Reply to this student about the topic below: ” In the story of Tracey Thurman, she is in an abusive relationship for five years with her husband. For eight months her estranged husband stalks and threatens her until one day he leaves her for dead as he stabs her consistently and even breaks her neck. What stands out in this case is that before this occurrence the police department knew about her husband’s abuse, but did not take any action. She sued the police department for neglecting her right to the Fourteenth Amendment’s to Equal Protection Clause. Her story would be the start on how the United States would treat domestic violence in the future.
Mandatory arrest improves the lives of women, because it is the police’s responsibility to make an arrest if they have probable cause that domestic violence just happened. No-drop policies on the other hand, is where jurisdictions will collect evidence to prevent a case on domestic violence. In both policies, it is not up to the victim to make decisions of what happens to the abuser. It helps by allowing women to not feel pressured or have that responsibility on their shoulders. On the downside these policies can also have a negative effect for the victim. If the abuser were to get back out of custody, the abuse may even increase and the abuser will put the blame on the victim. Another reason would be that the victim does not have a say in either of these policies.” T. Richie
Discussion Board Question: Discuss who Tracey Thurman was and how her story impacted the criminal justice system’s response to domestic violence calls. Also, in your response, respond to the following questions:
How have the mandatory arrest and no-drop policies improved the lives of women involved in cases of intimate partner abuse?
How have these policies negatively affected victims?
Remember, as always, you will need to provide an initial response and respond to at least one colleague.