Trump Seeks to Take Action to Prevent Domestic Violence from Expanding
The president has asked the federal government to block a proposed federal regulation that would require domestic violence shelters and other shelters in the United States to accept the mental health of the person they serve, and has called for a new law requiring the federal courts to consider the mental and emotional health of domestic violence victims in determining whether or not to grant a restraining order.
Trump’s actions, which are consistent with his policies on violence against women and girls, have not been well received by victims of domestic abuse.
On Thursday, a federal judge blocked a similar regulation from taking effect, while Trump announced he would review the new federal law.
This week, Trump also ordered a review of the Domestic Violence Hotline.
Trump has repeatedly called for the repeal of the Violence Against Women Act, which he claims “gave women too much power over their own bodies.”
Trump has also said that “the system is rigged” in favor of men, and he has called the federal court ruling against his order a “total sham.”
The president also called for Congress to pass legislation to “end the war on women.”
In a press conference on Friday, Trump claimed that the new law would prevent domestic violence from spreading to the suburbs and “make it much easier for these women to be able to take care of their children.”
The Trump administration has said that the president will sign the bill, which has already been referred to the House and Senate, and it is expected to pass.
The Trump Domestic Violence Task Force and the Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault National Network have issued recommendations to address domestic violence, but they have not released a comprehensive proposal.
Domestic violence advocates have praised Trump for signing the bill and said it would not only protect the vulnerable, but also protect women.
“I think the Trump administration is going to make it easier for women to get the help they need,” said Mariah Hall, an advocate at the Center for American Progress.
“It’s really about protecting them and making sure they get the services that they need to protect themselves.”
But critics of the new domestic violence law have argued that it does not go far enough.
The new law will allow for more restrictions on shelters, but it does little to address the issues of abuse that women face in shelters and how they are being treated, said Jessica Ellerbeck, a former federal prosecutor who is now with the National Domestic Violence Alliance.
Ellerbrack, who was also a prosecutor in the Trump DOJ’s criminal division, said the new policy will allow domestic violence advocates to continue to use abusive tactics like restraining orders and court orders to coerce women to comply with orders, even if the orders are not valid.
Ellingbeck also criticized Trump’s call for the federal judiciary to review a restraining case, saying it will only create more abuse and will make it harder for domestic violence survivors to get help.
“That’s really not going to protect them.
It’s going to put more pressure on the court to take more cases and more victims to get more services,” she said.
“You’re not going get to the point where you can get a woman to go to the police and have her case reviewed, you’re not gonna get to that point.”
The new federal domestic violence bill would also allow shelters and shelters that receive federal funding to limit the amount of time an abuser can stay in the shelter.
“We believe that shelters are an important resource to help women and children stay safe,” Ellerblac said.
Trump is expected later this month to sign a law that would ban private, religious groups from discriminating against victims of abuse.
But the Trump Domestic Abuse Task Force has urged the administration to reconsider its stance, saying that the law “undermines the ability of shelters to provide services to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence.”
“It allows private groups to discriminate against vulnerable populations, including women, and violates protections afforded to victims of discrimination in the Violence against Women Act,” the task force said in a letter sent to Trump on Friday.