Retired Community Justice Manager Urges No on 105

 Laura Davis Ritchie (right) with retired Multnomah County Sheriff Lieutenant, Brent Ritchie and former Gresham Police Chief, Carla Piluso

Laura Davis Ritchie (right) with retired Multnomah County Sheriff Lieutenant, Brent Ritchie and former Gresham Police Chief, Carla Piluso

Guest blog by Laura Davis Ritchie, Retired Community Justice Senior Manager, Multnomah County

Measure from 105 is a bad idea. It would give domestic violence abusers yet another tool to isolate, harm, and silence their victims. Would you please volunteer to help us defeat 105?

I spent my entire career in local law enforcement, working for many years with domestic violence perpetrators and victims. I know how abusers think -- how they manipulate and terrify their victims into silence. I have heard from survivors how they struggle, often for years, before coming forward.

You see, domestic violence survivors already don’t talk about what’s happening to them. They are held hostage in their own lives. They are terrified for themselves and their children.

When survivors finally do come forward, they are doing so because they have mustered a tremendous amount of courage and trust in our criminal justice system. 

But if they become afraid that reporting their abuser will lead to them being deported or separated from their children, domestic violence survivors are more likely to stay silent and continue to be abused. For survivors' safety and the safety of our community, we need them to speak out. 

If Measure 105 passes, survivors of domestic violence will face yet another barrier to seeking safety. We can't let that happen. 

We've got less than two weeks to win this. Would you please volunteer today to make sure we defeat 105?

 
Devon Downeysmith