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KILLINGS: Educate readers about domestic violence

Letter by Joanna Monroe, Fircrest on Aug. 31, 2012 at 11:09 am | 1 Comment »
August 31, 2012 1:24 pm

Re: “Spanaway man pleads not guilty in deaths” (TNT, 8-31).

The tragedy of the Holmes’ murders is made worse by the coverage as The News Tribune misses another opportunity to inform. This was not, as reported, a “dispute” or “slaying.” It was an act of domestic violence, plain and simple.

The TNT should use these all- too-common tragedies to educate the public. By consistently using the label “domestic violence” to describe these acts, readers will come to understand that this is a pervasive problem that has a devastating impact on our community.

Imagine the lives that could be saved by reminding readers that there are agencies, like the YWCA of Pierce County, that stand ready to offer victims shelter, legal services and therapy.

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