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.
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.
Show Guests and Resources:
- Stephen Grant, Director, Family Services, State of CT Judicial Branch: http://www.jud.ct.gov/cssd/familysvs.htm
- Karen Jarmoc, Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence: (860) 282-7899 http://www.ctcadv.org/
- Rape Declaration Forum: WBAI 99.5FM (3rd Thursday of month, 9pm-10pm eastern): http://www.wbai.org/program.php?program=124
- New York Women’s Agenda: http://newyorkwomensagenda.org/
- Crime Prevention 101 Radio Show on Orders of Protection with GPS Monitoring Component: http://bit.ly/OP-GPS
- 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:
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 http://www.thehotline.org/
- National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV): www.ncadv.org
- Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) materials: National Domestic Violence Awareness Month Project: http://dvam.vawnet.org
- Womens Law Center – http://www.womenslaw.org
- Legal Facts about Restraining Orders/ dHow.com: http://www.ehow.com/facts
- What is and How to Get a Restraining Order/about.com: http://divorcesupport.about.com/od/abusiverelationships/a/restrain_order.htm
- Times Up: A Guide On How To Leave And Survive Abusive And Stalking Relationships by Susan Murphy Milano. Tips on safety planning BEFORE and AFTER leaving an abusive relationship.
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