Proposed bill would track repeat domestic violent offenders

Proposed bill would track repeat domestic violent offenders

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by GLENN COUNTS / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on May 15, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 15 at 6:41 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Some domestic violence victims live in a constant state of fear, not knowing when their tormentor will show up and abuse them again.

"There is no reason to put your hands on a woman, bottom line, step away from it," said George Stevens of Charlotte. He was at Freedom Park Wednesday afternoon with his Wife and newborn son.

The North Carolina Legislature may give victims a high tech way of keeping track of their abusers.

House Bill 477, better known as Allison’s Law, would give judges or magistrates the ability to put G.P.S. tracking ankle bracelets on repeat DV abusers.

"I think it’s good for repeat offenders especially, just restraining orders don’t seem to work," said Twyla Stevens.

There is nothing new about police monitoring offenders, but this bill would give the same tracking information to abuse victims.

Faye Hoffman thinks that’s a good idea.

"The victim always feels like they could be re-victimized, so to know where your perpetrator is I think would just make them feel safer," said Hoffman.

Domestic violence experts support the bill, but say it’s not a panacea; suspects can remove the monitors and it could be days before police catch them.

"Seems like a good idea [and] can work in some situations, but then again if that person just wants to be deviant all along, yeah, that would be a big concern," said Twyla.

The House approved the bill this week; now it’s before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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