Stearns County holds domestic-violence perpetrators accountable

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 3, 2013 - 9:23 AM

Stearns County pioneers a new ways to hold abusers accountable.

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eman2002Jun. 3, 13 8:50 AM

Sorry, but most of this editorial is not factually true. Domestic abuse rates have dropped at about the same rate as all violent crime over the last 30 years. The Duluth Model is widely criticized by social scientists as a one-size-fit-all solution, with no proof of its effectiveness. We have a system today that drags millions of families into the criminal system, with really no real positive results to show.

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moonkee2Jun. 3, 13 9:23 AM

I don't see this editorial as supporting a one-size fits all. This editorial says the project focuses on repeat felony level domestic violence, not every kind of domestic violence. It looks like it is one way to address very severe domestic violence.

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blackstabbahJun. 3, 13 4:05 PM

Castration would stop them cold in most cases. But that option is too cost effective and competes directly with an entire profitable industry just like the war on drugs industry.

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jd55604Jun. 3, 13 5:07 PM

This whole domestic violence thing has gotten so overblown. By hyping and criminalizing what is normally just drunk couples screaming and scratching each other it allows the cops to make lots of additional arrests which inflates their statistics and allows them to request more funding. If your spouse abuses you on a regular basis you should leave them. This isn't 1935. Women can work and drive a car now. These "drug courts" or "domestic violence courts" are just PC tax wasting programs with nice sounding names that politicians cook up to pad their political resumes.

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kpersson8Jun. 4, 1310:33 PM

Sounds like a very effective program. I wish Wright County would consider a program like this but the county board would just deny any problem exists.

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coventryJun. 5, 13 3:25 PM

I have long advocated for the responsible use of involuntary civil commitment for the actual worst of the worst domestic offenders but that Proposal has fallen on Deaf Ears in MN , as did my Proposal that likely would've saved Dru Sjodin's life. Thomas Evenstad, Esq. Mound

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