In the fall of 2000 legislators in Ontario, Canada, introduced Bill 117 that provided that any woman could have a man restrained, imprisoned, and his property transferred to her all in the same day without any pretense of due process. Writing for the Ontario Citizen, columnist Dave Brown noted:
"The new legislation is based on the premise women in abusive relationships can't escape because they are economically dependent. The intent is to correct this by making it possible to immediately transfer all property to her.
Written into the scheme are ex parte applications. The alleged abuser doesn't have to be present when the order seizing his property is made. Application for an Intervention Order can be made by anyone in a one-to-one relationship, including dating.
Transference of property will include leased property, even if she is only a date, and is binding on the landlord. If rent is in arrears, the landlord must collect from him. She will have no liability."
While I understand Bill 117 became law it has rarely, if ever, been enforced as the inherent violations of English law are so blatant that even today's courts would be likely to quickly void it. However, that does not mean the idea and process have faded away.
In Your Lucky Night, written in 2002, I put forth an example of how, under Colorado law, a woman can pick up a man in a bar and end up with all his property and possessions by obtaining an ex parte restraining order claiming abuse or domestic violence. Since writing that essay many men have contacted the Equal Justice Foundation to tell us how something very similar was done to them. And EJF member Elizabeth has described how an illegal alien has done this to her father and is gaining U.S. citizenship in the process under VAWA, another all-too-common fraud.
Male victims of this fraud have naturally reacted to this outrage by not paying the rent, cutting off the utilities and phone, closing joint accounts and credit cards, canceling insurance, stopping car payments, etc. We have also advised a number of men that their best, and probably only option, was to let the bank foreclose on their house. And many women have found the promises of the DV and divorce industry were a financial and personal disaster for them and the children.
Apparently the number of men unwilling to pay some doxy's rent, or the mortgage on the house where his wife's new boy toy now lives because of false allegations of abuse has become unacceptably large and redfems have demanded draconian legislation to "correct" the situation.
Currently the Colorado Senate has passed this bill unanimously and it is undergoing final passage by the House. 2
Upon signature by the governor any woman who is angry at her boyfriend, a "working girl" on South Nevada near Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, or a wife having an affair can claim they are "Victims of domestic violence...unable to access resources to seek lasting safety options;" and have their living expenses guaranteed by filing an ex parte restraining order.
Of course, under Morse's scheme, a man who fails to pay the rent or mortgage, etc., will go to jail for violating the restraining order, no doubt losing his job and income in the process. By casting a man into the street with an ex parte restraining order, and then jailing him, the entire family is now left without support. While that suits the interests of the DV industry and the welfare bureaucracy, it is destroying our society.
SB07-136 also claims that "Thirty-three states recognize existing legal obligations for support, payment, or ownership of personal or real property in order to protect victims in civil protection orders." However, Ontario, Canada, is the only other case I've seen of such complete disregard of civil rights and apparently deliberate attempt to destroy families and marriage.
It is also of interest to note that the best estimate of actual domestic violence is from the National Crime Victim Surveys (NCVS) that suggests only 1 in 250 (0.04%) of households a year suffer what citizen's regard as a criminal DV incident. From that estimate there would be fewer than 8,000 DV incidents in Colorado a year. However, for fiscal year 2006 Colorado courts report 7,237 restraining orders were issued for domestic abuse and 14,123 misdemeanor cases of domestic violence, wherein a restraining order is mandatory, for a total of at least 21,360 restraining orders (felony cases are not included). On the face of it there appear to be 2.5 times more DV court cases than citizens are reporting to the statisticians at NCVS. Clearly there is reason to suspect domestic violence laws are being grossly abused.
It cannot be claimed that false allegations by women in order to obtain a restraining order are uncommon or new. The June 11, 1998, edition of Denver's Westword documented a case of two sisters making a game of charging men with DV. The EJF has heard numerous cases of women getting a restraining order and giving their boyfriend's address as their residence, then selling off all his possessions. A woman in Colorado Springs was caught after her third round of that game. Other women have probably been even more successful. And, when caught, virtually nothing is done to these women.
Additionally, fewer than 8,000 cases of domestic violence a year in a state with a population of 4.7 million does not represent an epidemic and hardly mandates draconian legislation directing the ex parte seizure of men's property in direct violation of their civil rights.
The basis for such tyrannical legislation becomes clearer when we note there were 24,750 divorce (dissolution of marriage) petitions filed during 2006 in Colorado, a number rather close to the 21,360+ restraining orders issued. And what better way to encourage the destruction of marriages, families, and relationships than by guaranteeing a woman the house, the car, the kids, the bank account, and anything else she wants if she files a restraining order or calls 911 without giving a man the chance to defend himself.
The similarity of such measures as SB07-136 to the Russian Effort To Abolish Marriage after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution seems so blatantly obvious that the Colorado soviet must be either brain dead or deliberately enacting the redfem ideology into law.
1 . The sponsor of this abomination, John Morse, is a freshman state senator without previous experience, who has chosen to dive off the deep end without checking to see if the pool is full of cow manure. Morse lists his occupation as "executive" but a more traditional title for what he is doing would be commissar.
2. SB07-136 was signed into law by Colorado's Governor Ritter (D) on May 17 th and went into effect July 1, 2007. Click here (PDF) for copy of final version.