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October 28, 2013

Raising domestic violence awareness

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LEFFLER: Why is that?

LAROSE: Just because it’s not putting the onus on one party or another so you may end up revictimizing the actual victim in the situation. 

BAEHRE: And empowering the aggressor.

LEFFLER: So you show up, you interview both subjects. You typically take someone back with you. They get charged. Booked. And is there often bail? Is there sometimes bail? How is that determined? 

EGGERT: Domestic violence there’s no bail. They have to see the judge. 

LEFFLER: Why is that?

EGGERT: It’s just the protocol we follow. And I think it’s a good protocol. Because if you let someone out after an hour, or quite frankly, like Lisa was saying, if they love the spouse, the boyfriend, the girlfriend, they actually go and bail them out. So that takes away that temptation to succumb to your romantic feelings for the person. It just doesn’t allow that. Which also creates a cooling off period as well. So they stay, depending on when they come in, they stay at least overnight.

VOUTOUR: We’re a little bit different. Because we have 24-7 town judges. And in domestic arrests, we take them before a town justice. So the bail is out of our hands. Depending on the seriousness of the crime, the DA’s office will be consulted regarding bail. For a run-of-the-mill assault 3rd or something, sometimes the judge will just release them. Sometimes they set $500.

BAEHRE: It depends on the muni. 

MILES: Does your office ever make an outreach to certain town courts on that? 

LAROSE: All of the town judges go through domestic violence training. Sometimes our deputies will even state that they’re not living in the same home. If they’re not living in the same home, then it shouldn’t be a safety issue. … it’s up to the judges for what bails to set. 

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