Officer-Involved Domestic Violence
Network [OIDVN] is not an org.
It is a network of people. Whoever helps a victim, promotes policy
within law enforcement agencies, works for law change, lifts
awareness, taps the media, facilitates an intervention, or shouts out loud IS the network.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, before you use the internet to look for help or information, please take the time to look up internet safety from a safe computer.
Nobody has the perfect answers. Even the people
considered to be experts on officer-involved domestic violence don't
always agree with one another on the best course of action to stay
safe or go forward on charges. For example, one might say get a protection order for your
own safety and another may say don't - that it will endanger you
further. Each oidv situation is different and ultimately you will
have to make your own decisions.
as much information as you can to make your decisions with.
Needing help is a vulnerable
time, and sadly, there are people out here who are not honest. Before you trust websites
or people offering help for officer-involved domestic violence victims
check their integrity - or have someone check them out for you.
A few Google searches can reveal if they live up to what they claim
HOW OFFICER-INVOLVED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
IS DIFFERENT - From
LifeSpan's website - Some basic differences for those who can't imagine
why this area of domestic violence needs to be addressed any
differently - Pages 1,
POLICE FAMILY VIOLENCE FACT SHEET
- from The National Center for Women and Policing
- "Two studies have found that at least 40% of police officer families
experience domestic violence, in contrast
to 10% of families in the general population...." This research
is old. We need new studies. It's all we have so we quote it, but
I'm not satisfied with the scale or method. Most law enforcement
agencies do not keep specific count of officer-involved domestic
daughter Crystal Judson (Brame) was shot by her estranged
husband - Tacoma Washington's police chief - in
his murder-suicide. This is the most informative collection of accomplished changes
and progress since that tragic day. He works in behalf of not only female victims,
but everyone involved, including officers and law enforcement
Does not charge a speakers fee. [OIDVN
of Crystal & Domestic Violence Activist
ABUSE OF POWER
"This website is for and by women who have been abused
by intimate partners who are police officers or firefighters."
There's a lot
here - and the best way to discover how much is to go
explore her site. -
Trainer, Expert testimony, Author. Email
OIDV - Louisiana survivor
offering support - "...So many times, I was told, "no one will ever believe you"; "I could kill you and no one will ever know what happened to you"...
BIRDS DON'T FLY AT NIGHT
- "I am Caryn Dossantos. I am chronicling my life
in going through a divorce from my husband Marcel Dossantos,
a deputy with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office,
and my experiences with domestic abuse."
Rosaura Torres -
Rosa is an author, activist, and speaker taking
every opportunity to speak out in behalf of victims
& to hold police accountable to maintain the professionalism
that's expected from them. Her book: Abuse Hidden Behind
the Badge. Video.
For Bernita! -
One month after filing for divorce,
Michigan State Trooper Sgt.'s wife Bernita Sims (White)
was executed by a snipers shot through her heart while
walking into Potter Park Zoo alongside her then 5 yr
for Jenny - Jennifer
Marie Webb and her unborn son Braxton James Donald Webb
were murdered. Facing murder charges is her boyfriend
Buena Vista MI Police Officer Kenneth Bluew.
for Tera Chavez - Tera was reported by
her husband, Albuquerque NM Police Officer Levi Chavez,
to have killed herself. He is currently being held in
connection with her death. [Video here]
Jacque S Waller - Jacque Sue Rawson-Waller,
mother of 3 children and estranged wife of former Cape
Girardeau County MO sheriff's deputy James "Clay"
Waller - vanished the day their divorce was to be finalized.
UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF ONLINE SOCIAL NETWORKING! IT HAS BEEN
AN AWESOME PLACE TO OUTREACH TO VICTIMS AND NETWORK WITH PROFESSIONALS.
Judson (Brame) -
Crystal was fatally shot in a public parking
lot by her estranged husband, Tacoma Police
Chief David Brame - who then also fatally shot
himself. Family and public response brought
DANIEL HIERS FUGITIVE
- Page dedicated to locating a Charleston [SC] officer who was facing molestation
charges, resigned, killed his wife Ludimila Hiers, then disappeared. U.S. Marshals
believe fellow officers helped him abscound. Maintained
by a Detective who wants to find him.
IN MEMORY OF PATSY TINSLEY BRADLEY - (2005) Patsy's husband ex-Woodfin [NC]
Police Chief has not been charged with her death yet, but
was charged a month after her death with domestic assault
of Patsy. Page is maintained by her brother.
[RI] DETECTIVE TORI-LYNN HEATON - "I am a police Detective in Rhode Island
and I've been in the biz for 18+ years. I am a survivor of Domestic
Violence perpetrated by the hands of fellow police officer..."
JUSTICE FOR BARBARA-DENIED!
- Page successful in helping get St. Paul Minnesota's Police Dept's civilian
Foster indicted for the murder of Barbara Winn. Crucial evidence was withheld so he was found
and some Jurors cried when they learned the facts afterwards.
Maintained by Barbara's sister-in-law Patty Bruce.
Patty's incredible website for Barbara and Barbara's justice
at her more comprehensive dot
- Stacy was
Bolingbrook Illinois Sergeant Drew Peterson's 4th wife who remains missing. His 3rd wife,
Kathleen Savio, was
murdered and her death is under investigation. Maintained by Stacy Peterson's sister Cassandra Cales.
OFFICERS AGAINST LAW ENFORCEMENT DV "We
are a few that have come together to raise awareness,
promote education, and seek justice for those
who have been hurt on our watch, behind the
Blue Wall." Maintained by a survivor of oidv, Maria DiGiovanni
- not a law enforcement officer.
JUSTICE FOR DETROIT'S ROSE COBB - The
hitman said he was hired by Rose's husband Detroit
Michigan Police Sgt. David Cobb.
was not arrested due to lack of evidence. UPDATE: Sgt Cobb
found dead hanging from tree in a park.
AUSTIN TYLER VISION OF LIFE FOUNDATION
- 4year old Austin was shot and killed in his father's - Albany Gerogia police officer Andrew
- murder-suicide, right in front of Austin's mother - who was also shot trying save her son.
Maintained by Austin's mother,
IN LOVING MEMORY OF ERIN - Erin LeeAnn (Wade) Jones murdered by her Dodge City,
Kansas Police officer boyfriend, Christopher Tahah (2007). Maintained
by Erin's mother.
PAGE TO BECKY TORRES -
Rebecca "Becky" Torres was shot and killed
by her Flint [MI] Firefighter husband. Her family waits
for justice with broken hearts.
JUSTICE FOR JENNI - After
breaking up with her Tulsa Oklahoma
Police Sgt. boyfriend, Stephen Boyes, Jennifer Herd was found dead
with a single gunshot wound to her head and her case remains
JESSIE & UNBORN CHLOE DAVIS - Slain by Canton [OH]
Police Officer Bobby Cutts who had previous domestic issues: Jessie Davis & full-term baby Chloe Davis
SONIA GARCIA - Sonia was killed while alone with her New
York Police Department fiance'. He has finally been arrested
OUT OF THE DARKNESS INTO THE LIGHT.
outcome of the investigation from Internal Affairs and
the results was that, they blamed me for my own injuries...
On June 8, 2007 the federal judge ruled that the trooper
was liable for the injuries that I sustained. What horrifies
me more then anything is that, this trooper was never
brought up on charges...."
AVAILABLE GRANT MONEY:
GRANT TITLE: STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT GRANT (VAWA)
[Excerpt] ...To provide funding to law enforcement agencies, nonprofit
nongovernmental victim services providers, and State, tribal,
territorial, and local governments, (which funding stream shall be
known as the Crystal Judson Domestic Violence Protocol Program) to promote:
development and implementation of training for local victim domestic
violence service providers, and to fund victim services personnel, to
be known as "Crystal Judson Victim Advocates," to provide supportive
services and advocacy for victims of domestic violence committed by law
implementation of protocols within law enforcement agencies to ensure
consistent and effective responses to the commission of domestic
violence by personnel within such agencies (such as the model policy
promulgated by the International Association of Chiefs of Police
['Domestic Violence by Police Officers: A Policy of the IACP, Police
Response to Violence Against Women Project' July 2003]
development of such protocols in collaboration with State, tribal,
territorial and local victim services providers and domestic violence
WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATORS:
LETTER TO ALL STATES
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OTHERS WHO INCLUDE OFFICER-INVOLVED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN THEIR WIDER PROJECTS:
The Battered Women's Justice Project (BWJP) has a page on their website: CONSULTING ON POLICE OFFICER-INVOLVED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE - "...BWJP partners with Diane Wetendorf, Inc to provide training and technical assistance to advocates, counselors, law enforcement and other professionals working with victims of police-perpetrated domestic violence..."
MURPHY-MILANO JOURNAL - Susan's father, a Chicago Police Detective, committed
murder-suicide on her mother when Susan was very young.
Susan's work has very much focused on keeping victims safe.
Her current blog explores with others current crimes in
PITTSBURGH WOMEN'S BLOGGING SOCIETY -
"...It all began with an excuse to get Maria to have coffee
with me. I dubbed it the Pittsburgh Women's Blogging Conference..."
(38 women contribute to this blog, including activists who helped
push Pittsburgh to establish a police domestic violence policy.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN POLICE FAMILIES
Page from Purple Berets domestic violence website
IF YOUR BATTERER IS A COP
page from Purple Berets
LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES:
RIPLEY TENNESSEE POLICE DEPARTMENT
Ripley addesses police officer-involved domestic violence
on their website. They are the only department that I know
of that does... 12.9 square miles of hope.
CHICAGO ILLINOIS POLICE DEPARTMENT'
The Chicago Police Department has established an independent unit within the Office of Professional Responsibility. Attorney, Advocate Jan Russell says, "Currently, I work for the Chicago Police Department advocating for victims of
domestic violence who are abused by members of the department -- primarily battered women abused by Chicago cops..."
FEW OREGON LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES PROACTIVE
Eugene Police Department & Lane County Sheriff's Office have
adopted a zero tolerance police domestic vioence policy. Last I
heard, Springfield was also considering some policy refining. The
agencies were motivated by the Tacoma Washington tragedy of Police
Chief David Brame's murder-suicide on his wife Crystal. It's brilliant
to not wait until after a tragedy. Leaders lead.