Monday, January 01, 2007

Domestic violence has dropped by about 50% over the last 10 years. That's a good sign. Domestic violence is overwhelmingly a crime committed by men against women. It often involves alcohol use. Filing cases for the district attorney always exposes you to many abuse cases. Most involved drunk men. Some were paranoid and believed their wives were messing around. Others just were controlling and angry and punished their wives for doing anything they did not want them to do. One man beat his wife because she stopped at the local convenience store and bought milk on credit because she had no money. Obviously, the problem is in the man, not the woman. Publicity, punishment and societal disapproval seem to have worked to a great extent to reduce this crime. Now, if we could change the men themselves, we could eliminate it.

But, you know how hard it is to change.
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