Saturday, May 11, 2013

TX - Texas House Passes Domestic Violence Registry Legislation

Original Article

Like we've said many times, why create many different registries instead of just one for all sinners? If it saves one person, isn't it worth it? We've said before that the (unconstitutional) sex offender registry was the test bed and more registries would come, well, as each day goes by, more and more registries are popping up. So, which registry will you eventually be on?


AUSTIN (AP/CBSDFW.COM) - People with a history of domestic violence are now easier to track. The Texas House of Representatives debated and passed House Bill 21 (PDF), creating a domestic violence registry, similar to the current Texas Sex Offender Registration Program maintained by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
- This bills title is "Relating to a central database containing information about offenders who have committed certain offenses against children or offenses involving family or dating violence."  Now, I thought the Adam Walsh Act was to create laws about abuse toward children, not just sex crimes against children, but all crimes, so why is another registry needed that wastes more tax payer money?

State Rep. Jason Villalba joint authored House Bill 21 with Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer. Once enacted, people who are convicted three times or more of domestic violence will be required to register as a repeat offender. The domestic violence registry will be available free online and will include the names, birth dates and recent photographs of the offenders.
- Why three or more times?  Wouldn't twice be considered a repeat offender?

Domestic violence is a growing epidemic with tragic consequences,” said Rep. Villalba. “By establishing a registry, we are making information available to warn potential victims. By making these repeat abusers known to the general public, we are giving people the tools they need to make informed decisions and prevent potential abuse.”
- So when are you going to give everyone the "tools to protect themselves" against gang members, DUI offenders, thieves, drug dealers / users, identity thieves, murderers, etc?  Why not just put all criminal records online so we can all name and shame the offenders and "protect" ourselves from them?

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the total number of reported Texas family violence incidents in 2011 was 177,983. Of these, nearly 40 percent involved violence against a spouse, nearly 16 percent was a result of violence against a child, and 44 percent involved violence against another family member.
- And from the report on sexual abuse (PDF), only 18,088 incidents.  So once again, it shows that sex crimes are not as wide spread as the media and self serving politicians lead you to believe, and that the re-offense rates for ex-sex offenders is lower than any other crime, except murder.

In Texas statute, domestic violence is defined as an act by a member of a family or household against another family member intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault or that is a threat placing the member in fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault, not including self-defense measures. It also includes abuse by a member of a family or household toward a child of the family or household and dating violence.

For more information about family violence in Texas, see the 2011 Crime in Texas report available on the Texas Department of Public Safety’s website.

There are several battered women’s shelter’s offering safety, support, prevention and social change for victims of domestic violence in North Texas: SafeHaven of Tarrant County, The Family Place, Genesis Women’s Shelter and Denton County Friends of The Family.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1.800.799.SAFE.


Da. Vinci said...

These registries aren't simply a database of court records that are already public, the registries require registrants to continually update their personal info and make that public even once they've completed their sentence. The article doesn't say how long domestic violence registrants would have to be on the list. For life?

Mark said...

In Massachusetts, if you are merely accused of this behavior, and later cleared, you are on it for life, and any state can access this information. It is really all about jurisdictional lines, and now information sharing which soon will come back to haunt almost every American living within our borders. BEWARE!!!!!