Domestic violence monitoring not enforced by California sheriffs

Victims of domestic violence desperately need assistance if they are going to break the cycle of violence. The cycle of violence begins when the victim is first subjected to abusive behavior from their loved one. This can come in the form of physical or emotional abuse. Once the abuse starts, the victim is left to feel helpless and alone. One result of domestic violence is to make the victim feel isolated from close family members and friends.

California passed a law known as "Kathy's Law" in 2012. The law provides for electronic monitoring of domestic violence offenders. Although this law could go a long way in protecting victims, many local sheriffs claim they do not have the resources to implement the monitoring.

The court in a domestic violence case can issue a temporary or permanent restraining order. In many cases the restraining order can be issued on an emergency basis. A restraining order typically makes it illegal for an abuser to come within a certain distance of the victim, her children or her home. Violation of the order may lead to jail time.

When safety is at risk, prompt action is essential. Contacting police immediately is the first priority in a volatile domestic situation. An attorney with experience in domestic violence cases can help obtain a restraining order that will order the offender to keep away from the victim. But without the electronic monitoring mandated by Kathy's Law, many offenders will be able to defy the restraining order and potentially harm the victim again.