A note from our Director of Legal Services, Donna Bloom JD, commenting on this article from Dallas News Why protective orders didn't stop ex-boyfriends from killing 2 Dallas-area women.
Here's what Donna had to say:
"This article once again focuses on the victim and what she didn’t do. It fails to address so many systemic issues like the low bond set for a strangulation case. Also, it’s great to have more comprehensive judicial oversight over high risk offenders but can we talk about how long it takes for a case to be investigated, arrest warrants to be issues, cases to be transferred from police to prosecutors and the length of a pending case before an offense is adjudicated. And this is often the result of understaffing and crowded court dockets. There’s so much work to be done and our conversation really needs to go beyond the depth of this article. And finally, protective orders are intended to work in concert with a system of accountability for the offender. A system where the crime is taken seriously by those who know better (do you see what I've done there... focus on us - judges, police, prosecutors, advocates - not her). We must do better and our desire to focus on what the victim does or does not do shifts blame and steals focus from solutions and the responsibility those of us who know better have to make her safe and her protective order more than a piece of paper."
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About Donna Bloom
Ms. Bloom has more than twenty-seven years of experience in the domestic violence field, having served as an executive director, community educator and client advocate and since 2007 as the Director of Legal Services where she provides civil legal services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Additionally, Ms. Bloom is seen as an expert in the field throughout the State of Texas and is a sought after speaker and trainer on the complex issues associated with the intersection between domestic violence and child abuse and neglect and civil and criminal justice remedies for victims of domestic and sexual violence.
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