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Parents of Crystal Judson Brame receive accolades
22 December 2005

Lane and Patty Judson remained true to a promise they made their daughter on her deathbed to help protect other women from domestic violence. She was murdered in April 2003 by her husband, chief of Tacoma’s police department.

On Thursday, 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.

Over the weekend, the Senate and House passed the Crystal Judson Brame Domestic Violence Protocol Program as part of legislation to extend the 1994 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Authored by U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee and supported by other members of the Washington state congressional delegation, the measure makes funds available to law enforcement agencies under the so-call STOP, or Special Training Officers and Prosecutors, grant program to implement agency policies on domestic violence, sexual assault and other serious crimes committed by their employees and provide trained advocates for such victims. It is expected to be signed into law before the end of this year.

“It’s a feat to move legislation through the lawmaking process,” said Inslee when he presented the Judson’s with an official copy of the measure named after their daughter at a meeting in downtown Tacoma on Thursday. “The Judsons have done the impossible by affecting change at the federal and state level,” he continued, referring to a law enacted in March 2004, which requires Washington state police agencies to adopt specific policies for dealing with domestic violence committed by employees.

"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,” Lane Judson commented. “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.”

In addition to Inslee, Grace Huang, public policy coordinator at the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Colleen Wilson, chief of police at the Sumner Police Department and representative of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs discussed the importance of the new federal grant program. U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, who helped secure federal funds along with U.S. Sen. Patty Murray for the newly opened Crystal Judson Family Center in Tacoma, also spoke at the event.





Judsons honored for efforts to fight domestic violence
Legislation, Justice Center are result of a promise parents made to their daughter
Peninsula Gateway, Gig Harbor Washington
Callie White
December 28, 2005
When Crystal Judson Brame was shot almost three years ago in a Gig Harbor parking lot, her parents made a promise to her on her deathbed that they would do everything in their power to prevent another woman from ending up like her.
Now that the U.S. Congress has passed the Crystal Judson Brame Domestic Violence Protocol Program, part of legislation that extends the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, the Judsons are beginning to understand just how much power there was in that promise.
“It’s hard to believe it’s really happened,” Patti Judson said. She said she and her husband, Lane, watched C-SPAN as Congress passed the legislation that bears their daughter’s name.
Now the Judsons have been honored for their tireless efforts to make women who are being abused by law enforcement officials safer. U.S. Reps. Jay Inslee and Norm Dicks were on hand last Thursday to present a special Congressional certificate of recognition to the Judsons.
The protocol program Inslee, Dicks and other Washington state legislators inserted into the VAWA will make federal grants available to law enforcement agencies for training to deal with domestic violence and sexual harassment committed by their own employees. The monies will also fund positions for advocates for victims of domestic violence. Those positions will bear Crystal Judson Brame’s name in their titles.
“Lane and Patti’s efforts are what made the difference,” Inslee said. “Their incredible diligence, their perseverance and dedication to their daughter was supremely effective.”
The Judsons began their campaign with phone calls to their local and federal legislators. When Sen. Patty Murray returned their phone call two days after Crystal’s funeral, Lane Judson said, “That inspired me to keep going.”
The Judsons became aware that in order to enact the kinds of changes they envisioned, they needed grassroots action, and they began a letter-writing campaign.
“Not only people from the Puget Sound area signed those letters,” Lane Judson said. “People wrote from Hawaii, Oregon, Arizona, Texas, Alaska.”
A representative from Sen. Maria Cantwell’s office testified to the effectiveness of the letters — her office branch received more than 2,500, he said, and many more arrived at Cantwell’s offices — a volume of mail the first-term senator had never seen before.
The Judsons initially wanted to make domestic violence training tied to access to weapons and supplies, but security concerns trumped that possibility.
Domestic violence of course, is a national, not a regional problem. The Centers for Disease Control estimates 5.3 million Americans are victims of domestic violence each year, the majority of them women.

“This is an American scourge,” Inslee said. “It cannot be solved in the privacy of our own homes.”
Now the Tacoma area, which has been scarred by the events of April 2003, is a leader in ending the problem, Inslee said. The Crystal Judson Brame Family Justice Center in Tacoma, which opened Dec. 12, will be the primary locus of that change.
Haley Judson (the name she now goes by), who turned 11 just two days after the ceremony, said the legislation had particular importance to her.
“It means a lot to me because my mom had to go through a lot,” she said. “Other women — and men — shouldn’t go through this; this will let them know they’re not alone, we’ll always be there for them.”
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