A new law aimed at protecting victims of stalking and domestic violence has gone into effect.
Reports of domestic violence – including stalking – have been increasing in Colorado for the last decade.
Last year alone, there were more than 18,000 reports of domestic violence. But, it was a case involving a Colorado Springs woman that prompted the new law.
Police say Janice Nam’s ex-boyfriend shot her in the head last year, seven months after he was convicted of felony stalking but before he was sentenced.
Glen Galloway, police say, was awaiting sentencing when he cut his ankle monitor, killed a man to steal his truck, and broke into Nam’s house and shot her in the head.
“Right now, there’s a gap of six to eight weeks before sentencing after conviction, and unfortunately that was the gap and time period that Janice Nam lost her life,” said Representative Clarice Navarro (R) Pueblo, the sponsor of the bill.
Navarro closed the gap by passing a law that denies bail to anyone convicted of felony stalking or habitual domestic violence.
Instead, they will stay behind bars during the time between their conviction and sentencing.
“The convicted person has all this rage and anger,” says Navarro, “and that’s the perfect time for them to act out and retaliate.”
Recognizing and Responding to Stalking
Thursday, January 21st, 12:00-1:30 p.m. Eastern
In honor of National Stalking Awareness Month, this webinar focuses on recognizing and responding to stalking as a distinct crime as well as a co-occurring victimization.
By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
- Identify (and help victims and survivors identify) stalking in the context of interpersonal violence and sexual assault or as a unique victimization
- Recognize the impacts of stalking on victims and survivors
- Consider strategies for responding to stalking, including reporting options, documentation and technology safety
Elaina Roberts is the Program Attorney for the Stalking Resource Center (SRC) at the National Center for Victims of Crime. The mission of the Stalking Resource Center is to enhance the ability of professionals, organizations, and systems to effectively respond to stalking. The Stalking Resource Center envisions a future in which the criminal justice system and its many allied community partners will effectively collaborate and respond to stalking, improve victim safety and well-being, and hold offenders accountable.
As the Program Attorney for the Stalking Resource Center, Elaina provides technical assistance and training on all aspect of stalking to law enforcement, prosecutors, victim service providers, and other professionals. She also conducts legal research and analysis on current state and federal stalking laws, case law, and legislation. Prior to joining the SRC, Elaina was an Assistant District Attorney in Albuquerque, NM where she prosecuted cases in the Violent Crimes, Community Crimes, and Metro Divisions. She is licensed to practice law in Maryland, the District of Columbia, New Mexico, and Texas. Elaina obtained her J.D. from Baylor Law School and her B.S. from Texas Christian University.
January is Stalking Awareness Month. Visit www.stalkingawarenessmonth.org for more information.
A Mother Jones article on the Texas man who killed his wife’s sister and her family asks why the killer was able to have guns even though he was under a domestic violence restraining order, and reviews federal and state laws regarding gun possession for domestic violence attackers and stalkers.
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January 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the first National Stalking Awareness Month. During that time, laws have been strengthened, tens of thousands of professionals trained on responding to stalking, and services for victims of stalking have been expanded. Yet, each year, 6.6 million adults are stalked in the United States, so we still have more to do.
While legal definitions of stalking vary from one jurisdiction to another, a good working definition of stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.
- 1 in 6 women and 1 in 19 men have experienced stalking victimization at some point during their lifetime in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.
- The majority of stalking victims are stalked by someone they know. 66% of female victims and 41% of male victims of stalking are stalked by a current or former intimate partner
- 2/3 of stalkers pursue their victims at least once per week, many daily, using more than one method.
- 78% of stalkers use more than one means of approach.
- Weapons are used to harm or threaten victims in 1 out of 5 cases.
- Almost 1/3 of stalkers have stalked before.
- Intimate partner stalkers frequently approach their targets, and their behaviors escalate quickly.
More information and resources are available from The Stalking Resource Center of the National Center for Victims of Crime in partnership with the Office on Violence Against Women. The mission of the Stalking Resource Center is to enhance the ability of professionals, organizations, and systems to effectively respond to stalking.
Services available for victims of stalking
In Morgan, Logan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma Counties, these organizations provide services to victims of stalking through a Rural Violence Against Women Act Grant.
PO Box 440, Fort Morgan, CO 80701
24-Hour Crisis Line and Office Telephone 970-867-4444
Toll Free 1-877-867-9590
Help for Abused Partners
PO Box 1286, Sterling Colorado 80751
24-Hour Crisis Line and Office Telephone 1-970-522-2307
FAIRFAX, Va. – Victims of domestic violence often hide their abuse from family, friends and the police. But it’s the leading cause of homicides in affluent Fairfax County, according to a new report released this week.
Eight of the 14 homicides in Fairfax County in 2009 stemmed from a family dispute and most of the victims were women.
A 2012 review by a special committee the Board of Supervisors established found that only three of the victims ever contacted police and only one had a protective order prior to dying. The Fairfax County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team reviewed only 2009 homicides.
The Fairfax County review of domestic violence-related homicides also found the following:
- 63 percent of the domestic violence deaths involved guns;
- 38 percent involved stalking prior to the homicide;
- 25 percent of the homicide victims also were victims of domestic violence in previous relationships;
- 75 percent of the perpetrators were men;
- 40 was the average age of the victims;
- 45 was the average age of the offenders;
- 50 percent of the homicide victims expressed beliefs their partners had the capability to kill them;
- 50 percent of the offenders threatened to kill the victims before the homicides;
- None of the victims sought help from domestic violence advocacy services.
Fairfax is among the nation’s richest counties with a median household income of $105,409 in 2011.
In the county’s most recent homicide, a Reston woman was found dead inside her burning home. Her husband was found dead two days later of an apparent suicide in Texas.
Four of the 2009 homicides were accompanied by the offender’s own suicide, according to the report.