Disability News /KLKC
Topeka, Ks - The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence issued a statement this week noting the organization is pleased that Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor agreed to restart his prosecution of domestic violence misdemeanors occurring in the Topeka city Limits. Taylor announced his decision Wednesday after the Topeka City Council voted Tuesday night to remove misdemeanors, including domestic battery, prostitution and animal cruelty, from the city code. On September 8, Taylor cited budget cuts in telling city officials that, effective immediately, he would stop prosecuting misdemeanors that happened within Topeka city limits and those cases would fall under the authority of Topeka Municipal Court. For almost five weeks in the city of Topeka, there were no criminal consequences for committing the crime of domestic battery. KCSDV noted it will remain vigilant since Taylor warns the community about “consequences” of these recent events. The organization urges all citizens, in Topeka, across the country and around the world, to learn more about your own community’s response to domestic violence, noting officials must be hald accountable for the components of a complete response to domestic violence that includes fully funded victim services, trained and competent professionals, with quick and appropriate consequences for criminal behavior. To learn more about these services, to on line at www.kcsdv.org or www.nnedv.org.