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Violence Against Women Act And The GOP

By March 29, 2012

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Representative Don Pridemore of Wisconsin doesn't believe in divorce, no matter the circumstances. He has quite a unique take on what a woman should do if her husband is abusing her. According to him, "If they can re-find those reasons and get back to why they got married in the first place it might help."

"If they can" and , "it might help" seems like sure fire solutions to the problem of domestic abuse in Wisconsin or, anywhere else for that matter. Pridemore is just one member of the GOP who is against the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act.  The opposition comes from the fact that the Act now includes protection for same sex couples and immigrants and a few new funding expansions that would mean an "expansion" of government. Or so those who speak for the GOP say.

This attitude doesn't bode well for the GOP but it puts women in an even worse position. We've heard lately about limiting women's access to contraception and taking away their choice when it comes to abortion. If the GOP has its way and succeeds in not reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act that will leave 84% of the victims of domestic abuse with fewer legal avenues when it comes to protecting themselves against an abuser.

The GOP needs to put some thought into the position they will find themselves in with women before they litigate this particular issues. I don't know anything other to say except, anyone who believes in social justice and the rights of women AND men, please pay attention. Contact your local senator and congressman and let them know that it is unacceptable to take away the legal right of anyone to protect themselves from domestic abuse.

April 3, 2012 at 1:11 pm
(1) Shari Hodges says:

Well…I’m a woman, who was in an abusive marriage, and my ex-husband used the Violence against Women act, to retalliate against me for defending myself – and my ex is a Federal agent – and works where they control the database – so he put my name on the database, with a special instruction to call him if I violated the order – the order included banning me from Washington DC and every Federal building in the United States – because I threatend to report him to his superiors –

I sued him for abuse of process in Federal court, and we’re over there in the 9th Circuit arguing about it right now – You basically forgot that Federal agents are also abusive – and the guys who control the databse have a lot to lose if their ex-wives ever report them to the government oversight agencies -

April 9, 2012 at 12:10 pm
(2) Debbie says:

Pridemore DOES NOT speak for the entire GOP. I was abused in every form & fashion during my 1st marriage. After 9.5 yrs, I got the courage to leave & never go back.
It is a shame that the government has to get involved & legislate laws concerning marital violence! Not only does it drive more government control – not intended by our Founders; but there is a cost to all of us taxpayers! Because of coward bullies!

April 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm
(3) Goldy55 says:

What Mr. Pridemore doesn’t GET is HE IS AN ABUSER! Anyone who can’t understand why a partner, of either sex, who abuses another should be out is an ABUSER! Most Abusers never see their behavior as ABUSIVE! That’s the problem. I’m Catholic & a Nun told me yrs. ago God didn’t want anyone to stay in a marriage who was being ABUSED! Abusers are angry & ANGER is a SIN against GOD!

April 12, 2012 at 11:02 am
(4) Jane says:

I live with an abuser. Ive been married to my husband for almost 26 years. I am working up the courage to finally take the first step and get out. He is emotionally,psychologically, and at times has been physically abusive. To change these laws is like sending women’s rights into the dark ages. Things still haven’t changed much here were I live in northern upstate NY. When Ive called the local police when he choked me, they knocked on the door and he didn’t answer and they did nothing. When he literally beat the crap out of me, they did nothing, when he tried to stop me from leaving the house, the only reason they did anything is because I had a cut on my hand and was bleeding, when I called because he threatened me again, they said I could go to a shelter. Clearly there needs to be changes made to the laws. Why should the abused be removed from the home, and not the abuser? Why is it nessessary for the abused to be bruised or bleeding for anything to be done? I have been since advised by the women’s abuse hotline to never call the local police. always call the state police.

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