September 18, 2003

Daily DV

A friend of mine spent last night with a friend and her children. This woman had been beaten by her husband and was alongside the road with her kids.

My friend stopped and offered what he could: clothes (they were in nightgowns) and comfort.

In the middle of the night, the drunk father came home and started his rampage, leaving his wife battered, without shelter for herself or her children.

I can see the whole picture right now in my head. Not from my own experience, but from books and movies that I have seen. And it isn't pretty.

Why does this still go on? Why am I so lucky to have not endured such things? I do not have an answer, but I do want to speak out for the woman and her children: domestic violence will not be tolerated--there is hope.

I have seen the bruises, the scars, and what I have seen has hardened me; I will not trust easily. And she won't either.

Before you take that drink, I implore you...think about the effects of your actions. Everything is not about you, your wants, your needs. Others are affected. Just remember someday that person on the side of the road could be your wife, husband, best friend, or lost love.

Some websites for help:
http://www.ncadv.org/
http://www.dvsheltertour.org/
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/vawo/

Posted by Amanda Cochran at September 18, 2003 1:48 PM
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I have a friend I go dancing with, she married a man two years ago, even though all of her friends told her not to; and she even thought it was a mistake. Two years later he broke her nose and she had to wear braces in on her teeth.

So I hope she has learned her lesson. I worry that she will make the same mistake again (after all, that was her 4th marriage...)

Posted by: Paige at September 18, 2003 7:00 PM

Amanda, I hope you'll consider sharing this at the upcoming drugs & alcohol meeting that Michelle mentioned in STW class.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at September 19, 2003 3:35 AM

Ha! I see why you said I shouldn't read your blogs lol. Obviously I didn't listen. I don't really care that you wrote about it though.

Later,
Ian

Posted by: Ian Legeion at September 19, 2003 4:19 AM
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