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Calls for implementation of tracking to stop domestic violence

The current government shutdown has impacted many projects that have not been in the headlines. Some of these programs include outreach efforts for victims of domestic violence. In spite of the current woes of the federal government, there are many Colorado residents who may be in need of assistance with protecting themselves and their loved ones from this serious problem.

One program that has been negatively affected is the Violence Against Women Act. This act was intended to provide services to victims of domestic violence but was up for renewal when the shutdown occurred. Without funding or renewal, thousands of victims nationwide may be more vulnerable to falling victim to further violence. Once the program is up and running once again, there are calls for it to look into implementation of a new tracking program that has shown to be effective in other locales, in preventing offenders from returning to previous behaviors.

According to statistics, approximately one third of women in the U.S. will become a victim of intimate partner abuse. Furthermore, studies have shown that perpetrators are likely to re-offend unless more effective means are used to deter them. One method that has been tested by some states is to use GPS tracking. In order to protect the privacy of individuals, reverse tracking can be used that only warns when an offender has violated the designated boundaries.

Studies so far have shown that offenders are 95 percent less likely to commit any further crimes when this technology is used. Protection orders are purportedly more effective when GPS tracking is implemented, thereby allowing victims of domestic violence to rebuild their lives in safety. Colorado residents who have been impacted by this serious issue are entitled to seek all of the legal protections that are afforded them under the state's existing laws. An experienced attorney can provide the assistance needed to ensure that victims and their loved ones are safe from further harm.

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