Domestic Diversions

“If I can’t have you . . . “

Project Peace published the Judicial Checklist prepared by the Judicial Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Domestic Violence, including the following “Red Flags to Judges” (excerpt):

*suicidal and/or homicidal ideation, threats or attempts
*escalation in frequency and severity of violent episodes
*weapons owned by perpetrator, threats to use weapons, or recent purchases of weapons
*prior criminal behavior or injunctions
*mental health issues, including: psychiatric history, medication needs, acute depression
*substance abuse
*preoccupied or “obsessed” with victim
*stalking
*saying “If I can’t have her, nobody can”

CAVEAT: In all likelihood, violence will escalate in frequency and severity when victim attempts to end relationship.


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