Letter: Just call it domestic violence

Published: 7/2/2019 9:00:18 PM

I must “engage in argument” with the writer of the headline for the article on the front page of the June 29 Monitor. The headline states “Man faces 12 charges after domestic dispute.” The definition of “dispute” is to “engage in argument,” which I am initiating here because the article goes on to say that the accused person is stated to have “jumped off a bed, lunged at (the victim) and swung his arm, striking her in the ribs.” That is not the definition of a “dispute.” I would use the words “domestic violence.”

When we use words that are less strong than what would accurately describe domestic violence, we trivialize the crime. Striking a woman and preventing her from leaving is not a trivial crime. It is domestic violence.

Donna Raycraft



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