By Pat Warren

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Putting technology to work for the benefit of domestic violence victims — a law passed by the Maryland’s General Assembly this week authorizes the use of GPS tracking devices for abusers.

WJZ’s Pat Warren reports, the family of a domestic violence victim made this a personal crusade.

The law is named after the Prince George’s County woman who’s ex-boyfriend broke into her house and slashed her throat even after she requested a restraining order against him.

Maryland’s General Assembly turned to technology to help do what people cannot — monitor the location of domestic violence abusers under restraining orders to help protect victims like Amber Shinault.

“Other innocent people are being exposed to danger all the time,” says Amber’s mother, Angela Zarcone. “Masses of people can be protected.”

Zarcone helped convince lawmakers to empower victims in this way.

“It took a small Army but we believed in it, we were passionate, and we know that this will make a difference,” said Zarcone.

Under Amber’s Law, domestic violence victims have the option to request authorities to strap GPS ankle bracelets on their abusers, and be able to track it with an app. If the offender violates the stay-away zone, they can alert police.

It’s now up to Governor Larry Hogan to decide whether to sign the bill.

It has been five years since Amber was murdered, her killer is serving life in prison.

The Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence reports 55 domestic-related deaths between July 2015 and June 2016.

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  1. Ronald Chalk says:

    Maybe if she didn’t break the law, she would not have had to go to jail. And because she was released from a hospital a couple of days ago, doesn’t mean she was going to die if she went to jail. If she was that sick the hospital would not have let her go home. So what did she do at the house before she went to jail. The 2 officers who let her get her hair braided should be fired for just being stupid by letting her get her hair braided. If anything the lady should have been in the back seat of the patrol car, until the transport vehicle arrived.