As I was researching some posts, particularly a recent post by MJC regarding the children Khamari Hardwick and Dreshawn L. Lewis, both victims of child abuse, I happened upon a bit of an article and video that speaks of the rising cases of domestic violence in Milwaukee. Police chief Edward Fynn speaks on the video, 17cases of abuse, stating 70% are either that of a "murder of partner or death of a child".
An excerpt from the associated press:
Mary, poster at freedomeden.blogspot.comPolice Chief Edward Flynn and Mayor Tom Barrett are urging community members to be alert to signs of abuse and proactive in preventing it.
Flynn says putting more police on the street can't change what happens in homes. And once police get involved, the damage is already done. He urged families to get parental coaching.
Flynn couldn't say for sure whether the increase was caused by the recession but believes they're related, since at-risk families feel economic pressures first.
Although I think there is a link, as pressures go up, loss of jobs, loss of income, home and other necessities, absolutely can cause one to behave in ways one might not normally do so, a person who turns to violence in response to stress is likely lacking coping and anger management skills to begin with. No matter how terrible things might get for me and my family, acting out violently towards one another and our children is inconceivable....not an option.So Flynn and Barrett are blaming the jump in domestic violence on the economy, but Flynn says he can't say for sure that's the cause, meaning he has no empirical data to back up his theory. Nonetheless, Flynn believes there's a relation between the violence and the economic turmoil. Barrett is on board with the explanation.
I think it's irresponsible to cite a cause for something without being able to verify that it is, in fact, the cause.
While it would make sense that economic pressures could lead to stress that might manifest itself in domestic violence and a rise in homicides, I think Flynn and Barrett and the media need to be careful about putting too much emphasis on the economy and not enough on the individual.
There's no excuse for shaking a baby to death. NONE.
No economic pressure is great enough to push good parents so far over the edge that they kill their children.
What do you think? You should view the video.