Student: Jenny Castro
Mentor: Christine Henderson
Domestic violence is a universal issue that has detrimental effects on society. People who experience intimate partner violence are prone to long term effects, which include mental, social, and physical problems. Victims face everyday challenges and obstacles that may prevent them from working, keeping a stable income, and remaining safe in their environments. There are resources available to help victims of domestic violence, but the legislation still lacks the power to help prevent domestic violence.
Current legislation helps protect victims of stalking, violence, and sexual violence. Also, the legislation includes restraining and protection orders, domestic violence advocates, domestic violence courts in certain jurisdictions, sex offender registries, shelters, counseling, and non-profit organizations. Restraining orders work and can be useful in reducing fear and violence, and national sex offender registries allow the public to be aware of violent sexual offenders who live and work in their communities. At this time, the United States does not have a registry for violent offenders in domestic violence like the convicted sex offender registry. Protection and restraining orders are available anywhere in the country at the local courts and have been utilized, but they need to be enforced by law enforcement, especially when it comes to parental kidnapping of young children. This policy analysis provides alternatives to improving domestic violence, lobbying for registries for repeat violent offenders, and more preventable solutions to aid victims before their lives are at risk and in danger.