Jan Williams, the Director, Campaign for Effective Domestic Abuse Laws, calls for immediate attention towards the way domestic abuse is perceived and being acted upon by the law. Domestic and familial violence are criminal offenses. It occurs when a spouse or ex-partner is subjected to aggressive, abusive, or bullying behavior or acts in order to intimidate and dominate them. It can occur both inside and outside the home. It instills terror in the body, mind, and soul.
Given domestic abuse victims' recognize
d aversion to criminalizing current or former partners, or engaging in criminal procedures that are likely to aggravate their situation, it is both unjust and predictable that the police are once again the target of complaint and investigation. Police failing to proceed with orders on men being accused of abuse and the procedures of proper and equitable investigation towards these cases.
When Erin Pizzey, a domestic violence advocate, first brought up the concept of "battered spouses" in the 1970s, family (civil) court non-molestation orders were created to provide applicants with a safe way out of potentially life-threatening circumstances. The respondents needed to “show cause” as to why they should not be imprisoned for two years. At that time, laws were established to instantly arrest them. If a victim calls to report that a responder has used or threatened violence, they must return them the next day for a hearing before a senior judge.
The usage in 2007 of a law making a breach a criminal offense, culpable as it were in criminal procedures, and denying judges from connecting powers of capture, was a gigantically retrograde step and has clearly not sent culprits “the solid message” its advocates intended. Meaning, still to this day, victims are not being protected to their full potential by the law.
Jan Williams, states “I encourage the quick re-empowerment of casualties by permitting family courts to connect powers of capture to their orders, so that breaches may be expeditiously and unproblematically enforced.”