• staceylh2

    I appreciate any action that helps raise awareness of domestic violence and refers those being abused to services. However, options for individuals and families struggling with abuse have completely inadequate resources everywhere. We need to stop treating the symptoms of violence and start addressing the causes. The perpetrators of violence – who are both men and women – are acting out of their own pain, dysfunctional coping mechanisms and unmet needs. I am not excusing violence, but only treating the victims will never stop the violence. Once we stop addressing the problem only through victimology and look at the structural, societal and personal causes of violence in a holistic manner will we truly make an impact. Domestic violence is a complex problem that costs society billions of dollars and damages us all. We should treat the domestic violence with the seriousness it deserves and stop band-aiding a gaping wound.