Heightened Monitoring, GPS Tracking For Those Accused Of Serious Domestic Violence

Amanda Marcotte with Slate writes about a “simple” solution – bearing in mind that few things in the law are very simple – to preventing someone accused of domestic abuse from seriously injuring or even killing the victim. It does seem like a relatively elegant solution to stopping serious domestic violence, depending on who you ask, and includes GPS tracking for those deemed most likely to seriously injure or kill.

Marcotte reports that not one victim has lost her life from violence or abuse since the Domestic Violence High Risk Team started up in 2005 in Massachusetts.

Here’s how it works:

 

  • The team evaluates risk factors like stalking and unemployment in every domestic violence case
  • Each alleged abuser gets a rating; high ratings mean greater monitoring by the state

 

As a result of the monitoring, high-risk abusers who continue to perpetrate domestic violence might have visitation cut off from their children, be ordered to wear GPS tracking devices, or might even be sent to jail.

Marcotte says the solution works because suddenly the abuser is the one who is being monitored and controlled, as opposed to the abuser monitoring and controlling the victim, and it appears to be reducing incidents of domestic homicide.

Source: Massachusetts’ Simple Solution for Preventing Domestic Homicide