How many parents and educators, right now, are having those discussions before college and even before high school?Are men encouraged to get mental health counseling in the same way women are?
Police told the press that the two of them had had a “dating relationship.” The upshot: It’s safe to say that for every domestic-violent murder that makes national news—whether because of its brutal nature, victim tally, school setting, or something else—there are hundreds of small incidents in our own backyards that barely receive coverage.
Often, when a domestic incident or murder-suicide occurs in a community, officials reassure the public that no one else is in danger and the matter quickly fades.
While the statistic could imply that 90 percent of the murders didn’t have a precedent on record, it actually begs a question: if 10 percent of these incidents are forewarned, how many can be forestalled?
In other words, what can be done within our culture to combat the problem of intimate partner violence before it reaches a breaking point?
Women are afraid that men will kill them.”) Three months earlier, in April 10, a 53-year-old man walked into a San Bernardino, California, elementary-school classroom and shot to death his wife, who was a special-ed teacher there, and her 8-year-old student, before turning the gun on himself.
Six days later, a 37-year-old man named Steve Stephens, apparently distraught over difficulties with his “estranged” girlfriend, shot a random older man to death on the streets of Cleveland, live-streaming it on Facebook.Several other intimate partner killings received more widespread attention, likely because of their unusual nature.In July, a man stabbed his wife to death aboard a cruise ship, reportedly later telling a witness, “She would not stop laughing at me.” (The statement calls to mind the famous quote attributed to Margaret Atwood about domestic violence: “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them.(The study did not look at murders of men.) While the number would put intimate partner murders of women at only 417 per year, the study, again, drew from 18 states.The CDC study noted that at least 1 in 10 of the tragedies was preceded by a prior incident and thus, some may have been preventable.And this past July, the Centers for Disease Control finally made the results public of a long-term study of murders of women.