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La Crosse judge testifies in DC on violence against women



Judge Ramona Gonzalez presides at a recent court hearing in La Crosse
The senior judge of La Crosse County court was a witness for a change on Thursday…not in court, but at a Congressional hearing in Washington. 
Judge Ramona Gonzalez was one of four women called before a House subcommittee on crime to talk about domestic violence and similar threats to public safety. 
“It is really a great hope that we will end this violence,” Gonzalez told the panel, “but it will not happen unless we open our hearts and our minds to understand that it is not just those who die, who lose their lives to this violence that are important, but it is those that must keep on living. 
Gonzalez is the president-elect of a national council of family court judges. 
She was one of four women called to speak to the Congressional panel on the need to continue a Violence Against Women Act, passed in 1994. 
The law expired late last year during the federal government shutdown. 

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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