“Lisa’s Law” aimed to help domestic violence victims
Domestic violence victims could receive more protection soon in New Jersey as the state legislature is currently working a bill called “Lisa’s Law.” The law, which could go into effect next year, is named after Letizia “Lisa” Zindell who was beaten and strangled to death by her ex-fiancé. Her ex had continually violated a restraining order she had against him. This law would electronically monitor anyone who has violated a restraining order in the past and would alert the victim whenever the offender was nearby.
Although the bill will take a giant step forward in protecting domestic violence victims, it’s currently in legislative limbo. Recently the governor has vetoed the bill, wanting further research on the technology involved. However, similar laws are already in effect in 21 states and the District of Columbia. So why is New Jersey taking its time?
According to the New Jersey State Police, 70,311 domestic violence offenses were reported in 2011, a number that hasn’t decreased in the last few years. Of this number, only 21,000 of these cases ended in an arrest. And this type of crime hurts us all – although 76 percent of victims are female, men too receive abuse.
These statistics show that something is needed to be done to stop the violence and this law would take great strides in helping victims. Restraining orders are an effective tool in protecting the victim from his/her attacker; however, they can only do so much. If the attacker constantly violates a restraining order, than the victim may consider other legal methods that are available.