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Monday, February 9, 2009

[UT] DV Activist /Former Police Officer Dana Zundel Gardner: "...you name it, I want it."

...For the past several months Gardner, 40, a former police officer and domestic violence victim advocate, has been visiting municipal officials, police chiefs, legislators, judges and "anyone who would return my calls" in a grassroots drive to beef up and centralize services for domestic violence victims...

ADVOCATE ASKS FOR MORE / UNIFIED RESOURCES AND HELP FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS
Standard-Examiner Staff
By Tim Gurrister
Monday, February 9, 2009
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[Excerpts] OGDEN -- If it was up to Dana Zundel Gardner, domestic violence would be the subject of a Weber County interagency police force like those for drugs and gangs. Victims would access the public resources available from government agencies via one-stop shopping at a Family Justice Center. And perpetrators would be funneled through a specialized Domestic Violence Court to make sure their sentences were maximized. For the past several months Gardner, 40, a former police officer and domestic violence victim advocate, has been visiting municipal officials, police chiefs, legislators, judges and "anyone who would return my calls" in a grassroots drive to beef up and centralize services for domestic violence victims. The result so far is an organizational meeting hosted in the Weber County Commission chambers in the Weber Center at 2 p.m. Tuesday where Gardner will share her ideas... Gardner feels at the very least some centralization could occur. "Most law enforcement agencies have a DV detective and are already spending money for that officer... We are not asking them to spend more money, just re-allocate to a countywide DV task force. So instead of each agency taking their $2 and going to 7-11, we want to pool money, shop in bulk and go to Sam's Club... Currently, not one law enforcement agency in Weber County has an advocate of their own... YCC has two paid advocates and some volunteers for the entire county of Weber with a population of 200,000-plus... Not one law enforcement agency in this county that has a Web site has any information or links to DV resources on their Web sites.... We need the community to see the DV issue, know the signs, recognize them in family, friends, neighbors and know where to go for resources. I want pictures of victims on billboards, Web sites, you name it, I want it... I'd love to see a link for local resources with every DV article," she said. "Over 2,200 people could have been reached with resource information." [Full article here]

3 comments:

  1. I hope and pray someone can do something to change the system as I am in a terrible nightmare that has ben covered up and can get no help. My ex was a trooper, now a deputy, sverely beat me for years and had done the same to his prior family. I have numerous broken bones, and ultimatley live with rsd and crps due to blunt nerve tauma from kicking me with his patol shoes. Superiors had pictures of walls I was thrown through as wel as a deposition were he admitted to placing his patol weapon to spouse and childs head, stealing money off of a corpse at a wreck scene etc. He has never ben disciplined. In 2004 a judge signed a DVPO for placing his gun to my 4 yr olds head among other serious "life threatening" violence. In 2007 he sued me for custody, I was denied an atorney the day of trial as well as the records I had to present (this was the same court he testified and convicted people in for 14 years). He was awarded ful exclusive custody of our child and I have not seen her since August 2007. There was nothing presented about me ever being abusive or anything but a loving mother, they purjure dthemselves on the stand and the judge knew because the judge had signed several previous order on him. Several agencies are involved in covering this up as well as conspiring to keep me from being able to get on a stand to be able to present the evidence, which is undeniable because it's his own testimony. I can get zero help in NOrth Carolina, everyone beleives me, has seen the evidence but is afraid of the consequences of going up against some powerful people. In the meantime, my daughter is with a man that has admitted to some of the worse domestic violence you can imagine, not to mention the things he hasn't admitted. I don't know what to do

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  2. Please write to me.
    cloudwriter
    at
    gmail.com

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  3. Someone has to being down the Blue Wall of Silence.It's not right that they make us out to be the abuser.We should all get together and fight these bastards?

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