Monday, February 15, 2010

Domestic Violence Rally Is Not Asking for Enough

They want GPS monitoring, which is a good step, but not enough. Rally Against Domestic Violence Held At State Capitol -

Like most stories about domestic violence, this one starts with a tragedy.
Tiana Notice was good at taking matters into her own hands. One semester away from a master's degree, she dutifully went to police each time she thought her ex-boyfriend was harassing her.

Even as she lay bleeding on her Plainville deck, Notice, 25, dialed 911 on her cellphone and said: "My ex-boyfriend just stabbed me to death."

Early the next morning, the ex-boyfriend, James P. Carter II, was charged with murder. More than two months later, he was charged additionally with violating a restraining order, and he remains in jail, awaiting trial.
The father of Tiana Notice is calling for GPS monitoring of domestic violence offenders.

Giving warning to intended victims would be a good thing. But do you think the police will always arrive before the bad guy does? (See my posts on Calling 911 for some examples.) Having a warning is a good thing. But what are you going to do with that warning? Leaving and avoiding trouble is always a good strategy.

But I still hold that women (people) who have a restraining order against a violent stalker also need to have a plan for their personal protection. GPS monitoring and warning systems are fine things, but they will not be perfect. Sometimes no warning will come, or it will come too late.

GPS monitoring is fine, but I also think that women (people) who get restraining orders should find out about concealed carry, self-defense, and personal safety in general. (Most homes need better locks. Alarms do serve some purpose. Pepper spray is better than nothing, if your state doesn't recognize your right to keep and bear arms. There is always something you can do, even if you can't in the end guarantee your own safety any more than the state can.)

But the idea that people should take any individual action is anathema to the Left. Rely on the police, on the courts, on the government to take care of you. Don't consider the fact for all the government may do, you may still face danger on your own. What are you going to do?


Zendo Deb said...

I am not advocating blaming the victim. There is only one person responsible for the murder of Ms. Notice.

See what I have said previously about responsibility and blame.

JM Black said...

I completely agree that victims of stalking need to have a plan that extends beyond calling the police and filing restraining orders. Guns might or might not help, but safety training certainly could. (e.g.--What happen before a situation gets violent? How can you communicate with an agitated person without escalating the situation?) I'd love to see safety training become a part of *everyone's* lives. That's my two-cents', anyway.