Judsons take anti-DV message
The Peninsula Gateway
October 17th, 2007
Lane Judson sometimes jokes that he thought he retired in 1995. But for the past four years, he’s been working tirelessly to help victims of domestic violence. In April 2003, his daughter Crystal was shot in a Gig Harbor parking lot by her estranged husband, former Tacoma Police Chief David Brame. Brame then fatally turned the gun on himself, in front of the couple’s children. Crystal died in the hospital days later.
Last week, the Judsons took their message out of state for the first time, serving as keynote speakers at the New York Coalition Against Domestic Violence, at the legislative building in Albany, N.Y. The Judsons were invited to speak by the non-profit group Liza’s Legacy, founded in honor of Liza Ellen Warner, a New York woman who was murdered by her husband in 2004.
Judson said he was honored to have received the call. And it’s just the start of a string of appearances outside the state for the former Navy chief and retired Boeing worker. On Oct. 31, Judson is slated to appear on a domestic violence panel at the National College of District Attorneys in Orlando, Fla. Speaking engagements are also tentatively scheduled next year in Oregon and South Carolina.
“So other young ladies, and men, like Crystal won’t have to go through that in their own lives,” he said. Judson said abusers use control and intimidation as much as physical blows.
Judson said as many as 40 percent of people in law enforcement abuse their spouses — as opposed to 10 percent in the general population. While the Judsons continue to mourn their daughter — as do her two orphaned adolescent children — some positive changes have emerged from the tragedy. In 2004, the Tacoma Police Department adopted an enhanced domestic violence policy, with step-by-step instructions dealing with officers accused of abuse and protecting victims. That same year, the state Legislature adopted regulations requiring every law enforcement agency in the state to have officer-involved domestic violence policies. In 2005, federal legislation called The Crystal Judson Brame Domestic Violence Protocol Program was passed.
An amendment to the Violence Against Women Act, the program offers funds for law enforcement and other government entities for domestic violence training. That year, Washington legislators also wrote to the 49 other state governors, attorneys general and insurance commissioners, encouraging adoption of officer-involved domestic policies.
“So expect me on your doorstep for a long time before then.”