California legislators are considering passing a bill that would pave the way for the state to establish the first free, publicly accessible website in the nation to identify perpetrators convicted of domestic violence, specifically, at least one felony or two misdemeanors.
The intent of the website would be to empower prospective dating partners and significant others to easily and inexpensively “check out” someone whose behavior spawns some concerns – ideally, before they get in too deep.
The sites would also provide information on obtaining restraining orders for protection from domestic violence.
Other online databases now in existence are restricted to law enforcement personnel. Making the information freely accessible to the public could save lives.
In at least one well-publicized murder, the parents of the victim had suspicions about her boyfriend. But, being unable to afford an investigator, they didn’t learn of his three felony convictions for attacking women until after he killed the mother of his child and her mother.
Development and maintenance costs would be funded by fines paid by perpetrators.