Prosecutor briefly decides to stop prosecuting misdemeanor domestic abuse

Prosecutor briefly decides to stop prosecuting misdemeanor domestic abuse

Leigh Goodmark, writing for the Baltimore Sun, advocates for “alternative methods” of dealing with domestic abuse – after a city prosecutor made the decision (due to budget cuts) to stop prosecuting misdemeanor domestic abuse cases.

After the prosecutor announced the news, the city council repealed its misdemeanor domestic violence law, which “decriminalized” that particular crime, leading Claudine Dombrowski, a prior victim of domestic violence, to throw a pair of dice across the room.

As Dombrowski’s action illustrates, the prosecutor and city council were “rolling the dice” with women’s lives with their decision to decriminalize the offense.

(The prosecutor began prosecuting misdemeanor-level domestic violence crime again after public outrage.)

But the example leads Goodmark to question whether the legal system does enough to protect women from domestic abuse in the first place: “holding men who abuse accountable for their actions,” and writes that rates of domestic violence have not gone down since the 1994 Violence Against Women Act.

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