Today, Senator Jim Hargroves Committee heard testimony today with regards to Senate Bill 6511. Frankly I was appauled at the opening of this hearing, that the total bias that is so obvious with this Committee. Let me explain. When Senator Steven’s opened up as to why this hearing was being heard by the committee, she stated that she knows that there are so many WOMEN that are victims of domestic violence. Here we are, in 2012, and we still can’t get the Legislature to understand this is not a women’s issue, but a family issue. Domestic Violence happens to Men and Women equally, many federal studies demonstrate this. Why can’t members of this committee get this into their line of thinking. There is no place for BIAS in Washington State, either in the Legislature, or in the Courts.
It was interesting to hear Grace from the Washington State Domestic Violence Commission state that this bill will keep Domestic Violence victims from getting help they need. What? You have YWCA’s all over this state, you have Millions of dollars in DV funds.
On the flip side, name one single resource for Fathers that are falsely accused? You can’t. They don’t exist. More evidence of Bias bestowed upon Fathers in Washington State.
It was interesting to hear the attorney’s that talk about how short staffed they are for representing DV victims. Recall, none for those that are accused given an attorney. And, if the DV commissioner reduced the number of false accusers, they would not have this issue of not enough resources, since there is so much waste today because of false allegations.
The big issue I have with the lawyers is that they are all about how tough it is to get evidence into the courts. For Gawd sakes, you are affecting the lives of people for the rest of their lives, removing them from the lives of their children, and you are concerned that you have to provide real evidence? These are serious accusations, and they require serious consideration by the courts.
Stop the Bias, stop it now! Watch the Video - http://www.tvw.org/index.php?option=com_tvwplayer&eventID=2012021024 Begins at 60 minutes on the tape.