Around the world, including here in the US, a woman’s greatest risk of violence is from someone she knows. And the international community, including the United States, recognizes violence against women as a human rights violation involving state responsibility.
In June of 1999, Jessica Lenahan lost her three daughters, aged 7, 8, and 10. On one terrible day in June, Jessica learned her three daughters were with her estranged husband, against whom she had a court-issued protection order.
Yet, on each of the eight times Jessica contacted the Castle Rock, Colorado Police Department, the police response ranged from uncoordinated to belittling. One officer even chided her for worrying as the girls were with their father, despite the man’s known history of emotional instability and abuse. No help was sent to secure her children, and they were later found dead in their father’s truck.