Tuesday, December 12, 2017

SUSAN Guest-Hosts on WBAI 99.5FM: Orders of Protection & GPS Monitoring

On September 20, 2012, in preparation for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I guest-hosted the Rape Declaration Forum radio show on WBAI 99.5FM, along with Rebecca Myles and Jay Grayce, talking about Orders of Protection with a GPS monitoring component — a life-saving tool that has had positive results in reducing domestic violence or intimate partner homicides.
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 One of the most powerful measures a person can take to stop the violence in an abusive relationship is obtaining an Order of Protection (also known as a Restraining Order).  When the abuser is very violent and vindictive, however, Orders have been known to accelerate the violence; sometimes resulting in severe injury or death.  Judges can increase the safety of victims, and reduce the number of intimate partner homicides, by granting a Restraining Order with a GPS monitoring component — but only 15 states currently offer this protection.  Speaking as a Crime Prevention Specialist and co-chair of the Domestic Violence Committee of the New York Women’s Agenda, I feel this promising option needs to be given national attention.

CAUTION:  Before filing for any kind of restraining order to protect yourself (and your family), get advice from a local or national domestic violence organization or a Family Justice Center to help you make up your mind.

My first guests on the show were District Attorney Charles Hynes (Brooklyn, NY) and Wanda Lucibello, Chief of the Special Victims Bureau.  DA Hynes’ mother was a victim of domestic violence and he suffered greatly as a child.  With that personal involvement, he’s been innovative and forward-thinking about offering domestic violence services throughout his term as District Attorney.

Then, I spoke with Stephen Grant, Director of Family Services for the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch, and Karen Jarmoc, Interim Executive Director, Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  CT is one of the 15 states that offers GPS monitoring and it’s considered one of the most successful programs ever offered by the Judicial Branch.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month but every month should be!   If you need immediate help, call National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 (TDD). 

 Show Guests and Resources:

NYC Resources

  • IF YOU’RE IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP AND NEED HELP:  NYC Domestic Violence Hotline:  1-800-621-HOPE (4673):  24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Help is available in 150 languages; IF YOU’RE IN IMMEDIATE PHYSICAL DANGER:  CALL 911
  • Family Justice Centers in Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx (wherever is closer to you):  Call 311 for information
  • Spanish-speaking Hotline & Services // Immigrants (legal or undocumented):  VIOLENCE INTERVENTION PROGRAM: http://violenceinterventionprogram.org/ 800-664-5880

National DV Resources:

Smartphone Personal Safety Apps

    • MyForce:  Like OnStar for your cell phone with strong personal safety features, monitored 24/7 by trained operators.  App is free; monitoring service is modest expense and in some states, the Crime Victim Board has paid for this technology for domestic violence victims.  www.myforce.com
  • Circle of 6:  Location-based technology allows smartphone users to instantly tell friends when and where something is going wrong.  www.circleof6app.com
  • Bipper, also known as bSafe:  Most features of app are free but a few require a monthly or annual fee.  www.bipper.com; www.neverwalkalone.com