Declaring that "we have a public health emergency on our hands," Governor Deval Patrick yesterday unveiled plans to combat an alarming increase in deaths related to domestic violence.The plans include all of the mostly ineffective things they are doing today, only more of it.
Better police training isn't necessarily the solution, said Claudia Lopes, 25, of Dorchester, who has been in a shelter for 10 months since her son's father began abusing her physically. She said that her attacker became more violent after he found out that she had sought a restraining order.Let me see if I have this right. She did what the Left wanted her to do. She went to the "system" and got a restraining order. That made things worse, and she got little (no?) support from police.
"I was always scared to speak about it," she said. "And I was scared that if I did, it would get worse. I found the most comfort in the people I trusted, not the police, but it's different for everyone."
The police are not going to protect this woman 365 days a year. They may - through their increased training - make better decisions when they arrive on scene, but one day they may arrive at the scene of a murder. If that happens, they will get there after the fact.
The system can only do so much for you. If you need a restraining order, then you also need a plan for your personal protection. The police cannot protect you 24 hours a day. They are minutes away, even if you can call for help before you are assaulted. If you meet that violent offender, you are going to be on your own for far to long to trust your safety to "The System."
But in Massachusetts, they won't place any emphasis on personal responsibility, personal action, and the gods know they won't EVER mention firearms as being a valid means of self-defense. (They will probably have a candle-light vigil.)
They can't even effectively measure their effectiveness.
The program's success will be measured by the number of people seeking help from local resources before it is too late, Lauby said.How about judging the effort a success if fewer people are killed by violent stalkers? No, that makes too much sense.