Courts are putting pressure on local law enforcement agencies to sign up domestic violence cases to secure federal funding as a means to fund cash strapped family courts where nearly 400,000 new cases open each year in California alone.
The Violence Against Women Act is doing little to help women gain protection from real violence, and is providing incentive for false claims and an epidemic of DVRO issues.
Men and women who seek protection where they can't afford to hire a lawyer are not being protected and judges are bypassing jury hearings and placing victims under criminal DVROS after fancy lawyering pays off in the courtroom for represented abusers.
Sadly, DVROs based on little evidence or fact, are being issued at an unprecedented rate.
During a divorce case, a 3044 finding of domestic violence can destroy a parent's ability to see their children, or to continue working to pay court ordered child support. And while in 2018 new California laws require that employers not consider prior arrest and conviction records when hiring, people under a DVRO can immediately be terminated from schools and other businesses simply for being under a DVRO.
An audit of 400 cases show that divorce court judges are handing out DVROs at an unprecedented rate, but rarely to protect the real victims. The mandatory 52 week Batterer class has seen a surge in female enrollment, while male abusers who hire the right lawyers seem to get a free pass.
Federal grant funding has also given rise to false DV claims, and the audit indicates a core group of lawyers and judges in each county appear to be engaging in a racket that brings more money for lawyers and allows more violence in homes.
Good judges appear willing to allow people to work things out through civil and peaceful conduct orders, while bad judges appear more anxious to fill a secret quota to bring home the money.
The audit also indicated that a core group of law enforcement officers appear to be on the take where DV is concerned, as an appearance of cash kickbacks has been reportedly been paid from a core group of legal insiders. Cops who beat are being represented by these same lawyers in their own divorce cases, where the Blue Wall continues to protect the secrecy of abuse found in agencies across California.
Sadly, hundreds of thousands of children suffer by being deprived of loving parents and sent to live with abusers who control the money in a divorce or custody case. Federal funding may just be providing the economic incentive for this to go on in California's Family Courts.