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Domestic Violence Is All Too Real

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There is legislation in New Jersey that may be passed about using GPS tracking devices to help protect those involved with serious domestic violence situations. Dolores Zindell is pushing this legislation for her daughter Letizia who lost her life due to a domestic violence dispute in 2009.

Letizia, also known as Lisa by her family and friends, was 30 years old when she called off her engagement with her fiancé and filed a restraining order against him. While she was waiting for the hearing, she got an emergency temporary restraining order.

Her ex-fiancé violated the temporary restraining order and was sent to jail. The next day he was released from jail and followed Letizia. He strangled and killed her in the back seat of her car before he hung himself in the home that they once shared.

Dolores said that his family knew there was something wrong with him, but didn’t do anything about it. “I really hope that people with mental issues, that families stand up and recognize that they need to help.” She said.

Dolores doesn’t want this to happen to anyone else and believe the laws need to be stricter. “Because no one should have to go through what I’ve been through. Anybody with a daughter, granddaughter, a mother, a sister shouldn’t have to live the life I now have to live.” She said.

Assemblyman Troy Singleton has been the champion of this legislation. He says that this legislation would require those egregious offenders to wear a GPS type device to send a signal to those women or men if the person they are concerned about is within a certain vicinity that would be in violation of the restraining order.

“We want to provide folks with the most peace of mind we can to protect survivors, and we want to create more survivors rather than victims.” Singleton said.

The legislation is expected to be passed by the end of the year. Once passed there will be a four year trial in Ocean County before it would be completely implemented. Some people argue that domestic violence is happening now, and people can’t wait four years for protection. Singleton feels that four years is needed so it could be implemented properly.

An alternative solution that some people have is to carry concealed weapons. In Florida, it’s legal for people to carry concealed weapons, and the violence against women has dropped. It doesn’t seem like this debate will happen anytime soon in New Jersey, but it’s a possible alternative.

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