Newsletter 20150610 Pathways to Justice

Posted: 2015/06/13 in Uncategorized

Proverb of the week:

“When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.”

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“Judge not, that ye be not judged.”
Matthew 7:1

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Contents this week
Proverb of the week:
Story of the week:
“Pathways to Justice” By: Ronald L. Riedell
“Quote of the week

Story one

“Pathways to Justice”

My journey this week was to Los Angeles to attend a “Pathways to Justice” conference. It was encouraging for me to find a group of Attorneys and Judges who genuinely care about the less fortunate. It should not be a surprise that the poor are an underrepresented class of people in California Courts. There were fascinating statistics mentioned by the Key Note speaker; such as: there is one lawyer for every five hundred people in California. However, statistics also show that there are six lawyers for every 10,000 people or about one lawyer for every two thousand people. The analogy given by the speaker was like filling Dodger Stadium with people and having six attorneys to represent them all.

My passion is for the victims of Domestic Violence and survivors of both sexes who have suffered abuse both verbal and physical, mostly women, who by one way or another, feel helpless to do anything about their situation and the abuse. Their children are subjected to abuse and suffer abused too, thru no fault of their own.

Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, and Friends
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Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, and Friends

These are not just any women, they are our mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends.

Domestic Violence is not a distant statistic we can rationalize away. These people are innocent victims of crime that is being swept under the rug. Domestic Violence is a dirty little secret that victims of it hide, because of their fear or the unwarranted guilt they place on themselves.

When someone has the courage to come forward after surviving a traumatic life changing experience our community has a ethical duty to help them.

The life they save by coming forward may be your own or someone you love.

Domestic Violence

— In the United States, a woman is beaten every 15 seconds by a spouse, boyfriend or other assailant known to her.

–Many women in domestic violence situations are assaulted an average of 7-10 times before seeking assistance.

NATIONAL STATISTICS
• 1.5 million Women in the United States are assaulted by their intimate partners every year.
• One in three women experiences sexual violence in her lifetime.
• One in twelve women will be stalked in her lifetime.
• Nearly 30% of female homicide victims are killed by their husbands, former husbands, or boyfriends.
• Women of all races are equally vulnerable to attacks by intimate partners.
• Domestic violence causes more injury to adult women than cancer, heart attack, or stroke.
• 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner every year.
• 25% of women and 7% of men experience rape or physical assault within their lifetime.
• 33% of female murder victims were killed by an intimate partner.
• 84% of spouse abuse victims are female.
• Over 1 million women and over 350,000 men are stalked annually.
• 34% of women become victims of sexual coercion in their lifetime.
• People 18 to 24 years old account for 11% of the population but account for 42% of domestic violence.
• 50% of battered women, who are employed, are harassed at work by their abusive partners.
• Children exposed to violence suffer symptoms of post traumatic stress syndrome.
• 60% of injuries by family violence are reported to the police.

86% of the women who obtain a restraining order against a violent partner report that the abuse either stopped or was greatly reduced.

This information is collated from reports by the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence, the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women, Surgeon General Reports, the U.S.D.A., and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Revised 01/06/09.

These Web Pages are provided for informational purposes and are not intended as legal advice, nor should it be construed or relied upon as such.

The Los Angeles County Bar Association maintains a “Domestic Violence Project” in the Court House staffed by attorneys and paralegals who volunteer their time to help.

Here is a link below if you would like to help support the LACBA DVP.
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With the economy worsening the abuse is becoming more noticeable and moving into the middle class and wealthy neighborhoods. Domestic violence has always been in middle class and wealthy neighborhoods but it is now reported more often.

There are many speculations as to the cause. However, the solution to domestic violence is clear at least to me. By overcoming, the primordial desires of pride, lust, fear, and humbling myself to the reality that the only person I can control is me. I can then release myself from the frustration, blaming others and the stress and proceed to free myself from the torment of my own actions by my own admission that others are not the reason for my reactions to situations. If we could all do that, the problems would go away.

Unfortunately, the world is a dangerous place to live.

Another statistic that did not surprise me was that even with all the lawyers in California. Pro Per or the self-represented in family law cases, as Divorce, Probate, and Custody are almost 95 percent in California Courts.

These are Family Law cases most of the poor get themselves tangled into and can’t afford an attorney to help them navigate the legal system. The state of California recognizes the problem of equal access to justice and is attempting to find a solution, which was at least encouraging to me, because there are those who are willing to help both financially and physically and do make a difference in the lives of the widows and orphans who need my help most.

“You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”
John 12:8

When I pray and ask God, “If not me who? If not now when?” I understand the eternal here and now and realize there is no one but me. The Pathway to Justice is a journey, not a destination.

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Quote of the week:

If one becomes angry with one’s neighbor on account of riches, fame or pleasure, one does not yet realize that
God orders all things with justice.

St Maximos the Confessor
Four Hundred Texts on Love
First Century

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Brother Ron (1953–Present) is a self-taught, American surfer, artiest, author, teacher, and philosopher.

And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Genesis 6:5

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