IL is in bad shape financially as a state in many ways, this is just one example. I beleive this maybe why the Tribune's Editor's have taken such an active stance on DV.
Story from March 28, 2008 Domestic violence services see cuts
Drop in government funding is forcing area agencies to turn away victims who seek their help Story Link
Cuts in federal funding – estimated to be nearly $4.6 million for Illinois – would result in more reductions in assistance.
Last year, Illinois courts granted more than 60,000 orders of protection.Each day, 600 requests for help in Illinois go unmet, said the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
“When we have to say to a victim, ‘Can you come back tomorrow?’ it’s very worrisome,” said Karen Kuchar, executive director of Family Shelter Service inDuPage County, which has cut its staff and turned away women seeking help.”Any person could be one of the people in a relationship that is very, very dangerous. That could lead to death.”
The major form of federal assistance, funded through the Victims of CrimesAct, was cut by Congress to $550 million this year from $625 million. Illinois has seen its share shrink to an estimated $11.6 million in fiscal 2008 from$16.2 million in fiscal 2006, according to the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Here's another story which I believe is why they put John in jail when he violated the OP while on parole.
Remember Mersaides McCauley's case?
Abusive parolees targeted
After Tribune report, state makes domestic violence an automatic violation of parole Story Link
What they don't tell you is the time the felon does is credited him. We found out John's received 7 months probation credit for breaking the law. Giving him that time has taken 7 months of safety from Regan and her sons. His projected release date was changed from 8/2010 to 1/2010.
Lisa Madigan (IL Atty Gen) office is very good at supporting women's and victim's rights and they are trying to see he has that credit taken from him based on his repeated violations of OP. But the victim is the one who has to stay on top of this. And we are still held in limbo not knowing.
It's a constant roller coaster ride and every person you ask in the system has a different answer. It has many flaws. I can understand why so many women just give up.
We still don't know how much time will Regan and her sons have to feel safe? I am sincere when I ask - when should Regan start to fear for her life again? Not a day or night go by that they do not live in fear of him but now also from a system which seems to favor the criminal over the victim.
This is why we need to keep asking questions and seeking answers to this problem of DV.
After reviewing these figures and the staggering number of DV cases turned away this quickly adds up to the potential and prospective murders waiting to take place. I am sure that defense attorneys encourage their clients with this "good news" for the violator and sends a bad message that the system is too outgunned by cutbacks and financial strapping to do anything about them. The message is to the violator "stay the course and pay my fee and you are ok."
Armed with this amount of information about the courts being overloaded and states funds severely cutback what can we as citizens do aside from writing our Congresspersons?
In the cases whre the states child support services and recovery systems are overloaded, underfunded, and unmanned not to mention uncaring in many instances, private child support recovery services such as ours is becoming more prominent and effective. In Georgia the state's recovery failure rate is 72%. Private agency's success rate has become a whopping 84%.
Having said that I would cooperate with Peace4 and others who would suggest to me what we can together do privately to accomodate the lack of funds for and failure of the government to provide timelt protective orders for constituents.
To God be the glory for making a way and meeting the need somehow but we offer locally the fee for the protective order and the fee for the sheriff's office to make the serve of the order and arrest.
We are at a cross road and making decisions. the climate and soil is right making good ground to sow good seed into toward these issues.
I will try to make the time to research and find if there are actually tangible means whereby we can organize with the purpose of legally and ethically be recognised by the government and participate in ways to forward the process through the private sector. May be I can speak with a local judge. Let's all agree in prayer and action in this matter.
Old Testament Nehemiah as he was rebuildind the walls of Jerusalem and the people began to grow weary and complain of the work he said to them..."Remember your sons and daughters, your wives, and your houses and lands...AND FIGHT!
Good old-fashioned regaining of memory of our loved ones and what we fight for and a fiery awakening of old-fashioned passion for our families will encourage us to continue cleaning up the debris left behind by complacent and apathetical people and agencies so that we can begin a campaingn toward private and personal prayer and then putting legs to our prayers.
Bake sales, yard sales, and other suggestinos will open the financial doors for us to gather the items we need to bobmbard Whashinton and our courts with our demands rfor a change...and our voices that WE want to a part of the process.
My aunt by marriage was beat to death in front og her children. My sister was beaten mercilessly in a day when there were no laws regarding DV.
And it does not get more personal for many others like Cherry Simpson whose daughter Regan and her children walk on pins and needles in a supposedly free society awaiting the untimely release of a convicted monster.
Pass the offering plate.
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