Note: Cross posted from [wp angelfury] Crisis in the Family Courts; Our Children are at Risk~!.
Ok I am set for another contempt but today I have more important things to do like BREAK THE CHAINS OF SILENCE-I WILL NOT SHUT UP, GIVE UP AND I WILL NOT GO AWAY!!
Hoffman Filed another show cause for contempt SEE BELOW-
10/16/2009 #88 Motion filed and entered by DONALD R HOFFMAN for HAL RICHARDSON, FOR ORDER TO APPEAR & SHOW CAUSE
10/16/2009 AFFIDAVIT IN SUPPORT OF MOTION FOR ORDER TO APPEAR & SHOW CAUSE FILED
Please ALSO GO TO THE LOCAL MEDIA BELOW SIGN IN AND post comment… WE NEED TO SUPPORT THE MEDIA WHEN THEY DO TRY TO SUPPORT THE VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE!!
they COUNT ON US AS WE COUNT ON THEM… LET THEM KNOW THAT YOU APPRECIATE THEM GOING OUT ON A LIMB, BEING THRETENED ETC… FOR EXPOSING THE TRUTH!!
Domestic violence is on the rise in Shawnee County
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 02:59 P.M., OCTOBER 20, 2009
UPDATED 05:48 P.M., OCTOBER 20, 2009
"I remember curling up in a ball to protect her from the kicks," domestic violence survivor, Claudine Dombrowski, described.
Claudine Dombrowski is a survivor to domestic violence, a cycle she went back to many times. "I had a choice I could see my daughter or I could never see her again. The abuser had complete control, so I got my daughter back and went back to him."
Going back to an abusive relationship is a problem District Attorney Chad Taylor said his office sees quite often. "We see it everyday, and it's just a matter of the psychology of the cycle of abuse," Taylor said.
The number of cases coming across Taylor's desk is growing. "Our year to date projections for 2009 total is going to be an increase of about 80 percent for the domestic battery cases that we filed," Taylor said.
Claudine fights to help women like herself who have fallen in the hands of abuse. "This was the crow bar, and then I was beaten and raped," Dombrowski said.
She said she never reported her beatings until after her daughter was born.
Taylor said it happens often, "It goes from bruises to hospitalization, to like we said this is all about homicide prevention."
Claudine said even if you haven't been a victim, you probably know someone who has and you can help them. "Don't think it's you...get rid of the scarlet letter of shame, it's the most important thing."
Taylor wants to show there's help out there for victims. "Making this a priority and letting people know that this will not be tolerated in our community," Taylor said.
Taylor's office gave us statisitics on Domestic Violence in 2008 the DA's office received 1267 cases, out of those 508 were filed. Starting from January 1st until October 16, 2009 there have been 1347 cases received, and out of those 849 cases have been filed.
One Domestic Battery charges, in 2008 there were 723 received and 246 filed for court. The projections for this year are 784 received and 443 filed, meaning an eighty percent increase on Domestic Battery.
Every week in the United States...
- Over 200,000 people stay in a domestic violence shelter or transitional housing program
- Over 150,000 people call emergency domestic violence hotlines
- Nearly 60,000 victims of domestic violence request services that domestic violence programs are unable to provide
Every week in Topeka...
- 12 people stay in Topeka's only emergency domestic violence shelter
- 20 people call the YWCA's 24-hour emergency helpline
One week in October...
- Our community stands up, embraces love and stops violence
10.18: Reflection Vigil
5-6pm, Lake Shawnee Botanical Gardens
Each year, Topeka's faith community gathers to begin the week with prayer and reflection. Help bring about a more peaceful world. Those who attend will have an opportunity to share stories and create peace flags to honor survivors.
This day will also be a city-wide Day of Prayer for Peace as faith communities pray for an end to domestic violence in their Sunday services. To participate or learn more, click here.
10.19: Chalk at the Capitol
5:30-8pm, Kansas Capitol Building South Lawn
Join us for free family fun including carnival games, moonwalks, prizes, art activities and a hot dog dinner! Chalk at the Capitol is a special night for families who want to have fun and start talking about peaceful relationships.
10.20 Sin by Silence Film Screening
7:00-8:30pm at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
From behind prison walls, Sin by Silence reveals the lives of extraordinary women who advocate for a future free from domestic violence. Inside the California Institution for Women, the first inmate-initiated and led group in the US prison system, shatters the misconceptions of domestic violence. Against the system and against the odds, the women of Convicted Women Against Abuse have risen to expose the stigma of domestic violence, reveal the brutal details of violent relationships, explain the lack of options available to women and, most importantly, how domestic violence affects each and every one of us. Please join us for this powerful film. A panel discussion featuring Olivia Klaus, the film's producer / director and Brenda Clubine, founder of CWAA will follow the film. Learn more about the film atwww.sinbysilence.com.
10.21 March and Rally to End Domestic Violence
12-1pm starting at the YWCA of Topeka and ending at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas campus
Each year since 1995, Topekans have gathered at this event to make their voices heard. Join your voice with hundreds of concerned community members as we demand an end to domestic violence. The march will begin at the YWCA of Topeka where participants will gather and pick up signs. Marchers will then walk through the heart of downtown Topeka to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas campus for a free hot dog lunch, speakers and performances. This year’s speakers include Curt and Christi Brungardt, whose daughter Jana Mackey was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2008. Learn more about the Brungardt’s efforts to honor their daughter’s life at www.1100torches.org.
10.21 Relationship Ready!
6-8pm at Royal Valley High School
Parents and teens are realizing it's important to have conversations about healthy dating. It may seem like a challenge, but really it’s a simple as sharing information and values with each other. Relationship Ready will help start the conversation. Parents and/or teens are welcome to attend this event for fun, games, food and great conversations. Participants will rotate between three activities: Dating Dangers Bingo (a chance to identify and talk about dating abuse warning signs and healthy relationships), Risk Reduction Round-Up (learning the best ways to reduce risk for sexual assault) and STI TMI Jeopardy (play in teams to test your knowledge of birth control, sexually transmitted infections and more). Free pizza dinner will be provided. Download a printable flyer for this event
10.22 Speak Up, Speak Out Teen Performance Art Night
6-8pm at The Break Room
Teens showcase their talents in drawing, painting, photography, song, dancing, poetry and more as the speak out against relationship violence. Prizes will be awarded to the top entries in visual and performance art.
10.23 Empowerment Now! Self-Defense Class
12-1pm or 5:30-6:30pm at the YWCA Health Arena
This free self-defense class will help participants learn a few new moves while getting a great workout and building confidence. Attend either convenient session.
10.24 Voices against Violence Featuring Katlyn Conroy
9pm-midnight at Bosco's
Indie, folk and acoustic artist Katlyn Conroy brings melodramatic pop from Lawrence to our fair city. Check out original music from Katlyn and DJ Morris Mars at Boscos during Voices Against Violence. Cover charge is $5 at the door. All proceeds benefit the YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment (formerly the YWCA Battered Women Task Force) in their efforts to help victims of domestic and sexual violence. Hear Katlyn athttp://www.myspace.com/katlynconroy or Morris at http://www.myspace.com/morrismars