WAKEFIELD – In the past two decades, the Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County has seen significant changes in how the public and police deal with domestic violence cases due to more education and awareness of the issue.
“In the last 20 years, there's been stronger laws, more education and law enforcement,” Mary Roda, the executive director of the resource center said. “We are a mandatory arrest state so police forces are much more currently educated and much more reactive that 20 years ago.”
In a mandatory arrest state, if police determine that someone is an abuser, they have to make an arrest.
“Domestic violence is a violation of the basic human rights. This is what we fought to win the country for and we need to change attitudes,” Roda said.
Roda cited the articles from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations in 1948 as rights we are all entitled to and in which abusers infringe upon, including the right to life, liberty and security of person and the no one shall be subjected to torture, inhuman or degrading treatment.
In the past, Garrie Bordeu, the director of public relations at the resource center said domestic violence was seen as a family matter and not something others could intervene in. Now, with the more education people have received on domestic violence, it is viewed as a societal issue.
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