It's like the old saying "love is blind."
"Amy" is a survivor of domestic violence.
She said her heart took control of her mind, leaving her with wounds, so deep. "It all started off real sweet such as the honeymoon stage anything anyone can experience when you first fall in love," Amy said. After three months into the marriage---the abuse began.
She endured three years of verbal, mental and physical abuse.
"I refused to believe what I was seeing and kept on as anyone else would, as forgiving, forgetting and continuing with the relationship," Amy said. State Representative Trey Martinez Fisher of San Antonio is proposing a new bill (House Bill 100) that calls for creating a domestic violence registry. If passed, any individual convicted of domestic violence at least three times would be required to register as a repeat offender.
It TMs similar to the sex offender registry.
It would be open to the public and include names, birthdates and recent pictures of the offenders.
George Garrett is against the idea.
"That was then and there's always two sides to a story," Garrett said.
Garrett said he is strictly against any type of database.
He believes it TMs an invasion of privacy.
Oralia Jaure an Educator at the Family Crisis Center in Harlingen said she believes it TMs a great thing. "It would benefit everyone it would be something that is equal like i said it TMs like a dating service you want to find out someone you want to spend the rest of your life with you want take precautions and make sure this person is someone is safe to live with the rest of your life," Oralia Jaure said.
Amy said that now that she is going back to dating, it TMs better to know before you enter the relationship, that not knowing at all.
House bill 100 comes with controversy. Some claim it would reveal the victim TMs identity. Others claim it could put the offender in danger.