Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Tools for the Restraining order

Posted by Hannah at 9:33 AM

I think most of us have heard of the ankle bracelets that are being used for some couples with restraining orders are in place.  Elmo Tech has taken that one step further.  Normally, if someone is violating the restraining order they are in the victims presence or near enough to do them harm. 

"Restraining orders are the most common way in Western administrations of handing domestic violence cases and remote offender monitoring has been used in the Western world for some 20 years now," Mor said. "What is unique about our tool is its comprehensiveness: it tracks the aggressors and alerts the monitoring center, the victim and any other stakeholder of a potential interaction. It can even alert the aggressor, so he can retreat, and enables government administrations to determine whether a restraining order has been violated."

Alot of the technology we use today may have a panic button on it, but once the person is pushing the panic button?  It tends to be to late, and sure it alerts others they are in danger but doesn't help them much to avoid the danger beforehand.

JewPI has an article about this device, and I hope countries take a look at it.  It seems very promising.

"Let's say a restraining order says a guy has to stay 1,000 meters away from his ex-wife or her home," she said. "Like most monitoring systems, the guy will be fitted with an electronic tag. But we will also give him a GPS device that doubles as a phone and which he must carry with him at all times, allowing the authorities to contact him.

"Then we also give a GPS device to the victim. So if he even gets close to 1,000 meters away, we can sent a pre-alert to both the monitoring center and the woman, giving them an extra step to be prepared and allowing the authorities can call the guy 'Hey, we know that you are getting close, be careful, we are watching you."

"There are other companies that provide electronic tags or devices with panic buttons, but if she presses panic upon seeing the aggressor it will be too late," Arfi said. "We don't want to wait for a meeting between the two parties to take place before she hits a panic button, so we provide multiple levels of alerts, and there is no other company that provides this kind of anticipation technology.

"We also archive the tracking data, making ours the only system allowing officials to provide a judge with extensive localization data about the aggressor," she added.

Elmo-Tech's remote monitoring systems were first used by the Spanish Ministry of Equality in Madrid and the Balearic Islands and the company's offender monitoring technology is in use in various locations throughout Europe, North America, Latin America and the Pacific Rim.

"We are very proud to be able to offer a viable tool for the global effort to minimize gender-based violence," said Elmo-Tech's Chief Executive Officer Dagan Sadeh in a statement.

"With as many as 30%-60% of restraining and protection orders commonly breached, their enforcement is proving a challenging mission," he said, referring to US and Swedish data collected between 2004 and 2008. "Our technology offers meaningful support to enforcement agencies and victims."

While women's advocacy organizations have welcomed the Elmo-Tech system, its effectiveness depends on governments providing the staff needed to both use the system and follow up on alerts.

"We provide the technology," Arfi said. "Beyond this a country needs the resources to manage the information and the data and to respond.

"The tool just gives you data, so you can't say you didn't know," she stressed. "You also need the tools to react."

It seems this would be a good tool for those that have a restraining order in place, because its a sound way to give a true sense of protection for the abused.

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