The term “domestic violence” has always angered me. It sounds like something kind of tame, domesticated, something that isn’t as serious as just plain old violence. Well folks, it is just as serious, and in fact, it is far more serious – and deadly – to those it affects. Women. And children.
Just because an attempt on our life comes at the hands of someone we know, someone we had been in a relationship with (before we found out what s psycho they were), or someone we had even been married to, it is still attempted murder. M U R D E R
Bettyjean’s daughters were both targets of murder attempts by the same man – someone they knew. He served three months for the first attack. Three months! What the hell kind of punishment befitting the crime is THAT?
Now that same man has shot her sister.
When a woman is savaged attacked with a hammer in her own home, she is not “battered”. She is the victim of ATTEMPTED MURDER. When another family member is shot by this man it is ATTEMPTED MURDER.
We must call these things what they are and deal with them as we deal with crimes against strangers.
Murder means take the life of another human being.
Attempted murder means an attack that could have taken the life of another human being.
Let’s get real:
- 85-95% of all domestic violence victims are female.
- Over 500,00 women are stalked by an intimate partner each year.
- 5.3 million women are abused each year.
- 1,232 women are killed each year by an intimate partner.
- Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women.
- Women are more likely to be attacked by someone they know rather than by a stranger.
It is past time for us to deal harshly with men who perpetuate these crimes. Stop calling it by a tame name. Call it what it is. Arrest them and treat them like the assailants and murderers they are.
Teach your male children that violence against ANYONE is wrong, and especially against women and children. Men need to let other men know that this behavior is heinous and disgusting.
I pray for Dee, Louisa, Bettyjean, and the rest of the family.
Statistics from American Institute on Domestic Violence.
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