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KILLINGS: Educate readers about domestic violence

Letter by Joanna Monroe, Fircrest on Aug. 31, 2012 at 11:09 am with 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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  1. Pacman33 says:

    “It was an act of domestic violence, plain and simple.”

    “Plain and simple” would be:
    This was an act of Violence.

    I think the TNT, along with many others, are slowly beginning to see DV for what it is; Violence. They are realizing there are just some individuals who happen to be violent, for a long list of different reasons. Inasmuch, common sense tells them that violent people are likely going to harm those around them and if they didn’t have families to abuse, it would be the next closest people that would end up being victims of their violence.

    All of the distortion and hype from the media and political left has ingrained this notion in us that there is some transcendental distinction between Domestic Violence and Other Violence. This disconnect must have some impact on how many avoidable tragedies have instead, come to be realized, despite the warning flags. Often we hear: “He/she wasn’t abusive/violent before we got married and/or started a family, except that one incident with his brother a few years ago. Maybe a couple bar fights and that time he was sent home from work early for a scuffle. He might have kicked the dog also and ….. ”

    Thanks to this status we have slapped on violence at home, many victims find themselves ‘trapped’ or ‘without escape’ in abusive relationships by the time they realize the danger they are in. Not all, but many of these victims could avoid this dispicable violence inflicted upon them if we could only find a way to set the political and dramatic bent aside in the DV conversation. If replaced with simple logic and common sense, victims could associate and identify general violent tendncies in a possible future spouse. They would at least have a chance to avoid entering the relationship that might cost them their lives.

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