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The Never Again Foundation is taking action to prevent yet a second tragedy for families who have lost a loved one to domestic violence.
Perhaps the greatest tragedy is learning that a loved one was murdered by domestic violence. Too often, however, these same families are later shocked to learn that the killer was somehow inexplicably allowed to financially profit from the murder.
In domestic violence deaths, the killer is usually the spouse, lover, or family member of the victim. As a result, the killer is often in the best position to know private financial information, including bank accounts, life insurance policies, and other assets of the victim.
While the rest of the family is grieving, the killer may attempt to profit from the crime. Even if the killer has already been caught and is in jail, the killer may drain the assets by mail, phone, or acquaintances. Once the killer obtains the assets, it is nearly impossible to ever get the assets back, since the killer will usually spend or hide them.
Some states have enacted laws that demand that killers are to be disinherited and cannot profit from their crime. However, to many people’s surprise, this is not part of the criminal justice system. Rather, it is part of the civil justice system, and too often the families are not informed that they must also enforce the civil law until it is too late. Once families learn that the killer profited from the death of their loved one, they feel as if a second tragedy and injustice has been suffered at the hands of the killer.
The Never Again Foundation is a nonprofit charity that provides legal assistance to families of victims killed by domestic violence. Its nonprofit mission is to prevent all killers from financially profiting from causing death, and instead fight to have the assets go to the rightful and appropriate family members of the victim. No other governmental or nonprofit agency provides this critical legal service.