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Domestic violence offenders abuse security intelligence clearance

People in high ranking positions often bring their refined career skills into their personal relationships. For some Wisconsin residents, it may be hard to separate an intense and stressful work environment from their home life. In some situations, advanced skill sets can give an individual an advantage in life. However, these skills are not always used for good purposes.

Multiple instances of domestic violence involving high security intelligence have been brought to the attention of enforcement officials, although it is hard to track the exact number of incidences that occur. Domestic violence offenders use a variety of means to gain access into their spouses or partner’s personal life. Not only can they bug their cellphones and gain access to all calls and text messages, but they can also hack into work and home computers.

According to several social service agencies in the Washington area, nearly one million workers with security-credentials have been implicated in domestic violence cases. These officials include intelligence operatives, federal workers, government contractors and military personnel. The application process used to gain security clearance has become more intense. As of 2010, applicants must disclose whether they have any domestic violence charges or have had a protective order placed on them in the past.

A domestic violence charge can affect all aspects of a person’s life. Not only does it make it challenging to find employment, but it can make it difficult to obtain financial assistance as well. In some states, those charged with domestic violence cannot carry a firearm or apply for certain professional licenses. A reputable criminal defense attorney may help by providing vital legal assistance to those facing domestic violence charges.

Source: The Washington Post, “For domestic violence victims, abusers’ security clearances add an extra layer of fear," Caitlin Gibson, May 17, 2014. 

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