All posts tagged: District Attorney

Claudine Dombrowski Reporting From Ground Zero in Topeka

There is a crisis in the Family Courts of America and Claudine Dombrowski is a warrior in the battle for change. A battered mother who lost custody of her daughter to the person who abused her, her battle has been ongoing for approximately 16 years, with no solution. In Topeka, Kansas, Dombrowski’s home town, on October 11, 2011, members of the City Council voted and successfully repealed the city’s ordinance banning domestic violence during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.   Dombrowski first brought the news of this to Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Specialist, Susan Murphy Milano around September 15, and she immediately took action by featuring the story on several national radio shows. During the two hour televised council meeting, the one sided discussion from 7 of the 10 elected members amounted to nothing more than political finger pointing. Leading the charge, and ultimately dictating the vote, was Interim City Manager Dan Stanley, brow beating those during the hearing into submission of his way or the highway. It was classic manipulation “101” presented in a live stream real …

The Lights Went Out in Topeka for Victims of Domestic Violence: Claudine Dombrowski Speaks Out

When Shawnee County, KS District Attorney Chad Taylor decided to hand over misdemeanor cases, like Claudine Dombrowski’s, to the city, she knew the consequences would be the hardest on victims of domestic violence.  Dombrowski, a victim of violence for 16 years, who ultimately lost the right to custody or visitation with her daughter through years of wrangling in court, speaks from a position of experience and first hand knowledge. A result of the new ruling, facing the consequences a victim could encounter when the abuser is arrested, then released, she advises victims not to call the police. She says, “You, as a survivor, know how to survive. You just keep surviving. If you call the police right now, and God forbid you end up with the city, you might die.” Knowing how victims of violence are already treated in an over burdened system, Dombrowski knows it will be even worse if offenders are not properly prosecuted. According to Kansas First News, “We know of three cases where judges have released the people accused of domestic violence …