6 part Blog Series The Supporter’s Gap: Why Domestic Violence is your Problem part 2
Domestic Violence Not A Home Issue; It Bleeds onto Society!
Let's start here.
Ripped from HEADLINE NEWS:
30 Dead in 13 hours
Dayton, Ohio, Shooting 25 down in 2 days
Virginia Beach: 12 killed after city worker opens fire at Colleagues
Texas Shooting Rampage Leaves Several Dead
Boy Kills Four and Wounds one in Utah’s Works Mass Shooting since 2007
Let's start here. The first blog talked about how 1 in 4 women have been in abuse and that 87,000 women are killed each year. We learned how high those numbers are. We learned that it is the most preventable death in the world.
Now let's look at what is happening in the Headline News! What is happening here? Reread those headlines! What? Mass Shootings? I thought we were talking about Domestic Violence. Well, here are the latest statistics.
All Mass shootings in the United States have one thing in common: Domestic Violence!1
What? Yes!! Domestic Violence!
The attackers were motivated by personal grievances and retaliating for various things like bullying, family matters, and Domestic Violence. All the attacks were thought out and premeditated, not impulsive. As a Nation, we went through three high profile mass shootings in four days in 2019.2 To this date that has been the highest percentage.
Fact, there is a discrepancy about how a MASS shooting is described the FBI defines it as a killing there 4 more people are killed not including the attacker. Others define it as 6 or more.3 I think the point is that there have been 217 shootings in the United States in 2019 where 4 or more people were killed at one time involving a firearm and involving 75% of family members.4
According to an article in the NY Times “A common trait for mass killers is hatred towards women.”5 According to Business Insider, they report, “The men behind the US's deadliest mass shootings have domestic violence — not mental illness — in common.” And according to the Mercury News, “The majority of mass killings involve domestic violence, and eight of 74 public mass shootings since 2006 involved the killing of a blood relative, the data shows.”6 And according to CBS News, police are at the highest risk when responding to do a domestic violence call.
Why does violence, abuse, emotional, mental, financial, as well as physical happen? There is a need to be in control, a need to be right, a need to have the power of another, a need to never feel powerless again. Abuse in all of its forms fits that definition perfectly.
This is no longer a “domestic issue or a ‘women's issue.’”
This is our issue!
It is not a “stranger to a stranger” problem. This is now a “neighbor to neighbor” problem because so many are being impacted.
Do you now see how Domestic Violence bleeds into our society?
It sparks a whole range of questions:
1. What is going on with the American Family?
2. Why are so many people so upset to the point that they are killi