Domestic violence society’s problem

 

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the issue is critical, as stated by Columba Bush in her Oct. 13 Other Views article, One way to help victims. Women and children nationwide are plagued by this homemade horror. Sadly, Bush isn’t as serious as she would like us to believe. If she were, she wouldn’t be so quick to say that women need “less dependence upon government.” If given a choice, I doubt they would chose dependence on government anymore than dependence on an abuser.

What victims need is not to be characterized as such, but as women who can be empowered through well-funded, wisely operated governmental agencies staffed with educated, trained counselors, not simply volunteers, low-paid employees or unpaid interns.

Domestic violence is a complex societal problem requiring more than charity, silent auctions and thrift stores. We should shout and cry that so many families must flee in the night for what is only short-term protection, which has proven deadly when it ends. Only then will women get what they need, not temporary shelter but safety in their own homes — or assistance in establishing a home without dependence on an abuser or long-term government aid.

Bonita Eiden, Plantation

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