of at least two organizations that will probe the causes and try to prevent more deaths.

One is a task force created with a new county ordinance to review previous deaths and report to state agencies that track statewide trends in domestic violence. The other organization is the revival of the long-dormant Hendricks County Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

October is National Domestic Violence Month.

The most recent of the three domestic violence deaths that have raised concerns in the county was the June killing of Angela Warnock, who was stabbed more than 50 times in front of her daughters. Her husband, Joseph Warnock, pleaded guilty to murder and faces sentencing Oct. 9.

The task force to review fatalities from domestic violence was created in response to a year-old state law.

Hendricks County Prosecutor Patricia Baldwin said the law requires each county to create a group to analyze causes and responses to domestic violence and report findings to the state.

“Domestic violence cuts across all economic and social levels in our communities, or at least that’s what we believe is the case, but it isn’t always easy to confirm,” Baldwin said. “This is part of a program to track the trends and our response.”

The ordinance requires the formation of a task force with about 15 members, including government officials, a judge, police, prosecutors, an emergency room physician, a defense attorney, a religious leader or pastor, a worker in a battered women’s shelter, and a pathologist or coroner. It also requires an educator, a probation officer, an animal control officer and representatives from the business community.

Baldwin said the task force would look at past deaths to see what could have been done to avoid or prevent such a tragedy.

“I think our responses have been pretty good. I don’t know that much would have changed” to affect the recent cases in the county, she said.

The Hendricks County Coalition has reformed after having lapsed for eight years.

Since August, about 15 people whose jobs touch domestic abuse and violence, have met twice to revive the coalition.

Julie Randall, a former director of Danville’s Sheltering Wings Center, said a preliminary online survey of professionals dealing with domestic violence found 72 percent believe violence is increasing.

Members of the coalition said they would step up efforts to educate the public about the causes of violence and the resources available to settle situations.

If necessary, they said they would look for reforms in state law, law enforcement and social services. They would train volunteers to expand on the county victims assistance program, with trained volunteers in the courthouse to direct victims of domestic violence to shelter and aid.

They look to the success of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, which educated the public about the dangers of driving while intoxicated.

“MADD stigmatized the crime of drunk driving so that it is not socially acceptable,” said Brian Johnson, a defense attorney from Brownsburg. “If you want to effect real change in domestic violence, than you have to create deterrence.”

In another Hendricks County death related to a domestic dispute, Michael R. Gelinas, 49, was killed in the driveway of his Avon home on May 27. John Gary Cooper, 58, Avon, faces one count of murder. Investigators said Cooper believed his wife was romantically involved with Gelinas.

In a third case that deeply affected Hendricks social and domestic violence workers, 44-year-old Yvonne Kretzer died of brain trauma in March in an Indianapolis hospital, after years of beatings. The Ohio woman had sought comfort in the Sheltering Wings Center in Danville, and then went back to her husband.

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  1. […] How Do We Stop Domestic Violence In Indiana? Here is Our List! « Mothers Of Lost Children – India… mothersoflostchildren.wordpress.com/2009/09/24/how-do-we-stop-domestic-violence-in-indiana-here-is-our-list – view page – cached Do we expect anything to come of this…hardly. The courts in Indiana refuse to take domestic violence seriously. If there are allegations of domestic violence in a relationship, the perp’s… (Read more)Do we expect anything to come of this…hardly. The courts in Indiana refuse to take domestic violence seriously. If there are allegations of domestic violence in a relationship, the perp’s lawyer will have it pulled out of domestic violence court (Court #21 in Marion County) and pull it into family court, even if they didn’t start there. This is where the perp’s lawyer will turn it into a he said/she said battle, with allegations even more outrageous, in an effort to cloud the issue on who the abuser actually is. (Read less) — From the page […]

  2. uh well,

    The ordinance requires the formation of a task force with about 15 members, including government officials, a judge, police, prosecutors, an emergency room physician, a defense attorney, a religious leader or pastor, a worker in a battered women’s shelter, and a pathologist or coroner. It also requires an educator, a probation officer, an animal control officer and representatives from the business community.

    half of these people ARE the problem. They indeed contribute TO the deaths.

    rj

    September 30, 2009 at 11:04 am

  3. Awesome blog!

    I thought about starting my own blog too but I’m just too lazy so, I guess Ill just have to keep checking yours out.
    LOL,

    Savannah

    October 16, 2009 at 9:46 pm


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