Roundup: Kansas AG Says Faltering Economy to Blame for Uptick in Domestic Violence


Kansas AG Blames Economy for Uptick in Domestic Violence
Kansas Attorney General Steven Six recently claimed that "the recession is fueling an increase in domestic violence," the Wichita Eagle
reports.  ""A tough economy tends to increase stress on families and
unfortunately, that often leads to violence," Six said.  The Wichita
YWCA has seen a 70% increase in women and children needing shelter from
abuse specifically. 

Unemployment especially worsens the problem, particularly among
those men who are already prone to abusive behavior and drinking, [Wichita YWCA executive director Chryle Nofsinger-Wiens] said.

By itself, unemployment doesn’t cause abuse,  Nofsinger-Wiens said.

 

North Carolina House Passes Sex Ed Bill

The North Carolina House approved a bill that would allow parents to choose the sexuality education their children receive:
an abstinence-only program or a more comprehensive option with
information about contraception.  Parents could also choose not to
expose their children to any sex ed, WSOCTV.com reports.  "The abstinence until marriage curriculum is the current offering in
most school districts. A handful of systems offer a program that
teaches about contraception. The bill would require all systems to
offer both tracks."  The measure heads next to the Senate.

Undercover at a Crisis Pregnancy Center

For the Pasadena Weekly, Tina Dupuy went undercover to a Los Angeles County crisis pregnancy center after a friend of hers, who went to the CPC for a pregnancy test and left after volunteers tried to "save" her. 

Avenues is a California primary clinic, fully licensed and accredited
by the state. So exactly what kind of medical facility lures women with
the promise of free pregnancy tests and leaves them fearing eternal
damnation?

Even before she was given a pregnancy test, Dupuy reports, CPC staff told her an ultrasound would be necessary to test whether her fetus was viable — and moments later she signed a release form stating that the ultrasound wouldn’t give her medical information.

Other nuggets?

In the backroom, Melissa tells me about all the reasons I should never
have intercourse. “Every woman, when she has sex, gives away a little
piece of her heart,” she says, then hands me a fistful of abstinence
literature…

“True love,” it says, “protects 100 percent of the time.”

 

From "Pro-Life Feminist to Pro-Choice Mama"

On EcoChildsPlay.com, Cate Nelson has a thoughtful piece on shifting her beliefs from "pro-life feminist to pro-choice mama" during the time of her pregnancy with her first child.  She writes,

I felt Little L move very early for a first pregnancy (12 weeks). I
am thankful for him every day. I was thankful for him every day that I
was a single mom, too. No matter how I struggled at times. But Little L
and I had incredible people in our lives. People who babysat for free
so I could work. People who bought us loads of clothes or sent us Whole
Foods gift cards. People who thought about what we needed and gave and
gave and gave, without us ever asking.

Most women—most poor families—do not have that.
How can we ask women to stay safe, protect the children they have, and
leave a bad relationship without support? How can policymakers
simultaneously rail against abortion while cutting funding for food
stamps or TANF or proposing “welfare reform”?

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  • invalid-0

    Oh this is pathetic. Something has to be done about this. What is wrong with this picture! Men wonder why marriages are falling apart or why women do not want to get married gee let me think…..

  • http://www.randijames.com invalid-0

    Blame it on the economy, eh?…not the violent behaviors and attitudes that are prevalent in men, and a society that finds this acceptable and non-punishable. The media is so sloppy.

    I have the answer for all the pathetic people who whine about why women initiate more divorce (as evidence of why the legal system is just oh so friendly to women):

    http://www.randijames.com/2009/03/women-initiate-more-divorces.html

  • harry834

    We need to know the difference between explaining a behavior and excusing it. Explaining means talking about the factors which contribute as a cause. This is based on data and says nothing as to who/what deserves blame, who doesn’t, how much blame, etc. The questions of blame are important though, but they are answered by our moral evaluations, and we all champion the moral assessment that domestic violence perpetrators are at fault for their own behavior, not victims at all, and no defense they can articulate can alter that proper placement of blame that we as a society must enforce through legal and cultural influence.

    But, we also need to know when conditions will make these monsters worse. Batterers are not hitting all the time. When they are in a good mood, they can be act as loving as anyone to their spouse/partner/children. The victim should still get out of there.

    But we need to know when the storm is coming, and knowing contributors like bad economy is one of them.

    A personal point: I read the article and I’m wondering about an implied idea that “stress” will initiate violence (as opposed to increasing violence/activiating threat of violence that was already there). Can a home that was never abusive in any way turn abusive by perceived and real fears of economy? If something were to start from nothing, then surely verbal abuse would start first. In these cases, it might stay at verbal abuse and not progress beyond that point. I still think these are ugly abusive and wrong situations, but people are tempted to tolerate because “it’s just words, and it’s a stressful time”. How much verbal fighting can be tolerated because it’s a stressful time? I imagine some maybe should be tolerated, but…

    The violence that comes in economically stressed homes is likely caused by factors – men’s attitudes, community/society condoning and ignoring – that existed before the economic stress. The stress just increased the intensity of what was there.

  • harry834

    my words from above: "I imagine some maybe should be tolerated, but…"

     

    obviously this is a troublesome, bothersome, suspicious statement I made. I’m not sure it can or should even be listened to. I was only alluding to a possibility where a non-abusive family starts arguing more when economic stress comes. In that situation, some words may have to be tolerated. The question is (and I’m not the expert on this) when does this non-abusive fighting turn into real abuse (even if its only verbal)?

    Should the potential abuser be counseled in a way that could help them from crossing over?

  • harry834

    I liked it. It told important truths. It needs to be brought up whenever anyone complains about women divorcing.

    "take one for the team, for the kids" – great line. Wrong, wrong, wrong nature of abuse and society’s tolerance for it.

  • harry834

    "Should the potential abuser be counseled in a way that could help them from crossing over?"

    This statement is highly problematic. The phrase "potential abuser" is too vague.

     

  • http://www.randijames.com invalid-0

    How would you like to rephrase your words?

    And I hear everything else that you commented on. Attitudes need to change. We may not be able to change the economy (on an individual level), but we can change our attitudes. This is a free service…LOL.

  • harry834

    One of the blessings of social justice is that we are not confined to demanding things from law and public funds alone, even though these are important.

    Andrew Sullivan once said, "People have more power than they realize"

  • http://www.randijames.com invalid-0

    http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/04/18-8

    great stuff from it

    It may be strangely comforting to see the problem of mass shootings as a psychological one. If the problem stems from psychopathology, then we don’t have to look critically at our culture of manhood or at how our society concentrates power in a few hands. Certainly, men suffering from depression and excessive anger may benefit from support and therapy. But therapy will never solve our collective violence problem.

    If we understand the problem in cultural terms, we can see that the dangers go beyond being the victim of a “random” shooting…

  • http://www.hotbankrepolist.com invalid-0

    “A personal point: I read the article and I’m wondering about an implied idea that “stress” will initiate violence as opposed to increasing violence/activiating threat of violence that was already there”