Federal legislation passed:

The Crystal Judson


Domestic Violence Protocol Program

Lane and Patty Judson initiated a letter writing campaign and citizens from all over the United States sent 12,500 signed letters to our legislators. Led by U.S. Congressman Jay Inslee, the Washington State Congress Members & Senators succeeded in attaining an amendment to The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

That amendment - The Crystal Judson Domestic Violence Protocol Program - now provides access to the $187.3 Million dollars in Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Stop Grant funds available to law enforcement agencies to use in training their officers in the area of domestic violence.

...The Judson's were recognized for the integral role they played in creating the first federal grant program specifically to address cases of domestic violence committed by law enforcement officials... "It's a feat to move legislation through the lawmaking process," said [U.S. Congressman Jay] Inslee when he presented the Judson's with an official copy of the measure named after their daughter...     (Article)




President Bush signing the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 in the Oval Office on January 5th, 2006, in Washington. From left are Rep. Mark Green, R- Wisc., first lady Laura Bush, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R- Utah, Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R- Wisc., Bush, Rep. Richard Larsen, D-Wash., and Rep. Hilda Solis, D-Calif.

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"...To provide funding to law enforcement agencies, nonprofit nongovernmental victim services providers, and State, tribal, territorial, and local governments, (which funding stream shall be known as the Crystal Judson Domestic Violence Protocol Program)..."     (Text of the grant, here)






Washington State U.S. Congressman Jay Inslee addressing the United States House of Representatives on office-involved domestic violence - December 17th, 2005.

"...Congress today took steps to address these circumstances and, for the first time in the country's history, included a grant program in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act to help law enforcement agencies develop procedures for dealing with domestic crimes committed by their own employees as well as train special advocates to assist victims like Crystal and her family..."

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..."The children just couldn't believe it - to hear their mama's name brought up on the floor of the U.S. House," Judson recalled...



From Representative Jay Inslee

Brame tragedy spurs federal domestic-violence program

17 December 2005



The tragic case of Crystal Judson Brame, a Tacoma woman murdered by her police chief husband in April 2003, was the impetus behind a ground-breaking domestic violence grant program that was approved by the Senate and House. It's the first time the federal government specifically has addressed the sensitive issue of domestic violence committed by law-enforcement officials.

Penned by U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee and supported by other members of Washington state's congressional delegation, the program named after Brame provides federal grants for law enforcement agencies to implement procedures for dealing with domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and other serious crimes committed by their employees and helping victims of such offenses. Recipients would work in collaboration with local government and domestic violence advocacy groups to establish their procedures.

"Mr. Judson was right - it is difficult to move the slow machine of the lawmaking process," said Inslee, who has championed the issue since Lane Judson, Brame's father, contacted members of Congress about raising awareness of his daughter's case among law enforcement agencies nationwide. "This program is a testament to persistence, hard work and a commitment to helping prevent cases like Crystal's from happening again."

After learning a grant program in his daughter's name was approved, Judson remarked, "Federal legislation such as this can only be viewed as a positive approach to encourage and motivate law enforcement agencies nationwide to address domestic violence.

"In the state of Washington, law enforcement agencies already have this type of policy implemented under State Bill 6161. I hope that every state nationwide utilizes this opportunity to become the best of the best."

A range of law enforcement and domestic violence advocacy groups, including the Washington Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs and the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, have been supportive of efforts by Inslee, along with U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, U.S. Reps. Norm Dicks, Dave Reichert and Adam Smith, to address complexities of cases like Brame's.

"The Crystal Judson Brame Domestic Violence Protocol Program will create a coordinated response to ensure victims of domestic violence perpetrated by law enforcement officers are able to access services and perpetrators are held accountable for their crimes," said Lynn Rosenthal, president of the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

It will be included in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), as a new Special Training Officers and Prosecutors (STOP) grant. These federal grants are funded under VAWA to help criminal justice agencies better respond to violent crimes against women. Annual funding for all STOP grants currently is $187.3 million.

"Law-enforcement agencies in Washington state already are responding to Crystal's tragedy, and I hope they can use these new grants to continue to lead the nation on the issue," added Inslee.

Language establishing the Brame grant program was included in a bill that continues VAWA, which originally was passed in 1994 and extended in 2000. It requires this so-called reauthorization because it is set to expire about every five years. The bill only will need the president's signature to become law.