Advocates to Lobby for Lisa’s Law Signing [AUDIO]
Advocates calling for the electronic monitoring of repeat domestic violence offenders will be gathering in Trenton this Wednesday and they want as many people as possible to join them.
The Lisa’s Light Foundation is encouraging people to head to the State Capital on Jan. 8 to lobby for Lisa’s Law, a bill that passed both houses of the state legislature and is awaiting the governor’s signature.
Lisa’s Law was named after the late Toms River resident Letzia “Lisa” Zendel, 30, who was killed by her former fiancé in a 2009 murder/suicide. Foundation founder, Tara DeLorme, who was a friend of Zendel, said Lisa was a social worker who worked on lots of domestic violence cases and knew the steps she could legally take to protect herself.
“She did absolutely everything that the law provided to protect herself and when she was killed, we knew it wasn’t enough,” DeLorme said.
Following Zendel’s murder DeLorme said they put a lot of thought and research into how they could have saved her and help other domestic violence victims. DeLorme said they came up with a measure that would establish a four-year pilot program in Ocean County.
“It allows the police departments to monitor and know that they (the offender and victim) are in the same proximity but at the same time … alerts the victim,” DeLorme said.
However, without the governor’s signature, the measure will expire on Jan. 18 and they would have to begin the entire legislative process over.
DeLorme said they plan to be at the state house at around 11:30 for a two hour rally. Anyone who wants to attend the rally can get additional information and contact them through the Lisa’s Light Foundation Facebook page.