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Case Building Against Doug Bartholomew – Get In On The Action

January 30th, 2012 · Doug Bartholomew and Associates, DV Industry

June 13th, 2009 · 10 Comments

I have had many responses to my call out for those having difficulties with self-proclaimed, and narcissistic actor, Doug Bartholomew. He’s very careful with his language these days, having referred to me (he claims indirectly) as being a stalker and a repeat DV offender, which I’m not. He has also claimed that the day in which he called me, somebody created another ID on his computer as his reason for concern. I simply pointed out that local computer logs and IP tracking could easily discover who that was, albeit himself who “created” this or somebody else, or maybe this is a fabrication altogether. Either way, he stumbled when offering specifics and could not relate this problem to me (or anyone) being a stalker and/or repeat DV offender.

At one point he mentioned that one party was not going to like his findings, which backs up my claims of quackery and hackery against this man and his “practice”. That reveals that he doesn’t think it’s possible for two to be responsible for an altercation. That’s funny because that age-old saying that is wise beyond its years, doesn’t state: “It only takes one to fight”. I’d like for him to explain that one further.

As for stalking, he has now returned two of my messages as I have NOT repeatedly called his office, which is what a real stalker would do. So, please keep up these actions and  keep up the big mouth in your classes Doug, as it’s helpful to everyone!

Currently, we are working with well over 5 complaints against this man, which includes tapes of his sessions and the biased line of questioning that he uses under the “guise” of being an expert showing that he enables the continues the bad behavior of others as “victims”, while looking for anything that he can use against those not labeled as victims, then charges  ridiculous charges for these practices.

If one, in turn asks him to do further ivestigation, as does often happen because of the biased line of questioning that he uses in the first place he simply threatens them with more exhorbitant charges for what really should have happened in the first place.

As a result, we also have members of his staff involved as they are concerned about what is happening. Complaints are soon to be filed with the Department of Health as this man ans his practices need to be stopped. There is verry little, if anything, that is CLINICALLY involved here.

Stay tuned for developments.

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Washington DV Press Mourns the Passing of Advocate John Lukas

January 26th, 2012 · DV Industry

January 25th, 2012 marks the passing of one of the men who fought so hard for recognition of the abuse happening at the hands of those tasked with stopping abuse. This man named John Lukas did not pass away (he is alive and relocated to the mid west) he simply went the way of so many fathers rights advocates he discovered this fight for justice was more than he could tackle, he made a good effort for a number of years however, no question he will be remembered and talked about for a long time.

Mr. Lukas came into trouble several years ago resulting out of a abusive conflict with his ex wife and his trials and tribulations with the King County justice system and the ever abusive DV Treatment. He attended several DVPT programs and his aggressive style for holding others accountable quickly gave him a reputation here in Washington State. He entered into the system needing help, the system provided him none and to the contrary society was left with a broken man who fought to recover but could not overcome.

He called for change at several Washington State Agencies, DOH and DSHS to name a couple, was critical of many public employees Roy Carson, Maureen Kelly, Michael Gleason, private employees like Barry Glatt and Doug Bartholomew. He made a impression at a King County DVPT Gold Standard Committee meeting. John fought hard for what he felt was unjust and corrupt behavior whenever he could.

At the end he simply had become so bitter and concious of the corruption he could no longer carry on. It is a story fathers rights groups have seen again and again over the years the odds are stacked against any man (or woman) who stands up against injustice. The system is constructed to ruin a person from the inside out. No more evident is this than the family court arena where within 15 minutes a fathers entire life will be turned upside down and their most prized possessions are taken away, the children (John had the advantage of not suffering the void created by the loss of your children because he has no children).

At various points in his life he was happier and had overcome great personal loss, but now he finds solace in his cats, his cooking and the chilly winters of Green Bay, the system has no concern for men like John Lukas and I am sure many King County Professionals will revel in the news reported here I feel sorry for those who lack the ability not to help their fellow man, John certainly rubbed many people wrong (all the way to the end in fact) but I can say he was once my friend when I needed one and I know many can say the same thing.

John never quite made the system change the way he so dearly wanted, but he did make one hell of a dent in it. His hard work and sacrifice will make the road a little smoother for the next guy.

2012 marks the passing of yet one more who tried and failed to overcome the beast our government has become, one more man who the system could not stop kicking when he was down. I am sure somewhere out there is still one or two PDR’s waiting to be completed for him.

I wish you well John Lukas.

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Dale and Cindi Todd of Phoenix Counseling Service

January 25th, 2012 · DV Courts, DV Industry, DV News

Original Story from November 2009

Cindi and Dale Todd run Phoenix Counseling Services, Inc. up in Everett, WA. They are the latest in the long line of pretenders that we are out to expose in the corrupt DV Industry within the State of Washington. Dale boasts on his website that he is a Certified Clinical Criminal Justice Specialist through the National Association of Forensic Therapists and The American College of Certified Counselors. He holds an advanced (Ph.D.) Doctorate Degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Criminal Justice, a (M.P.A.) Masters Degree in Public Administration in Criminal Justice and a (B.A.S.) Bachelors Degree in Psychology and (A.A.S.) Police Science. Curiously, he does not state where that last accreditation came from.

The problem is that ALL of his accreditations are from online  “Universities”. But what if the certificates on the wall could be had by anybody, even a cat? How would you feel then? I don’t know about you, but if I went to a doctor for a physical or mental problem, I would like to have the highest level of service from said doctor. If I found out that they had online credentials, I would definitely seek help elsewhere. And I strongly suggest you do as well.

In fact, the last time Dale Todd set foot on a university campus was back in 1976, according to testimony last week involving a woman who pulled the rape card, during a court ordered domestic violence class after assaulting her boyfriend. This “class” was with Dale Todd. Dale Todd, phony credentials and all “determined” after three sessions with this woman, that she was raped, using “role playing” in his “diagnosis.

Keep in mind that this was a simple child custody case. Rape charges were never filed There was never any police report. It was just Dale Todd’s enabling of bad behavior that set in motion one of the most bizarre court cases seen in years. In fact, pictures of the assault of this man were shown in this courtroom. This picture showed him with a bloody lip and black eye from the initial assault by the woman that started this bizarre case in motion with Dale Todd’s enabling of her false rape claims. The WSCADV (Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence)  also sent an “expert” witness. This witness  could not utter the words “domestic violence” when asked by the petitioners’ lawyer to describe the action that resulted in that picture. Instead, she stated that it was an action from “a woman behaving badly”.

As it turned out, the male petitioner had pictures of himself and his girlfriend at a party, shopping receipts and phone records from the very weekend in which the alleged “repeated raping” had “occurred”.

So, this PHD was now in a position of having to justify how one could throw a party at their house, rape his girlfriend, take her shopping, rape her, let her get on the phone and rape her again. And both she and Dale both acknowledged that there was no police report filed. Instead, he used “syndromes” to describe her behavior while she insisted what she said was true., without any remorse whatsoever. Now, reverse the genders in this case and imagine Dale stepping up for men in the same way. DV counselors have been fired for doing so, even when there was more than probable cause to back up their testimony. Instead, enabling of false rape claims that get thrown out of court somehow have more value in these courts, than a counselor telling the truth about a DV situation.

Sound far-fetched? I agree!

So bizarre was his testimony that it prompted the petitioner’s attorney to do a background check on Dale Todd, where the court learned of all of his online credentials. This is what you get when you get one of the pretenders in the DV industry in Washington State. Even my cat could have attained a certification from these sites.

Worse yet, this man has a close relationship with Doug Bartholomew, as Doug relies Dale Todd for testimony, support, and advice. You get the picture. Both of these men also serve as DV advisors within the state DV committees. Both helped to compose the DV state statutes for the DSHS (Dept. of Social and Human Services), even though Doug has claimed to have written them all by his lonesome on many occasions. This is the type of personal bias that drives the DV Industry within Washington State.

Needless to say, the rape allegations were thrown out, and the man was not convicted of anything. BOTH parents were ordered into anger management followed by respectful parenting classes. That follows my common sense assertions that it takes two.  The woman will have to restart her “treatment” after this folly, but walked away Scott free from making these false allegations, accusations and statements.

And so did Dale Todd for enabling that type of behavior. Despite the picture, and police reports, this “PHD” saw fit to enable the woman as the “victim” and the man as the aggressor. Bartholomew also chipped in his two cents by attempting to butcher this man on the stand as well. Thankfully, he had his sessions with Mr. Bartholomew recorded that revealed that Bartholomew’s “expert” line of questioning was nothing more than a setup. Don Dutton was the man’s expert witness. Unlike the pretenders, Mr. Dutton has over 27 pages worth of credentials, none of which involved online “universities”. He seriously questioned Mr. Batholomew’s line of questioning and how he wound up with the bizarre conclusions that he did, despite the fact that he was the victim in this case and had the proof in the form of pictures, phone records and shopping receipts to prove it.

The cost of this defense? It cost the accused man well over $100,000 to defend himself in court in a simple child custody case. This is what I mean when I say that this industry is all about the money. This is what happens when you get pretenders like Dale Todd and Doug Bartholomew as primary driving forces behind the Washington State Domestic Violence movement. They have answers to explain every one of their actions, backed up by their loosely defined statutes, which creates an allowance for an extremely biased treatment program with wide latitude to do as they please. They’ve made millions from this gravy train. Meanwhile, poor men like this have to spend a ton of money to defend themselves from the obvious.

This is what false accusations do to men. On top of that, some even lose cases like this despite the fact that many have a good solid defense. The utter impunity, ugly and vindictive nature of these courts and organizations like the Northwest Women’s Law Center, headed up by gender feminist Pat Novotny are what men are up against. They drain the man financially and mentally, while he has no support or advocacy at all. After they lose, they simply give up and lose faith in the system, while their life has been ruined and they have no more recourse other than to “take it like a man”.

Domestic Violence “science” leaves much to be desired, as DV “experts” have discovered the artful form of wording, which must be listened to closely. Almost all of the DV “experts” answers and explanations, much like that of Evan Stark, have caveats and fine print attached to it. For instance, the statement of “Domestic Violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15-54″, has been repeated so often it is now their truth. That came from Evan Stark. The caveat? Mr. Stark claimed to me in an e-mail exchange that this figure is “from women who seek medical attention”, When pushed further, he stated that it also had the caveat of those “who sought medical attention who walked into the emergency room at the hospital”. I didn’t even believe that as he could only verify that with data from one county in Connecticut. Yet, that blatant statement graces many pages of DV shelters and organizations throughout the country.

Pretenders like Dale Todd and Doug Bartholomew fully ascribe to this type of “science”. Such are the “truths” and statistics of the DV Industry.

Meanwhile, this story took a stranger turn this week as three people in Cindi Todd’s (Dale Todd’s wife) DV class reported to me that Ms. Todd spent a good portion of her class describing that rape/child custody trial as if they had accomplished some good. In fact, she claimed Mr. Dutton had perjured himself on the stand. When I called her regarding this, she denied it. I asked her “Why would multiple sources report the very same statement to me”? She had no answer. When I asked about her husband’s PHD, she beat around the bush until I asked her where he went to school to obtain that “PHD” and the other paper credentials. It was then that she admitted to me that they were online paper documents obtained from online paper mills.

This brings forth the following question. What business does a treatment center “provider” have in discussing ongoing litigation as actual treatment during an actual treatment session? This is what is happening should you be treated at Phoenix Counseling Services and most DV treatment centers in Washington State. That’s how they treat and view “accountability”. They have none while you have to display yours in a dysfunctional manner for over a year, or until they “decide” to pass you. If you don’t, they will use threats and coercion in the form of threatening you with your child visitation rights. That’s right. In DIRECT conflict with their teachings, they use the same behaviors that they hold you accountable for. The “Enforcer”, Doug Bartholomew, is behind these “techniques”

As you can see, I call this treatment and don’t dare use the word therapy, as there is a difference. These treatment centers cannot legally call this therapy without the proper credentials. Therapy can only be obtained from a licensed psychologist. Treatment is provided by state certified agencies that require only 50 hours of training before they can “treat”. Along with this comes ongoing yearly training and indoctrination into these corrupt practices at local DV shelters that work in close conjunction with the likes of WSCADV, Mr. Bartholomew, and Mr. Todd, They often use threats and coercion to run these treatment centers and intimidate men with losing their children, families, money, and much, much more, should they not “comply”. This is in direct violation of their teachings, but strangely, there are no statutes to define this behavior.

It could be challenged. It will be challenged. But it will cost a small fortune and these men know that. Until then, they will continue to operate, unabated, until a higher authority steps in to clean this up.  Many actions are in the works, including the FBI, who has acknowledged that this has become a problem, as this is a circumvention of due process.

Mr. Bartholomew is now under review by the Department of Health. Barry Glatt is now out of the Industry and is now working as a quit smoking counselor at Free and Clear in Seattle. Mr. Glatt’s review at the DOH has moved forward to their legal department.  Roy Carson, head of the DSHS DVPT programs, was “laid off” with cause, this past May.

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Mainstream Seattle Media Calls Attention to Gender Bias In Superior Court

January 25th, 2012 · DV Courts, DV Family, DV Industry, DV News, King County Superior Court

Seattle Weekly has just published a shocking (well not for us but for “Normal Media”) series of stories about the shameful abuses happening everyday in King County Superior courtrooms, simply that Civil Domestic Violence Protection Orders are being used in some cases as a weapon against fathers to gain the upper hand in custody and divorce proceedings with the support of Commissioners and Judges.

Autor Nina Shapiro really did a good job on this story, holds no punches back she named names and got interviews (I am sure she will not be getting anymore from KCSC after this). She went all in and I am sure pissed off many of the DV Industry power players here in Seattle.

Lots of the DV Industry worst abusers were named: KCSC Chief Commissioner Leonid “Les” Ponomarchuk, Commissioner Meg Sassaman, Commissioner Jacqueline Jeske, Commissioner Lori K. Smith, 2011 Assistant Presiding Chief Judge James Doerty, Lawyer Jan Dyer to name a few.

Great Series of stories which I am looking forward to more from Ms. Shapiro.

http://www.seattleweekly.com/2012-01-18/news/ripped-apart/

http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/dailyweekly/2012/01/family_court_dads_regularly_lo.php

http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/dailyweekly/2012/01/sky_metalwalas_dad_is_victim_o.php

 

Great stories and some quality comments. 

 

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Gender Biased DV Policy – King County Washington

January 25th, 2012 · DV Courts, King County Superior Court

Working with Survivors Charged with DV-Related Crimes:
Some Information for Advocates

From the King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, October, 20031

The King County criminal legal system is complex and can be overwhelming to people who are defendants or victims in criminal cases, especially those who are domestic violence survivors. The information below describes the various stages in the criminal court process and highlights some opportunities for advocacy with survivors who have been charged with DV-related crimes.

Police Agencies, Jails, Courts and More Courts: In the King County region there are 26 independent cities, most of which have their own police agencies and courts2. When a person is arrested for a misdemeanor crime, their case is processed either in the local municipal court, or in one of the King County District Courts, depending on where it occurred. When a person is arrested for a felony crime, their case is processed in by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, and heard by judge in King County Superior Court.

Criminal Cases: There are several stages to a criminal case, which are explained in more detail below. Key stages are:

arraignment, when charges are officially filed, Pretrial” or “case scheduling” hearings, depending on the court system, Trial: if a trial results in conviction, then the case proceeds to Sentencing.

Steps in the Court Process

Initial investigation: The initial investigation of the crime is conducted by one or more patrol officers who travel to the crime scene or to the location of the victim, shortly after the crime is reported. Officers interview the parties and any witnesses, and begin an initial report listing the circumstances of the crime. The officer may also take photographs, and collect any related evidence.

According to Washington State Law, (RCW 10.31.100)

When the officer has probable cause to believe that family or household members have assaulted each other, the officer is not required to arrest both persons. The officer shall arrest the person whom the officer believes to be the primary physical aggressor. In making this determination, the officer shall make every reasonable effort to consider: (i) The intent to protect victims of domestic violence under RCW 10.99.010; (ii) the comparative extent of injuries inflicted or serious threats creating fear of physical injury; and (iii) the history of domestic violence between the persons involved.

1 Funded by the Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Office, Human Services Department, City of Seattle, through VAWO, Arrest Programs Grant, 98-WE-VX-00282 A list of courts in King County is available on the Internet at www.courts.wa.gov, under Court Directory.

If the person was acting in self-defense, it may be beneficial to tell the officer why and how she was defending herself. If she has been physically or sexually abused or threatened by her partner, she may wish to tell the officer as much information as possible about this history. As described in the RCW above, officers are required to consider the history of domestic violence between the parties. [Read more →]

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DSHS Sanctioned Doug Bartholomew for Release of Records

January 25th, 2012 · Doug Bartholomew and Associates

This is a repost of a article originally posted on June 11th, 2010

This past week, one of many complaints lodged against Doug Bartholomew came to a close. Despite the loose statutes and past history of selective enforcement of these minimum standards of WAC 388-60, The DSHS found Mr. Bartholomew behaved in a manner that placed DV victims  at risk. The evidence revealed that Doug Bartholomew had been releasing victim information to participants in his class. WADVPress has obtained further proof that this is not a random act, and in fact has been going on for years. Forthcoming complaints will be issued by those many who have been coming forward through this website.

These complaints will also include not only further allegations, but substantiated proof of identical activities, as well as other violations.

Despite being found at fault for placing victims at risk, the DSHS only saw fit to enforce a written warning which included the weak requirement that Mr. Bartholomew must only submit a plan for ensuring that all information provided by, or about, DV victims be kept confidential.

In other words, he must live up to the WAC standards that he had previously bragged about creating in the past. Nowhere is the sanction does it mention that Bartholomew must actually adhere to these written warnings. That’s how bad this process has become.

This is the value and consideration the DSHS has concerning victim safety. WADVPress, as a victims rights organization is disappointed by this favorable response to a clear and dangerous precedent they have established with this decision.  Public disclosure for past offenses along these lines with other DVPT programs have resulted in license revocation or worse. More of these past complaints along these lines will be published in the upcoming weeks, along with the exposure of the lack of procedures missing within the subjective DSHS WAC 388-60 complaint process.

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10 Signs Your Woman is Abusive

January 25th, 2012 · DV Courts, DV Family, DV Industry, DV News

Dr Tara J. Palmatier of Shrink4Men nails this one on the head. This is hardly ever considered by the courts who believe all men are perpetrators.

Does your girlfriend or wife yell, scream, and swear at you? Do you feel like you can’t talk to anyone about your relationship because they just wouldn’t understand? Is your relationship making you feel like you’re slowly going crazy?

If so, you’re probably involved with a woman who is an emotionally abusive bully. Most men don’t want to admit that they’re in an abusive relationship. They describe the relationship and their girlfriend/wife using other terms like crazy, emotional, controlling, bossy, domineering, constant conflict, or volatile. If you use words like this to describe your relationship, odds are you’re being emotionally abused.

Do you recognize any of the following behaviors?

1) Bullying. If she doesn’t get her way, there’s hell to pay. She wants to control you and resorts to emotional intimidation to do it. She uses verbal assaults and threats in order to get you to do what she wants. It makes her feel powerful to make you feel bad. People with a Narcissistic personality are often bullies.

Result: You lose your self-respect and feel outnumbered, sad, and alone. You develop a case of Stockholm Syndrome, in which you identify with the aggressor and actually defend her behavior to others.

2) Unreasonable expectations. No matter how hard you try and how much you give, it’s never enough. She expects you to drop whatever you’re doing and attend to her needs. No matter the inconvenience, she comes first. She has an endless list of demands that no one mere mortal could ever fulfill.

Common complaints include: You’re not romantic enough, you don’t spend enough time with me, you’re not sensitive enough, you’re not smart enough to figure out my needs, you’re not making enough money, you’re not FILL IN THE BLANK enough. Basically, you’re not enough, because there’s no pleasing this woman. No one will ever be enough for her, so don’t take it to heart.

Result: You’re constantly criticized because you’re not able to meet her needs and experience a sense of learned helplessness. You feel powerless and defeated because she puts you in no-win situations.

3) Verbal attacks.This is self-explanatory. She employs schoolyard name calling, psychopathologizing (e.g., armed with a superficial knowledge of psychology she uses diagnostic terms like labile, paranoid, narcissistic, etc. for a 50-cent version of name calling), criticizing, threatening, screaming, yelling, swearing, sarcasm, humiliation, exaggerating your flaws, and making fun of you in front of others, including your children and other people she’s not intimidated by. Verbal assault is another form of bullying, and bullies only act like this in front of those whom they don’t fear or people who let them get away with their bad behavior.

Result: Your self-confidence and sense of self-worth all but disappear. You may even begin to believe the horrible things she says to you.

4) Gaslighting. “I didn’t do that. I didn’t say that. I don’t know what you’re talking about. It wasn’t that bad. You’re imagining things. Stop making things up.” If the woman you’re involved with is prone to Borderline or Narcissistic rage episodes, in which she spirals into outer orbit, she may very well not remember things she’s said and done. However, don’t doubt your perception and memory of events. They happened and they are that bad.

Result: Her gaslighting behavior may cause you to doubt your own sanity. It’s crazymaking behavior that leaves you feeling confused, bewildered, and helpless.

5) Unpredictable responses. Round and round and round she goes. Where she’ll stop, nobody knows. This is another Borderline characteristic. She reacts differently to you on different days or at different times. For example, on Monday, it’s ok for you to Blackberry work email in front of her. On Wednesday, the same behavior is “disrespectful, insensitive, you don’t love me, you’re a self-important jerk, you’re a workaholic.” By Friday, it could be ok for you to Blackberry again.

Telling you one day that something’s alright and the next day that it’s not is emotionally abusive behavior. It’s like walking through a landmine in which the mines shift location.

Result: You’re constantly on edge, walking on eggshells, and waiting for the other shoe to drop. This is a trauma response. You’re being traumatized by her behavior. Because you can’t predict her responses, you become hypervigilant to any change in her mood or potential outburst, which leaves you in a perpetual state of anxiety and possibly fear. It’s a healthy sign to be afraid of this behavior, men. It’s scary. Don’t feel ashamed to admit it.

6) Constant Chaos. She’s addicted to conflict. She gets a charge from the adrenaline and drama. She may deliberately start arguments and conflict as a way to avoid intimacy or being called on her bullshit. She may also pick fights to keep you engaged or as a way to get you to react to her with hostility, so that she can accuse you of being abusive and she can be the victim later on. This maneuver is a defense mechanism called projective identification.

Result: You become emotionally punch drunk. You’re left feeling dazed and confused, not knowing which end is up. This is highly stressful because it also requires you to be hypervigilant and in a constant state of defense for incoming attacks.

7) Emotional blackmail. She threatens to abandon you, to end the relationship, or give you the cold shoulder if you don’t play by her rules. She plays on your fears, vulnerabilities, weaknesses, shame, values, sympathy, compassion, and other “buttons” to control you and get what she wants.

Result: You feel manipulated, used, and controlled.

8 Rejection. She ignores you, won’t look at you when you’re in the same room, gives you the cold shoulder, withholds affection, withholds sex, declines or puts down your ideas, invitations, suggestions, and pushes you away when you try to be close. After she pushes you as hard and as far away as she can, she’ll try to be affectionate with you. You’re still hurting from her previous rebuff or attack and don’t respond. Then she accuses you of being cold and rejecting, which she’ll use as an excuse to push you away again in the future.

Result: You feel undesirable, unwanted, and unlovable. You believe no one else would want you and cling to this abusive woman, grateful for whatever scraps of infrequent affection she shows you.

9) Withholding affection and sex. This is another form of rejection and emotional blackmail. It’s not just about sex, it’s about withholding physical, psychological, and emotional nurturing. It includes a lack of interest in what’s important to you–your job, family, friends, hobbies, activities–and being uninvolved, emotionally detached or shut down with you.

Result: You have a transactional relationship in which you have to perform tasks, buy her things, “be nice to her,” or give into her demands in order to receive love and affection from her. You don’t feel loved and appreciated for who you are, but for what you do for her or buy her.

10) Isolating. She demands or acts in ways that cause you to distance yourself from your family, friends, or anyone that would be concerned for your well-being or a source of support. This typically involves verbally trashing your friends and family, being overtly hostile to your family and friends, or acting out and starting arguments in front of others to make it as unpleasant as possible for them to be around the two of you.

Result: This makes you completely dependent upon her. She takes away your outside sources of support and/or controls the amount of interaction you have with them. You’re left feeling trapped and alone, afraid to tell anyone what really goes on in your relationship because you don’t think they’ll believe you.

You don’t have to accept emotional abuse in your relationship. You can get help or you can end it. Most emotionally abusive women don’t want help. They don’t think they need it. They are the professional victims, bullies, narcissists, and borderlines. They’re abusive personality types and don’t know any other way to act in relationships.

Life is too short to spend one more second in this kind of relationship. Get support, get out, and stay out.

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Tell Them NO On VAWA Re-Authorization

January 23rd, 2012 · DV Industry

Here’s your chance…. It’s time to stop this ridiculousness now.

SAVE Services has launched this important alert

The Senate Judiciary Committee Needs Your Calls Before Thursday’s Vote On VAWA

Dear Harry,

The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) this coming Thursday at 10am. As you know, we have found many flaws in this bill, which is why we created the Partner Violence Reduction Act (PVRA).

The Partner Violence Reduction Act:

  1. Gives priority to real victims.
  2. Reduces false allegations.
  3. Removes provisions that violate the Constitution.
  4. Protects families.
  5. Provides legal assistance for alleged victim and alleged offender.
  6. Requires third-party accreditation.
  7. Curbs immigration fraud.
  8. Makes the law gender-inclusive.

Today we’d like you to call members on the committee. Tell them to reject VAWA and to support the Partner Violence Reduction Act. More info: www.saveservices.org/pvra

Please contact the members listed below:

  • Chuck Grassley (202) 224-3744
  • Orrin G. Hatch (202) 224-5251
  • Jon Kyl (202) 224-4521
  • Jeff Sessions (202) 224-4124
  • Lindsey Graham (202) 224-5972
  • John Cornyn (202) 224-2934
  • Michael S. Lee (202) 224-5444
  • Tom Coburn (202) 224-5754

Call them once, call them twice, call them several times. Call Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Ask your family, friends, church family, co-workers and neighbors to call. And don’t forget to ask your Facebook, Twitter and Google, and friends too.

Sincerely,

Teri


Teri Stoddard, Program Director

Stop Abusive and Violent Environments

www.saveservices.org

 

P.S. Help us grow our efforts…. www.saveservices.org/contribute ,

and forward this E-lert to a friend

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WHY We Call Bullshit On VAWA

January 10th, 2012 · DV Industry

The really good stuff starts at 3:05 in……. Next time a fundraiser comes a knockin’, send them a packin’. In fact, send any state senator packing that votes for any more of this nonsense. Enough is enough.

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Why Men Become MRAs

January 9th, 2012 · DV Industry

I think this logically sums it up. Happy New Year’s fellas, and Rock ON!

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How The VAWA Folk Roll – False Accusations

December 9th, 2011 · DV Industry

We’ve run into eerily similar behavior as we have been bullied by the likes of the Attorney General’s Office, The DSHS, the King County Prosecutor’s Office, Advocates, Treatment Professionals, and many others as we have actually had the guts to ask questions and not fall in line with a biased agenda.

This is what you can expect.

We can’t make this up. Pay close attention to the captions in this video as it explains CLEARLY how the game of false accusations is taught and played. This time, she got caught.

Lisalyn R. Jacobs Charged & Arraigned for Assaulting Daddy Justice at VAWA Hearing in D.C. Senate Building

Lisalyn R. Jacobs was charged and arraigned today for assaulting  Ben Vonderheide, aka. Daddy Justice At a VAWA Hearing in the Senate Building in Washington D.C.
Do your job VAWA people and stop supporting and defending false accusations or you will be exposed and go down one by one.

Lisalyn R. Jacobs, Vice President for Government Relations

Lisalyn Jacobs

Lisalyn R. Jacobs joined Legal Momentum as vice president for government relations in March of 2003. She began her legal career at the National Partnership for Women and Families under the auspices of Georgetown’s Women’s Law & Public Policy Fellowship. Following three years in private practice, she joined the Office of Policy Development of the U.S. Justice Department in 1995 and worked on a number of issues including implementation of the Violence Against Women Act, the welfare reform law, judicial nominations. and affirmative action. She also served as Chief of Staff of the Civil Rights Division, as well as Special Counsel to the Director of the Violence Against Women Office. In May of 2000, she left DOJ and for nearly three years was a civil and human rights consultant on issues ranging from capital punishment to affirmative action, and international human rights. She has testified before congressional committees at both the state and federal levels.

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Soloman Metalwala and Julia Biryukova Documents Released

November 22nd, 2011 · DV Courts, DV Family, DV Industry, DV News

In the recently publicized Metalwala case, Julia Biryukova admits abandoning her son at the side of the road, a 2 year old child named Sky Metalwala.

Washington DV Press has obtained audio/video and copies of legal filings of these public hearings. These documents and recordings raise some serious questions regarding the fitness of the mother Julia Biryukvoa, and her abilities regarding custody of  her children prior to the point where her baby, ….. eventually disappeared.

Just like that.

If this had involved a father in the State of Washington, he would have been in jail by this point. But, the excuses keep piling up.

There is a history here, and it is concerning to say the least.

You see, in June 2010, the father, Mr. Metalwala become so afraid for his safety (and his children), that he petitioned for a Civil Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO). That action was countered with a retaliatory petition by the mother (Biryukova), who enlisted the help of well known Seattle DV Guru Lawyer Veronica Freitas,  (Washington BAR #19405). Ms. Freitas is well known for her abilities to propagate false allegations to King County Superior Court.  Except this time a child went missing and the gender bias in King County once again kicked in.

Let the games begin.

What seems to get lost in the shuffle is that the mother (Biryukova) was admitted several times for mental health issues. Her diagnostic scores were alarming at intake and discharge. She was prescribed powerful drugs administered by medical professionals. This alone should have been more than enough to at least raise a red flag, let alone issue a DVPO. The children should have been placed into the father’s care, but unfortunately, these parties are in King County.

The mother, with the help of her lawyer (Freitas) proceeded to make an alarming chain of false allegations, including domestic violence, child abuse and sexual abuse. These false claims were investigated by DSHS CPS Bellevue office investigator Chris Sanchez and were closed unfounded, with no evidence found to support these false claims.

Let the games continue. This is how it rolls in King County.

This process dragged on for months, concluding in March 2011. Up until that point there were simply  temporary protection orders. The final hearing involved  KCSC UFC Commissioner Jacqueline Jeske. Despite all of the previous evidence, Jeske sided with the mother, and issued the DVPO with Biryukova and the children as the protected parties.

She denied the father’s access to his children to all but a few hours a month.

Other reports state the father had not seen the children since 2010. Jeske ordered Mr. Metalwala to attend and complete Domestic Violence Perpetrator Treatment naming two specific providers, Doug Bartholomew and Wellsprings Family Services (search this site for more information on these providers).

He was screwed.

She also 0rdered that he attend and complete a program called “DV Dads”, even though there is no such program recognized by the State of Washington, or King County. These programs are a figment of Bartholomew’s imagination and pocketbook. Jeske knew this. As a result Mr. Metalwala joined other unfortunate men in Washington State who get caught in this vicious cycle, and are required to complete 18 months of treatment that is not legally required.

Another confusing note in this (and many other cases) is that Commissioner Jeske issued a DVPO which expires March 3rd, 2012,. The PROBLEM, however, is that the parties were under temp orders since June of 2010. Washington State Statute only allows these Civil DVPO’s to be issued for 12 months without special findings. Special findings do not exist in this matter. Worse yet, these RCW’s are also supported by significant amount of Case Law.

While we are not lawyers, it seems that the existing DVPO that was preventing Mr. Metalwala from exercising his fundamental right to be a father, ……  is in all likelihood a VOID Order. This is simply and sadly another fine example of the abuse perpetrated by Commissioner Jeske (and other commissioners) who follow the direction of Presiding Judge Richard McDermott and Assistant Presiding Judge James Doerty.

WADVPress is also following other cases involving Judge Doerty and his apparent illegal actions. We have discovered Judge Doerty having exparte communications with only one party in litigation (the mothers side) disclosing the outcome of a hearing IN ADVANCE  (days before the hearing),  denying due process.

He has conducted a “Star Chamber” hearings with Judge McDermott, further circumventing due process. This story will be reported in an upcoming article. Judicial Cannons mean little to Judge Doerty. This is a problem that Doerty would fight to the death over, … if exposed.

Clearly there is a failure to train and supervise rouge Commissioners. This includes others, who back in October,  notified KCSC about similar misconduct by this Commissioner. Doerty’s response was NOTHING. No action whatsoever. This is a rogue action from the top on down, which keeps on flowing until it it gets checked. Hopefully, that will be soon, as actions to check this commissioner are in the works.

For the sake of these children and Mr. Metalwala we hope he did not fall victim to the likes of Doug Bartholomew or Mark Adams. He can hopefully escape the abuse by King County Superior Court, and the Sua Suponte actions of Jacqueline Jeske.

We feel for Metalawa and the other good fathers who are caught in the clutches of this dysfunctional system which trudges along without a rudder, no basis in science, but does line the pocketbooks of the lawyers and providers while stripping the fathers of their lives, families, livelihoods, and sometimes worse.

Tell me how this helps these fathers or their children?

Their is much blood on many hands on this one –

KCSC Commissioner Jaqueline Jeske
King CountyChief Presiding Judge Richard McDermott
King County Assistant Presiding Judge James Doerty
Lawyer Veronica Freitas
Doug Bartholomew and/or Mark Adams Wellsprings Family Services

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Washington Domestic Violence Commission under Attack

November 22nd, 2011 · DV Courts, DV Industry, DV News

A Washington State not for profit Corporation “Washington Domestic Violence Commission” who advocates for equal protection and against DV, has come under attack by Seattle area lawyer Karma Zaike and the Law Offices of Michael W. Bugni. Zaike stated over and over again in Sworn Court Documents that this Organization does not exist. These statements were made on the record over a two month period, Karma Zaike even introduced documents (print outs from the Washington Secretary of State web site) which she swore as accurate but in fact were fabricated and totally without merit, King County Superior Court Assistant Presiding Judge Jim Doerty relied on these when making a monetary fine against a litigant in the case.

The WADVC was never allowed to respond to these charges so they persisted. Upon hearing this a member sought public records from the Washington SOS office, and what was recieved was shocking. Not only did Ms. Zaike visit the webpage which clearly provided the legal detail of WADVC she visited the same correct web page 20 TIMES over the 60 day procedings and not once informed the court as the RPC (Lawyer Rules of Professional Conduct) require. We have been informed that all methods of relief are on the table for consideration by the WADVC at this point including Civil action and Formal Notice to the proper Authorities. 

The Law Offices of Michael Bugni and Karma Zaike falsified documents and presented these to KCSC in an attempt to win favor for her and her clients false allegations of Domestic Violence, thankfully for this father Judge William Downing ruled her claims insuficient to merit the Civil DVPO sought.

These records which have been supplied to Washington DV Press paint a clear picture of what happens everyday in front of King County Superior Court, litigants lie, lawyers lie, the Commissioners like Jacqueline Jeske and Judges like Chief Presiding Judge Richard McDermott, Assistant Presiding Judge James Doerty care little for facts and/or affording equal protection under the law to all parties.

Karma Zaike is a lawyer who is willing to place her professional career on the line just to promote the gender baised agenda that only females can be victims of Domestic Violence.

We will be posting many more stories about this in the near future as this case is riddled with corruption and misconduct, not the least of which is the mother who attempted to strangle the parties 14 year old child.

Bloodly hands on this go to-

Karma Zaike
Michael Bugni
Chief Presiding Judge Richard McDermott
Assistant Presiding Judge James Doerty
UFC Commissioner Jacqueline Jeske

The Common Sense awards go to-

King County Superior Court Judge William Downing (nice to see one of these Judges finally making a correct ruling)

 

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Accountability Initiative: Attorney at Law Karma Zaike UPDATE LAWYER NAMED SUSPECT

August 18th, 2011 · DV Courts, DV Industry

We are pleased to announce a the launch of a new Accountability Initiative naming Seattle Attorney Karma L. Zaike (WSBA number 31037).

Ms. Zaike works out of the Michael W. Bugni  and Associates Law Firm located at 11300 Roosevelt Way NE Suite 300, Seattle, WA 98125, she has been a member of the Washington BAR for a little over ten years.

At this point facts are still being uncovered and the situation is still very fluid, but the latest acts of misconduct have the possibility of landing this abuser in Superior Court facing Felony Charges.

We will be taking great pleasure in demonstrating the effects of being held accountable for one’s actions with this problem Lawyer. She has been spreading the poison of the DV Industry (while taking truckloads of cash to the bank and feeding the likes of Doug Bartholomew and Seth Ellner plenty of business) and alienating children from loving fathers for far to long.

As you may notice some of the same names keep popping up in our stories, Bartholomew, Zegree, Adams, Martin, Alquist, Hedrick, Todd, Sassaman, Russell, Ponomarchuk, etc. the reason is simple they are all part of the conspiracy known as the “DV Industry” here in Seattle and Washington State.

Based on preliminary information Zaike has been threatening State Officials with lawsuits, Tampering with a minor victim of Domestic Violence (mother attempted to strangle the child), Ms. Zaike reportedly threatened the minor if the truthful report made to Law Enforcement was not retracted among other statements. Coordinating possible violations of a Criminal No Contact Order which was perpetrated at the Bugni Law Frim Office, it is unclear if Mr. Bugni knew, supported, and/or engaged in this activity but the violations did happen at the office bearing his name.

If you are facing Ms. Zaike in current legal proceeding it may be worth sending a Public Disclosure Request to the Renton Police Department and Washington State DSHS CPS for information which likely could be used to put this abuser back into the cave she crawled out of some ten years ago.

As this Initiative unfolds and you would like to be a part or have additional information to contribute, email wadvpress@gmail.com and we will get right back to you.

UPDATE: Karma Zaike has been identified as “SUSPECT” on Renton Police Case number 2011-00007955, it is unclear if the case is proceeding at this point, but the word SUSPECT is far more appropriate than LAWYER. Zaike’s response to this Accountability Initiative, retain the legal services of Criminal Lawyer Geoffrey L. Burg (WSBA 24406)  206-467-3190 geoff@glblaw.com. Burg stated in a telephone call to RPD on 8-24-11 that he was “concerned about Karma’s livelihood” ahh the first concern of all good sleazeball lawyer’s MONEY.

Her lawyer is simply saying the Karma does not want to accept any accountability for her illegal actions and does not want her income effected because of her actions being publicized, sorry Karma and Geoff but when your actions come to the attention of wadvpress we will become a regular part of your world until your bottom feeding tactics are all exposed.

Bloody Hands on this one-

Karma Zaike – 206-365-5500 karma@lawgate.net

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Case Study: David Martin King County Deputy Prosecutor

August 4th, 2011 · DV Courts, DV Industry

We have been following David Martin’s work for some time and in the past have been critical of him, but events this week really stink. Stepping back a few months left me start;

In late 2010 a 19 year old woman named Faribah Maradiaga arrived at her court ordered “anger management” class at the campus of Bellevue Community College, she arrived late and started being disruptive complaining about the movie that was being shown, when another female classmate started to discuss her inappropriate behavior Maradiaga simply pulled out a 3″ knife and stabbed at the woman contacting her three times (twice in the arm and once in the shoulder). Police were called and at some point later the woman was sent to get medical attention for her minor injuries.

Maradiaga was arrested and later charged with Assault 2 with a Deadly Weapon and booked with a $50k bail amount by a King County Judge under case number 10-1-09035-1. Maradiaga is listed as a defendant in two Kirkland Municipal court cases one in 2009 and again in 2010.

Moving on to another King County case, this one 11-1-06195-3 from May of 2011 involving Jennifer Kolone a 30 year old female. On May 24th Kolone was involved in a argument with her boyfriend of 5 years. The boyfriend was apparently coming to his sense’s by telling Kolone he was leaving, Kolone felt offended by this act of courage and grabbed the 40 year old mans Testicles with great force, feeling this was not sufficient for the man to remember she then sliced in a “W” pattern almost severing his testicles off. The victim was treated at NW Hospital for injuries consistaint with knife wounds with surgical glue, stitches, and a “scrotal support” by attending physician Dr. Jacoby.

The Seattle Police (SPD) were no strangers to Ms. Kolone, in fact they had been to the residence three times in the previous months, on two of the occasions they labled her a Suspect or Primary Aggressor, but strangely (and in violation of Washington’s mandatory DV arrest law) no arrests were made, the SPD left the male victim to fend for himself, he almost paid for these mistakes with his genitalia.

After Kolone perpetrated this vicious attack she started “cleaning the house” as if nothing had happened, clear indication of her likely maladaptive and psychotic pathology. Also present in the apartment to witness this brutal attack was a 5 year old child.

In comes Mr. David Martin from the KCPAO who heads up the entire Domestic Violence unit at the prosecutors office; Martin championed sentence reform noting some highly offensive cases like Damon Overby and Gary Ruffcorn. Ruffcorn was a Doug Bartholomew  DV Treatment Provider success story Doug even went as far as to say “He (Ruffcorn) did everything right” well a couple months after doing everything right he sent yet another victim to the hospital, clearly you were wrong on this guy Doug, but the growing consensus is you are wrong 100% of the time.

Martin stepped right up to the plate with Kolone, charging her with Assault 3 Domestic Violence, sought a $30k bail and Ms. Kolone was walking the streets within 48 hours. Discusting. Martin must view Kolone as a “Vitim Defendant” maybe he will ask she attend a Victim Defendant DV Treatment Program like the one offered at NW Family Life or Dale Todd’s Phoenix DVPT so she can learn she had no choice in her actions because “a woman cannot be an abuser”(sic). 

In Washington attacking another persons genitalia with a knife is actually a Hate Crime, Assault in the First Degree, in front of a child adds another 10 years jail time, plus the Domestic Violence enhancement.

David Martin is sending a strong message here, attack a female and inflict superficial wounds Assault 2 DW $50k Bail, make a real good effort at severing your boyfriend Testicles Assault 3 DV $30k bail and out on the streets in 48 hours. Martin has supported the Washington DVFR in its conclusions “DV is under reported”, we agree. We also agree it is under prosecuted because of gender feminist attitudes like that shown by David Martin.

Martin’s actions and disparity in charging these two cases is criminal, Prosecutorial Misconduct, and it continues the myth that men only are the abusers. Martin who keeps himself busy handling DV cases, for example this week he took a fair amount of time to sit with a DV Survivor and listen to her story about the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) failures in providing Probation supervision of Stephen Casino (also a Doug Bartholomew DVPT graduate) which allowed Casino to assault his first wife, travel outside the jurisdiction, un-install a automobile breath interlock device, maybe even committed fraud against his employer (a well known and respected Seattle area business), only three weeks after graduating from Batholomew’s DVPT Casino was a respondent of a DV Protection Order (the KingCo Commissioner ordered Casino to attend DVPT and DV Dads, likely she did not bother to look and see that this perp had just finished DVPT and was only a couple months away from completing DV Dads), was cited for driving with a suspended license, and of course failed to pay his court ordered victim restitution, all of this plus more went un-detected by the DOC.

Casino is in Jail now awaiting a DOC hearing, but after hearing this story Martin has hijacked the matter and is devoting County resources to bring Casino in front of a Superior Court Judge, allowing DOC to skirt any accountability for their failures. Martin is now victimizing the citizens of King County by doing this.

Mr. Martin can you explain why a years old case is more important than the victim of Jennifer Kolone? Clearly the abuses committed by Casino can be blamed on DOC employees CCO Margaret Alquist and CCO Justin Tuttle, Doug Bartholomew LMHC DVPT, and Mark Adams / Wellspring who was providing the DV Dads treatment (whatever this is) this is DOC misconduct here they should pay to fix their mess. While I understand their case loads may be high but if you can’t handle your jobs Magaret and Justin quit and stop taking the gravy state salary for doing nothing.

Assault of a woman-DV, almost cutting a mans Ball’s off- DV but only if the KCPAO has no choice but to call it that. Martin how much one on one time have you spent with Kolone’s victim? (remember that Oath of Office you took, and the part about the Consituition- equal protection under the law) no need to answer PDR’s will be going out.

Awards-
Bloody Hands- David Martin King County Prosecuting Attorney Office david.martin@kingcounty.gov
Bloody Hands- DOC CCO Margaret Alquist mkalquist@doc1.wa.gov
Bloody Hands- DOC CCO Justin Tuttle jatuttle@doc1.wa.gov
Bloody hands- Doug Bartholomew LMHC DVPT (425) 635-0188 doug@doug-bartholomew.comcastbiz.net
Bloody Hands- Mark Adams Wellspring FS DV Dads (206) 826-3049 madams@wellspringfs.org

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