How GPS, Drug and Alcohol Monitoring Can Help in Family Law Matters
Rates of domestic violence and family violence are staggering in California. It is estimated that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced physical abuse by a partner. Domestic and child abuse cases are not only carried out in the criminal court system but may also have family law implications. A parent that is prone to violence against their spouse or child, may need to be monitored for safety reasons.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV):
- 34.9% of women in California experience physical violence, sexual violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
- 31.1% of men in California experience physical violence, sexual violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
- In one year alone there were over 160,000 domestic violence-related calls to law enforcement.
- Nearly half of those calls involved a weapon.
- Domestic violence hotlines receive approximately 13 calls every minute.
Domestic violence and abuse are widespread throughout California. Whereas a criminal court punishes an offender for their acts, family law courts have the unique objective of protecting the family.
Drug, Alcohol, and GPS Monitoring in Family Law Cases
Where a parent or loved one presents a danger to the family, a court may decide that they need to be monitored. In a large percentage of cases, drugs and alcohol may play a significant role in the abuse. Through continuous alcohol monitoring with a SCRAM CAM device or 24/7 drug monitoring through the drug patch, a court can ensure that the offender is not using dangerous substances.
In addition, courts have turned to GPS location monitoring to make sure that offenders are complying with any protective orders that may be in place. GPS monitoring tracks the participant’s whereabouts and can be set up to notify law enforcement if the wearer is in violation of a court order.