Fighting Back Against Abuse With GPS

GPS a False Sense of Security?

Although GPS is a promising solution for victims of stalking or domestic violence, some advocates for domestic violence victims think the tracking technology shouldn't be a priority.

"If we hand them out in every case, law enforcement isn't going to be able to deliver the kind of protection that victims need," Deborah Epstein of Domestic Violence Clinic at Georgetown University said "and we run the risk of lulling victims into a false sense of security, they think my abusive partner has a monitoring bracelet on, I'm safe."

Still, Julie firmly believes her ex-husband deserves to have his every move watched.

"I've left instructions on what's important to me, and the children know what I want them to do if I'm not here" Julie said. "If I die."

Julie worries "that if he doesn't have the GPS on, I won't know, I won't have the time. It won't be enough for the alarm to go off or the dog to bark for me or the children to get away."

Her ex-husband is up for parole in September. If he gets out, she hopes he'll be wearing a bracelet.

Click here for a map of states that have passed GPS legislation.

Click here for more information on restraining orders.

Click here to connect with Survivors in Action.

Contact The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.

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