April 05, 2021

The System That's Supposed to Protect Us...

That system can't be bothered to enforce the law about violating restraining orders. Domestic violence in Chicago: few arrests for Bischof Law violations though thousands violate safety zones for victims - Chicago Sun-Times

About 12,000 times last year, Chicago police officers were alerted that people were violating court orders barring them from entering safety zones designed to protect victims of domestic violence.

But even as the number of those warnings skyrocketed, only a few of those instances resulted in arrests.

Say it again - 12,000 violations of safety zones mandated by restraining orders. "Few" arrests.

Yeah, that sounds like a system I would bet my safety and maybe my life on. Not.

At least someone speaks the truth.

Asked about the rise in those GPS alerts and the scarcity of arrests, Neha Gill, executive director of Apna Ghar, a domestic violence prevention group in Chicago, says, “For an abusive person intent on hurting the survivor, law enforcement and jail time are actually not that much of a deterrent.”

If you have a violent (or even potentially violent) stalker, then you need a plan for your personal safety. Personally, I like a 9mm semiautomatic pistol, a case of ammo, and some instruction. You are free to choose a different path.

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