Massachusetts is one of the best states for protecting and providing services for victims of domestic violence, but there is still very large danger and limited legal protection for the victims. I especially want my state leading the example to the rest of the country by providing as full coverage for these women as possible. To this end, I’m advocating for some kind of partnership with security companies that offer private, individual services. There are security companies that offer specific D.V. protection services like Protecting Hands in Dallas - http://www.reynoldsprotection.com/Domestic.html. However these services seem to be incredibly few and far between and are very hard to find information on or gain access to. This is exactly what domestic violence victims need. Women who are afraid to press charges are completely justified in that the attacker typically does not stay in jail for very long (if convicted, typical jail time served is 18 months) and will likely immediately target the victim for further abuse upon release. Restraining orders as well have little effect in deterring an assailant intent on causing serious bodily harm. The police can only intervene after a violation has been made; and the assailant must further be charger, decided by the DA, and even then given a sentence for up to 1 year and fines for a first time violation. This means that a man who has received a restraining order can still easily hunt down and kill the victim, and this is a reality that occurs too often. All this minimal protection is only good assuming there is no prejudice or discrimination against the victim during the entire legal process. We do not yet live in a sexism-free society. I believe it is the government’s job to provide full freedom for its citizens, and everyone should thusly be able to live free from the fear of violence. It seems to me that a service which provides security services to victims would prevent much of the retaliation and violence that occurs to victims trying to free themselves from their abuser. This would also give the family much more peace of mind and ability to live their lives fully knowing they are being protected. The state should strive for a partnership with an existing company or start a program of its own that provides services to all victims, regardless of financial ability or race and gender. It is not just in the best interest of these individuals, but for every member of society as well. Domestic violence is not always contained to just one individual. Abusers who track down their former victims with the intent to kill often include bystanders in the crossfires. Family members and friends trying to shelter the victim are often targeted as well at the time of the attack. An attack may be made in public, ie at a victim’s place of work, which makes any people nearby potential targets. Here is an article which cites several examples of the scenario above: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/relationship-advice/intimate-terrorism.
I implore you to continue fighting for protection of victims of domestic violence and use any and all means necessary to meet this end.