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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

KS: Decriminalizing Domestic Violence Due to Budget Cuts

From the New York Times:

TOPEKA, Kan. — The startling vote came up at a City Council meeting here on Tuesday, provoked by a run-of-the-mill budget dispute over services that had spun out of control: decriminalize domestic violence.

Three arms of government, all ostensibly representing the same people, have been at an impasse over who should be responsible for — and pay for — prosecuting people accused of misdemeanor cases of domestic violence.


By a vote of 7 to 3, the City Council repealed the local law that makes domestic violence a crime.

The move, the councilors were told, would force District Attorney Chad Taylor to prosecute the cases because they would remain a crime under state law, a conclusion with which he grudgingly agreed. The Council also approved negotiations to resolve the impasse.

Read more here.


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I'm not sure what our legal justice system is going to do about this problem. Domestic violence has become epidemic and the fact of the matter is our legal justice system is quickly becoming too bogged down prosecuting these types of perpetrators and then housing them in our is a real problem right now.

Posted by: Tulsa Divorce Attorney | Oct 13, 2011 2:54:58 PM

Domestic violent cases are rising daily in our society. Government and the legal justice system must work together to fight this ugly and criminal act. Am aware and know much about the cases of domestic violence in our society and together we can fight against it

Posted by: domestic outrage | Dec 6, 2011 5:02:09 AM

I think that it is very important that people be aware of domestic abuse. It is something that people need to take seriously and be aware of it. There are many people who can get help and there are people who can help those suffering. Thanks for sharing!

Posted by: amber johnson | Oct 31, 2014 9:37:00 AM

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