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DOMESTIC ABUSE: System works against men

Letter by Alison Lorraine Whiteman, Tacoma on July 19, 2010 at 10:53 am | 11 Comments »
July 20, 2010 8:56 am

Re: “Tacoma employee’s role in custody battle leads to ethics case” (TNT, 7-11).

The story of domestic violence advocate Gloria China Fortson is all too common. As someone who has taken police reports as a reporter from Colorado Springs to Eatonville to Tacoma, I know domestic violence perpetrated against men is not uncommon, but it is underreported.

As serious as outright violence directed at men are crimes that are more conniving. These include financial exploitation, the taking of one’s children, nasty custody battles that almost always favor women, high spousal maintenance support awards and costly child support payments.

The resources in this city are for women, not men. Men have nowhere to go except to private pay attorneys.

Not all stories of alleged battering and abuse are true, and this appears to be the case in the Keisha Jackson case. It will take a reversal of the David Brame incident, perhaps the murder of a man, to result in services for men in Tacoma.

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