December 27, 2010

Reading between the lines...

New Zealand's Domestic Violence Act has come a long way over the years. Now it includes a mandate for psychological abuse. In short, it covers violence that cannot be seen on a person's body and stalking is one of them.

Unfortunately, the Law is useless. It may have a section for policing things like stalking under domestic violence but unwanted contact from someone is hard to get anyone, let alone the Police or a Judge, to take seriously. A few years ago I applied for a protection order and was refused on the grounds that "we no longer reside together." Thanks for nothing. Meanwhile back in the jungle, this useless prick did everything but threaten me and my child and there was nothing I could do. Three months later, we were back in Court and I was granted a "no contact order" which was as good as a broken condom - you used it all right but deep down you know it's bloody useless. 

I read this article in the newspaper and I see a woman fleeing from domestic violence, her perp hard on her heels, or her bumper so it would seem. Now she's dead, driven off the road. 
Gayle Jean Anderson's car slammed into a power pole on Bush Road, about 15km from Dunedin, at 9.30pm on Friday.A Mosgiel man, who owned a dark blue 2001 Subaru Impreza, which police believe was racing or following the car driven by Ms Anderson, came forward to police yesterday, Senior Sergeant Brian Benn said. The man was known to Ms Anderson."

1 comment:

  1. It's interesting to note that the "perp" took a whole entire days before turning himself in at the Police station. I smell grog all over this... sobering up enough so as not to look like a drunk driver, yet drunk enough at the time to have slammed her off the road. I hope he gets what he deserves.


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