While I would like to congratulate The Bee on taking interest in domestic-violence issues, I’d also like to emphasize the importance of taking action and educating the public.
A majority of the time, people would like to think that domestic violence remains at home and is more of a private matter. Many stories about domestic violence aren’t just about domestic violence but also include the point of murder.
The public, including the police force, needs to realize that when domestic violence issues appear, the victims are in grave danger as well as the public. For example, when in a home of domestic violence, those children potentially witnessing it are six times more likely to grow up to be adults in violent relationships. This becomes a long-term consequence for society, because the chain never stops.
I encourage you to not only publish those domestic violence issues that lead to murder, but any type of domestic violence issues, so the public knows just who or how much danger someone may be in. I also encourage you to supply more information on help lines so victims in potential danger can reach out to them instead of just the police.
Candy Padua, Fresno