Aim should have been taken long before now.
Yes i agree this should have been dealed with along time ago. But this double standard rules should apply to all,Not just the ones that dont have the money,but the ones with money or work for law inforcement officers that just get a slap on the wrist. We all know who im talking about huh?
How many times does this article emphasize that domestic violence is not the victim's fault? Are there really people who believe that it IS the victim's fault? I can see that the abuser might be screwed up enough to think that, but no one else would, I'd hope.
Chef- you would be surprised at the people out there who think it was probably the victims fault.
In too many cases the "victim" believes it was the "victim's" fault.
Why else would Reyana(sp) be going back to Brown's bed?
It is good to know that some Tennessee counties, like Rutherford and Montgomery, are making efforts to deter domestic violence. Most people don't even realize that domestic violence is at epidemic levels all across these United States. Every single year, over 4 Million women suffer from sexual, physical, or emotional abuse from their partners. To make this an even more tragic statistic, children are watching their mothers being beaten and oftentimes murdered.
Our state laws, for the most part, are fundamentally weak. Most often, these laws don't even address domestic violence specifically, but throw this crime in with all the other assault statutes. Most state laws give too much responsibility to the officer responding to a domestic violence call. If a woman calls the police and states that she has been raped, beaten or threatened, the accused should be arrested. It should not be left up to the responding officer as to whether or not an arrest should be made.
Many women are scared of their partners, but many are equally scared of those who have been sworn to protect them. An abuser who has been arrested on a domestic violence charge should not be immediately released on bail. There must be a minimum holding period to allow the victims to make arrangements for change in their lives and an hour or two is not enough time. Statistics show that domestic violence is the most underreported crime. Many women don't call the police because they fear their abusers more than they trust law enforcement personnel to protect them.
As co-founder of "Life's New Beginnings", a non-profit organization established for the sole purpose of increasing public awareness of domestic violence, I consider it a personal challenge to spread the word about domestic violence and help people understand what to do and not to do if they know someone who is living in a violent or abusive relationship. Until we understand just what domestic violence is and how to deal with this tragedy, we will never bring it under control.
No woman should ever have to suffer physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, especially in her own home, period.
I think Oprah said it best, "if he hit you once, he will hit you again."
Run in the other direction as fast as you can!