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With El Paso's ripping growth, there too has been a sad growth in domestic crimes affecting many in our community. The Crime Victims Program of Texas instituted by the State Attorney General now stand ready to assist victims in need. The program is here in El Paso, Texas finally. Defined Here: The Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Chapter 56 defines victim as “a person who is the victim of the offense of sexual assault, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, trafficking of persons, or injury to a child, elderly individual, or disabled individual or who has suffered personal injury or death as a result of the criminal conduct of another. Physical Injuries to a person are now covered if deemed caused in a commission of a crime noted above. Victims of a crime as defined above, now have treatment options available to them and their family members. Qualification for the program has been made available for immediate access. Call our offices to see if you qualify for this program 915-850-0900
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HOW TO STOP DOMESTIC ABUSE? | El Paso, TX

HOW TO STOP DOMESTIC ABUSE? | El Paso, TX | Crime Victims Treatment Program "El Paso Tx" | Scoop.it

 

Domestic abuse: October is a Domestic Violence Awareness Month, so it is time to get a closer look at this increasing form of violent behavior. By and large, the general public is unaware of the effects domestic abuse has on its victims, other family members and society as a whole. Therefore, attempts are being made to heighten society’s awareness of the many facets of this violent crime that plagues America today.

 

Organizations such as National Center for Victims of Crime, Love is Respect Website and National Domestic Violence Hotline are educating the general public as well as potential victims of domestic abuse, about the elements of the crime of Domestic abuse, how to differentiate between this family crime and other crimes, and even how to tell whether any crime has actually been committed at all.

 

Because people should be aware of the types of abuse crimes that fall into the category of domestic abuse, and who the victims of domestic abuse are, the center is answering questions, such as “Does one have to be a spouse or other immediate family member to be considered a victim of domestic abuse?”

WHAT IS DOMESTIC ABUSE?

This is a crime that involves abuse of family members, romantic partners, and others. The crimes of domestic abuse are numerous, ranging from verbal abuse to murder. They include emotional abuse, such as intimidation and threats, assault, battery (with or without the use of a deadly weapon), sexual abuse (i.e. spousal rape), kidnapping, and detaining one against his or her will.

 

When considering crimes of domestic abuse, most states consider certain relationships to be ‘domestic relationships.’ In these states, the relationships usually include spouses, former spouses, persons who share a common child together, persons currently residing together or those that have previously shared a domestic living arrangement together, in their criteria for domestic relationships.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TODAY

The problem of Domestic violence is on the rise and becoming ever more dangerous to its victims who live in fear. However, the average person in the United States today is unaware of just how serious and out of hand the crime of domestic violence is becoming. This could possibly be because many Americans do not live with conflict and violence in their homes.

 

Conversely, many victims of domestic violence do not even realize that they are victims of the crime of domestic violence. They’ve been misled by their abusers and believe that the abuse they are victimized by, really is not abuse at all, but just “a way of life.”

 

 

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Domestic abuse, attempts are being made to heighten society’s awareness of the many facets of this violent crime that plagues America today. For Answers to any questions you may have please call Dr. Jimenez at 915-850-0900

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What we have accomplished and have yet to do

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One of the most troubling concerns facing our community is domestic violence. In Texas, 1 in 3 adult women has been a victim of domestic violence. Over the past year and a half, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times has done an excellent job of putting domestic violence at the forefront by covering its effects and exploring solutions to reduce the deadly trend. These stories and statistics should motivate all of us to work to better protect victims.

Since the 1980s, the prevention of domestic violence in Texas has been a top priority and much of my legislation supports programs that aim to overcome domestic violence. When I was chairman of the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, we held public hearings that discussed the serious problem of women serving prison time for defending themselves against a violent partner. As a result, several members carried legislation to change the laws to help protect victims of family violence.

In 2009, committee Chairman Abel Herrero and I authored Mary's Law, which allows for GPS monitoring of domestic violence offenders. And most recently, in 2015, I sponsored House Bill 2645, which allows juries to hear more information about family violence and increases accountability for offenders monitored by GPS as part of a protective order. This bill now allows law enforcement to arrest the violator in real time for a violation of a protective order, thereby increasing victim safety and offender accountability.

Funding to help prevent family violence is critical. As vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, I secured a $1 million increase in funding for the Battery Intervention Prevention Program, in which offenders are held accountable for past abusive behavior and taught the fundamentals of leading healthy, nonviolent relationships. The increase in funds allows services to expand and adds innovative approaches to current practice. Additionally, the 2016-2017 budget included $53.9 million for core services provided by family violence programs and $3 million to address unmet needs such as housing and childcare. We will continue to work with advocates to address funding shortfalls for organizations that provide assistance to victims and offenders.

While the Texas Legislature has strengthened laws against abusers to give district attorneys and our communities more tools to protect family violence victims and provide funds for family violence programs, much work remains to be done. In order to end the cycle of violence, our community needs to focus on prevention by raising public awareness while also effectively implementing and enforcing laws.

Implementation is key to protecting victims. It was alarming to learn that the family violence center in our community was closed on weekends. However, through the Coastal Bend Community Coordinated Response Coalition forums, victims and advocates called for change. As a result, Corpus Christi Police Chief Mike Markle implemented changes so that family violence detectives are rotated for weekends and after-hours duty. This is a step in the right direction so that victims of abuse do not live in fear simply because it is a weekend.

One solution to addressing domestic violence is to adopt components from the city of El Paso's 24-Hour Contact Domestic Violence Initiative. The program takes a proactive and aggressive approach by moving domestic violence cases through the criminal justice system more effectively and focuses on victim outreach. Victim advocates seek face-to-face contact with victims of a domestic violence crimes for which an offender has been arrested within the past 24 hours. We need to collaborate among relevant agencies and discuss how we can improve and adopt El Paso's model.

It will take more than one person, one agency, or one government entity to curb domestic violence. It will take work — from legislators, law enforcement, the probation department, our local family violence shelter, public officials, parents, students and residents throughout our community — to ensure we protect victims and hold their abusers accountable. Together, and only together, can we make our community a safer place.
Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C.,C.C.S.T's insight:

The crime victims program continues to help so many in need here in our very own El Paso.  As a practicing Chiropractor, I have seen more than my share of domestic dispute violence drama and the physical toll that it places on individuals and families.  We touch these individuals and work on their bodies after the ordeals they undergo at the physical an emotional level.  It is this proximity to our patients that allows us to see first hand the true effects.  Logically, impact of the unseen consequences may not always just be physical in nature, the programs outreach covers the unseen concomitant emotional dammage caused by the crimes.  The attorney general and district attorney have pledged continued support of this outstanding program.  This continues to be great news in our growing city.

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Out for Blood:  Drink and Drive.... Beware! : Support for the Crime Victims Program Grows. "Victim's Assistance Program" has assisted more than 21,000 victims of crime" ... Jaime Esparza D.A

Out for Blood:  Drink and Drive.... Beware! : Support for the Crime Victims Program Grows. "Victim's Assistance Program" has assisted more than 21,000 victims of crime" ... Jaime Esparza D.A | Crime Victims Treatment Program "El Paso Tx" | Scoop.it

Esparza has touted his experience and defended his record as he tries to fend off one of his former prosecutors. His support for the injured victims stands strong and unwaivering 

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Make no bones about it!  The message is clear from our District Attorney. The "Out for Blood" program has been set up to combat the escalating problem of DWI affecting our borderland.  During the spirited elections it was brought out that there will be continued support for the "Victims Assistant Program".  This program assist in taking care of those injured as a result of a crime such as DWI.  If you or a family member have been injured in such an incident you now can get the care you need.  This is another great example of how our city is adding many support mechanisms to assist those in need.  Proud to live here!

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Crime Victims - Crime Victim Publications

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Domestic Violence
How to File a Protective Order
Domestic Violence: A Personal Safety Plan
Address Confidentiality Program (ACP)
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Fear Has Silenced Undocumented Domestic Violence Victims Call 915-850-0900

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In February, an immigration enforcement case in El Paso earned the attention of domestic violence advocates across the country. As the El Paso Times reported, an undocumented woman was detained by immigration officers right after she went to the courthouse to get a restraining order against a violent and abusive partner. Domestic violence advocates were horrified, worried that it would potentially deter undocumented people from reporting abuse to law enforcement. “It sends a really strong message to victims and survivors that there is no safe place,” Ruth Glenn, executive director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, told Bustle in February.

Now, a month later, the effect on fighting domestic violence is being felt.Some time after the El Paso incident, Enrique Elizondo, a worker for a domestic violence hotline, received a call from an undocumented woman (I have not included any identifying details to protect her confidentiality), facing an abusive husband. According to Elizondo, she was at the point of fear that the abuse could become lethal. But, after selling all her belongings to come to the United States, she found herself feeling like she was out of options. Her partner had specifically made threats about contacting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and having her deported if she took action, according to Elizondo, and the El Paso case made her fear he could. Elizondo tells Bustle he tried to help her contact legal help, but the woman asked him, “Is this legal advocate going to deport me?” Ultimately, Elizonda says he was able to get her legal help. 

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According to domestic violence advocates interviewed for this article, these situations are becoming the norm for dealing with undocumented survivors of domestic violence. The 2013 re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) protects survivors of abuse from deportation for reporting the crime, but, as fear in undocumented communities has grown due to more expansive calls for immigration enforcement under Donald Trump’s administration, it’s hard for the people helping survivors to convince them they’re safe.

The February El Paso case may very well have been a fluke — according to the El Paso Times, the woman detained had further criminal complaints against her beyond her immigration status. But the publicity generated by a women detained while seeking help from a court has nevertheless led to worry among violence survivors. Already, four cases in Denver of domestic violence were dropped due to fears of the survivors about immigration status, according to Denver City Attorney Kristin Bronsonm who spoke to NPR about the situation.


WE BELIEVE A PERSON’S SAFETY SHOULDN’T BE CONTINGENT ON THEIR RELIGION OR IMMIGRATION STATUS.

#supportallsurvivors

“That case [in El Paso] alone, I am actually sure had a chilling effect,” Ruth Glenn tells Bustle a month after we initially spoke. Her organization, the National Coalition Against Violence, is working “to ensure that advocates know how to support those victims by making sure that they know what the laws and the rules are,” she says. Specifically, it has been focusing on helping shelters figure out how to deal with these issues — such as knowing that they are expected to maintain the confidentiality of their residents even if ICE officers shows up at the door.

“UNFORTUNATELY, SOME ARE PRIORITIZING CONTINUING TO LIVE WITH ABUSE.”

Under the Obama administration, a 2011 legal memorandum required ICE to exercise prosecutorial discretion when dealing with victims or witnesses to crimes like domestic violence.

According to a statement from Letitia Zamarippa, spokeswoman for ICE, that memo is still in effect. “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers will take into consideration if an individual is the immediate victim or witness to a crime, in determining whether to take enforcement action. Particular attention is paid to victims of domestic violence, human trafficking or other serious crimes.”

But even with the law officially in place, the uncertainty caused by Trump administration actions stepping up deportations and limiting restrictions on ICE causes fear among survivors.

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Grace Huang, the policy director of Asian Pacific Institute on Gender Based Violence, points to the VAWA filing process to show why some undocumented people are deterred from reporting. After a VAWA complaint is filed, it has to go through the office of civil rights at the Department at Homeland Security, at a time when the victim may be facing deportation. For undocumented immigrants already worried about how the law will treat them, assurances of a later court battle after ICE has already acted isn’t reassuring. “Unfortunately, some are prioritizing continuing to live with abuse,” Huang tells Bustle.

The Trump administration’s recent actions taking aim at sanctuary cities, hoping to push local police agencies to enforce immigration laws, worries advocates, as well.

IF YOU THINK ABOUT VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WHO ARE ALREADY BEING CONTROLLED BY A PERPETRATOR, THAT IS COMPOUNDED AND EXACERBATED WHEN YOU RELY ON THAT PERSON TO INTERPRET THE LAWS FOR YOU, WHO IS FILTERING ALL THAT INFORMATION TO CONTROL YOU.”

“When you have your local sheriff, whose job is to come to domestic violence scenes and to be in the community — if they’re also enforcing immigration law the question is whether victims are going to come call when they’re being abused or sexually assaulted,” says Huang. “Entire communities are afraid of reaching out for help. ICE officers are not always the best at finding out if there’s victims.”

Overall, the growing sense of uncertainty, the anti-immigration rhetoric, and the threats to sanctuary city are leaving a strong impact on domestic violence victims who live in a legal gray area and may not be well versed in their legal rights. “If you think about victims of domestic violence who are already being controlled by a perpetrator, that is compounded and exacerbated when you rely on that person to interpret the laws for you, who is filtering all that information to control you,” Monica McLaughlin, Deputy Director of Public Policy at the National Network to End Domestic Violence, tells Bustle.

The underlying problem is that even if undocumented immigrants can technically get help, McLaughlin explains, “if what’s been communicated indicates that they can’t because they’re not safe, then survivors really aren’t going to reach out to law enforcement for help.”

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This really sends a strong message to victims & survivors, there is no safe place, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.For Answers to any questions you may have please call Dr. Jimenez at 915-850-0900 

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Records: Night out ends in death, injuries, jail

Records: Night out ends in death, injuries, jail | Crime Victims Treatment Program "El Paso Tx" | Scoop.it
A night out for a young woman ended with her friend dead, her boyfriend hospitalized and her in jail after an alleged drunken driving crash last weekend in far East El Paso, court documents state.

Stephanie Marie Bueno, 25, faces charges of intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault after a crash June 18 that killed 24-year-old Jessica Olvera, who was a passenger in a car driven by Bueno.
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THIS IS SO SAD! 

JESSICA, We will miss you.  My deepest sympathy to those involved in this tragedy. 

LISTEN UP!

It will happen over and over again.  Far to often, friend in the very car that crash die of injuries even after warning the driver to stop. So what should you do if your friend is drunk? Simply put. Do not get near the car. Do not let them drive.  UBER will take you home.  Uber will take you home!  UBER WILL TAKE YOU HOME! UBER WILL TAKE YOU HOME!  LESS THAN THE PRICE OF 1 DRINK. DON'T lose your or someones life for less then $10.00.  Don't Wreck your life for $10.00.  Now no price will ever bring her back!

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New laws, increased funding to help domestic violence victims - El Paso Times - El Paso Times

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Victims of domestic violence now have more resources to receive attention, be protected and hold abusers accountable for their actions, a group of officials said Wednesday. Original Post Via: El Paso Times
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Victims of domestic violence now have more resources to receive attention, be protected and hold abusers accountable for their actions, a group of officials said.  At issue are the resources available for victims of crimes.  The Attorney General of Texas now has funds ear marked to take care of victims in needs.  With the increase in population and infrastructure growth, this much needed service will bring aid to many in dire need.  This is a true welcomed necessity.

 

http://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/local/2015/07/15/new-laws-increased-funding-help-domestic-violence-victims/71935688/

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Crime Victims - Crime Victims’ Compensation

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In 1979, the Texas Legislature passed the Crime Victims’ Compensation Act, creating the Compensation to Victims of Crime Fund and the Crime Victims’ Compensation (CVC) Program. The primary purpose of the Fund is encouraging greater victim participation in the apprehension and prosecution of criminals and reimbursing innocent victims for certain out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result of violent crime.

The Crime Victims’ Compensation (CVC) Program is supported through a legislative appropriation from the Compensation to Victims of Crime Fund. Revenue for the Fund is collected from convicted offenders through criminal court costs, fees, and fines, while victims of violence are assisted with expenses related to the crime. The Fund receives revenue from the following sources:

State Court Costs:
Local governmental submit consolidated court costs to the comptroller for felony and misdemeanor convictions.
Parolee Supervision Fees:
Offenders on parole pay $8 per month to the Fund. The state’s parole officers are to be credited for their efforts to collect these fees from parolees.
Donations:
Jurors are provided information about the Fund and are offered the option of donating their daily reimbursements to the Fund.
Subrogation:
By statute, the Attorney General must ask that the victim or claimant reimburse the Fund for the amount paid on behalf of the victim, up to the amount of the civil award, when a crime victim is awarded money in a civil suit.
Federal VOCA Grant
The federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) allows the collection of fines, fees and forfeitures for federal convictions.
Restitution:
Offenders may be ordered to reimburse the Fund for compensation payments made on behalf of those they have victimized.
The Crime Victims’Compensation Program is administered by the Office of the Attorney General and is dedicated to ensuring that victims of violent crime are provided financial assistance for crime-related expenses that cannot be reimbursed by insurance or other sources.

State law requires that reimbursement first be sought from other sources, such as health insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, auto insurance, or Texas Workers Compensation. CVC program staff assists applicants in coordinating the use of all available resources.

Claims may be approved for benefits up to a total of $50,000. Individuals who suffer total and permanent disability as a result of the crime may qualify for an additional $75,000, which may be used for specific and limited expenses, such as lost wages, prosthetics, rehabilitation or making a home accessible, depending upon the law in effect on the crime date.

The financial assistance may be limited or unavailable depending on laws in effect when the crime occurred and is dependent upon the applicant providing necessary and required documentation.

For More Information
In your community, contact your local law enforcement agency's Crime Victim Liaison or your prosecutor's Victim Assistance Coordinator.

Or e-mail:crimevictims@texasattorneygeneral.gov or Call (800) 983-9933 or (512) 936-1200 (in Austin).
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