Nightline, 3/18: “When Restraining Orders Cannot Stop a Killer” (Vernetta Cockerham’s Story)


Vernetta Cockerham

Vernetta’s storywill be featured on Nightline on Thursday, March 18 at 11:35 EDT:  When Restraining Orders Cannot Stop a Killer.”  One of the issues the piece addresses is the effectiveness of GPS monitoring.

Her story was the most significant of 2009 for me.  RitaAnita Linger, the former director of the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, told me about the litigation abuse Vernetta had experienced.  The injustices Vernetta experienced were so horrendous that Oprah invested in an investigative journalism piece in her August, 2009 issue of O Magazine.  On her web site, Oprah now has a list of resources available to people experiencing domestic violence including links to Vernetta’s story.

Rita Anita Linger, M.A.

 Vernetta ultimately prevailed after RitaAnita packed the court room with people wearing purple ribbons.  It was a strategy that other mothers have successfully implemented.

Bravo, Vernetta!  And, thank you, RitaAnita Linger.

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  7. “The Root cause”
    I believe that all people have the right to live without violence or the fear violence. To preserve that right. My mission is to provide direct and immediate resources and shelter for individuals whose lives have been affected by domestic violence and sexual assault, to empower victims to become survivors , regaining control of there lives, and realizing there individual potential which violence and abuse has threaten to destroy.

    There are far too many domestic violence and sexual assault cases, and the collateral damage; are the children living in homes were domestic violence occurs are traumatized by the violence and never ending tension.

    Domestic violence is a systemic problem and in many ways, too many people wink at it and blame the victim. Many Law-enforcement officers, prosecutors, Judges, and Social service workers, battle the problem, But others fail within the community.

    More training on handling DV cases is need for law enforcement as well, and the citizens should insist that there elected Judges are hard on the batters.

    The fight also include supporting societal solutions such as; creating more affordable housing and child-care programs so that the victim will not feel economically trapped in a abusive situation.

    For social service work address the needs of individuals reeling from the personal and devastating impact of institutional systems of exploitation and violence.

    Social change work challenges the ROOT CAUSES of the exploitation and violence.

    In my experience I have found that we need to provide services for those most in need, for those trying to survive, for those barely making it. We also need to work for social change so that we create a society in which our institutions and organizations are equal and just, and all people are safe, and adequately fed and sheltered, well educated, afforded safe and decent jobs, and empowered to participate in the decision that affect there lives.

    While there is some overlap between social service provision and social change work, the two do not necessarily go readily together.

    In our violent world, the needs and numbers are never ending and the task of funding, staffing, and developing resources for our organization to meet those needs are difficult, poorly supported, and even actively under minded by those with power and wealth in our society. Although some groups are both working for social change and providing social service, there are

    many,many more groups that are not working for social change. In fact, many social service agencies maybe intentionally or inadvertently working to maintain the status quo!

    DV is not a simple black and white issue, it is a right and wrong issue and the wrongdoing should stand corrected and accountable.

    Who Are You?

    It is not what you own,

    But it is what you give.

    It is not what you learn,

    But it is what you live.

    It is not what you Promise,

    But it is what you really do,

    That makes the Person known as YOU!

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