For decades Colorado, and particularly Denver (<http://www.ncadv.org/>NCADV, <http://www.webster.edu/~woolflm/walker.html>Lenore Walker and "battered woman syndrome," <https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/183781.pdf>NVAWS, etc.) has been at the core of the hysteria surrounding the human problem of domestic violence.
This hysteria has led to the tyranny of arrests without a warrant, forcing citizens from their homes and children with nothing more than the clothes on their back without even the pretense of due process, searches without a warrant, seizures of their property without redress, mandatory arrests often based on nothing more than hearsay, assuming the accused is guilty until proven innocent, mere allegations that suffice as proof, denial of the right to confront the accuser and obtain witnesses in one's defense, denied the assistance of counsel, punishment and imprisonment that occurs before a trial or without one, public censure for crimes men have not committed, indentured servitude and often outright slavery. Erin Pizzey, who started the shelter for battered women movement in 1971, has famously noted that "Any country that has tried to create a political solution to human problems has ended up with concentration camps and gulags."
Incredibly, the basis for such tyranny is undefined. Even today domestic violence advocates, researchers and scholars have yet to agree on:
Thus, DV treatment providers who supplied abbreviated diversion programs were in danger of losing their certification and practice. They, in turn, spoke with their district attorneys, who, in the circumstances, were forced to drop their diversion programs.
As a result, on Friday, April 8, 2005, a number of district attorneys met with the Colorado <http://dcj.state.co.us/odvsom/Domestic_Violence/meetings.html>DV offender management board to discuss options. Surprisingly, many of these prosecutors feel the laws need to be changed to deal only with actual cases of "battering." Rocky Mountain News reporter Lou Kilzer attended that meeting, as did I, and his observations are at:
Certainly if we are going to make needed changes in the domestic violence laws we will need the cooperation of the state's district attorneys and this is a very welcome development. Whether the hysteria of domestic violence has crested, and we can now begin to fix the problem, not the blame, is yet unknown.