Stand Your Ground decision infuriates local victim of domestic violence

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. - Jacksonville  Stand Your Ground decision infuriates local victim of domestic violence.

Paula Bowe says her daughter, Tonya Raines of Riviera Beach suffered abuse at the hand of an ex-boyfriend.

"An iron you iron your clothes with, he hit her in the head with it. Then beat her with a broom," said Bowe, of her daughter.

One day in 2007, Bowe says her daughter, Tonya Raines, stared down the barrel of a gun.

"The police say they saw three shots, in the car," said Bowe.

Raines was killed. Her ex-boyfriend killed himself.

"It was murder-suicide," said Bowe.

Bowe is disturbed by a recent decision by a judge in Jacksonville, denying a Stand Your Ground defense to a woman who fired a gun near her abusive boyfriend. 

She didn't hit him, yet faces twenty years behind bars.

Bowe ask why the Stand Your Ground law didn't defend an abuse victim.

"What defense does a woman have, if she doesn't have Stand Your Ground?" She said.

Monday night  at the Cathedral Church of God in Deerfield Beach, that question, and dozens of others, were asked at a town hall meeting whose goal was to promote understanding of the Stand Your Ground law.

"You see and read about different cases, when it was applied, when it wasn't applied. I just think the way it's written provides for some confusion," said Broward County DA Michael Satz.

As a state task force studies the law and prepares to make recommendations, Bowe wants provisions in the law that give additional protection to victims of domestic violence.

"Some women I think feel like they're stuck, they have nowhere to turn," said Bowe.

Broward DA Michael Satz says he is hopeful that the Stand Your Ground commission will consider all sides of this debate.

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