Gov. Walker calls for tightening of domestic violence laws following deadly salon shooting

By: Aaron Dimick, AP Email
By: Aaron Dimick, AP Email

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)-- It has now been one week since a man shot seven women, killing three including his wife at a salon in a Milwaukee suburb.

Sunday morning on NBC’s Meet the Press, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker spoke about that tragedy.

Gov. Walker called for a tightening of domestic violence laws.

Although his comments were brief, an advocate for domestic abuse victims WEAU talked to said Walker commenting on this will spark a conversation to close loopholes in the law.

One week ago, Radcliffe Haughton shot seven women at the Azana Salon and Spa in Brookfield.

Three were killed including his estranged wife Zina before he killed himself.

Reports show that over the past decade, police were called to the couple's home 20 times, seven for possible domestic violence.

No arrests were ever made.

“We didn't do enough in this state, apparently at least on the local level, to adequately enforce those laws. We didn't do enough to stand up for domestic violence victims in our state at the local level and we need to do more of that,” said Gov. Walker on Meet the Press.

When police are called to a domestic abuse situation in Wisconsin, officers must arrest the predominant aggressor.

“There was ways in which we failed her, there were ways in which the system could have done different things,” said Pat Stein, the Executive Director of the Bolton Refuge House.

Stein said loopholes in the laws need to be closed, putting less stress on victims and holding abusers accountable.

“The message that needs to get out here is to offenders, that say we're taking domestic violence extremely serious, and if you commit those crimes and we find out about it, we're going to do everything that we possibly can do to hold you accountable to insure that you’ve learned from this,” Stein said.

She said advocates for domestic violence victims have been communicating with lawmakers to tighten and develop laws.

“When we have a loss like this, we definitely feel it throughout the state. It just reminds each and every one of us how incredibly vulnerable all
individuals are who are experiencing this,” Stein said.

Walker didn't go into detail about what specific laws he'd like to see changed.

But he called this a non-partisan issue that needs to be addressed on the local, state and federal levels.
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MILWAUKEE — One week after a deadly Brookfield spa shooting, Gov. Scott Walker says Wisconsin needs to tighten its domestic violence laws.

On NBC's "Meet the Press," Walker said the state didn't do enough on the local level to enforce domestic violence laws, and didn't do enough to stand up for victims.

Last Sunday, Radcliffe Haugton shot seven women at the Azana Salon & Spa. Three died, including his estranged wife, Zina, before Haugton killed himself.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that over the past decade, police were called to the couple's home 20 times — seven for possible domestic violence. They never made an arrest.

Walker did not say what he wants changed, but said efforts to make the laws stronger need to come from local, state and federal levels.


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