Wednesday, March 12, 2014
The Thurman v. City of Torrington case is an example of how wrong things can go when there is domestic violence involved. The case was tragic and the outcome senseless because the city of Torrington refused to do their job. As members of society we should be entitled to protection under the law from all different types of crime and violence. Domestic violence should not be excluded from the crimes that we are protected from, it is a fact that domestic violence is common among husbands and wives and that the abuser is not always the husband. There are cases showing that wives abuse their husbands also only this is mainly mental abuse and not as much physical abuse. Victims of domestic violence are traumatized beyond anything that we can imagine, they are beat down both mentally and physically so much that they believe they have no self-worth and that everyone sees them as worthless and no good.
The abuser uses mind control as well as physical abuse to control their victims, and often times the victims are more than just the spouse. Children are often victims of domestic violence as well; control is the driving force behind the abuse whether it is mental or physical.
“In 1984, a report published by the United States Attorney General’s Task Force on Family Violence recommended that arrest be the preferred policy in dealing with domestic violence incidents.” (Police Response to Spouse Abuse) Further studies show that arrest proved far more effective in curtailing repeat offenses of the spouse abuse than did advice or separation. Victims of spousal abuse are far too often molded into a meek person with little or no self-esteem which gives the abuser total control over the victim. The abuse can start as mental and progress to the physical stage over a period of time. The mental abuse and the fear of retaliation often is what keeps the victims from reporting the crimes and staying with the offender which in turn gives him/her more...