Domestic violence advocates seeing trend that has them concerned
SPOKANE, Wash. — Domestic violence advocates and police say they are seeing a growing trend, individuals facing charges of domestic violence getting released without bail and a no-contact order, but then violating those court orders and contacting their alleged victims.
KXLY was in court Thursday following a case that fits the trend.
These are the brave words of a scared woman, who accused her ex-boyfriend and father of her child of domestic violence.
“I fear for my family safety, he is a violent person and has made several threats to kill me,” said the alleged victim. “George Johnson is currently in jail, when he is released most likely he will re-offend again and I worry for my children and myself.”
She had told police when they arrested Johnson on January 1, that he had punched her in the face, ripped out her hair and threatened to kill her.
He was arrested on charges of domestic violence, harassment, obstruction and resisting arrest.
But Johnson was out the next day with a court order not to contact his alleged victim. Police say he violated that order within hours of release.
Johnson wound up back in court and was released with a new no contact order.
Which he has not violated according to police.
On Wednesday, his alleged victim took him to court herself, asking a judge for a domestic violence protection order, which was granted for both her and her daughter.
She said in court, the violation from the previous no-contact order occurred when Johnson had his step-father and friend call her, while he listened in the background.
Johnson is still going through criminal proceedings.
KXLY will be digging into this trend, asking judges and prosecutors the hard questions. We will also be following up with the YWCA to see how this trend is impacting their work. We will also talk with investigators to bring this trend they are seeing to light.
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