“What, in Boulder City? I can’t believe it!” is one of the most over-used statements I hear as it relates to this month’s topic, domestic violence. How often do our neighbors abuse those that they care the most about? BCPD responded to 147 domestic violence related calls for service in the first seven months of 2013, yielding 44 arrests. That equates to one call every 35 hours how many acts of violence went unreported? I assure you, it is way too many!
Since 1987, October has been ear-marked as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The primary focus throughout the month is to generate greater awareness on a variety of topics related to victims of domestic violence. Several topics are highlighted on the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s website, www.ncadv.org.
One question, that I, as a police officer, struggled with early on in my career, is trying to understand why someone would stay in an abusive relationship the website has an outstanding article addressing this topic. The article clearly indicates that the wrong question has been asked all along, it should be:
Why do assailants terrorize and torture their partners?
Why is it that the vast majority of batterers are men?
Why does a community allow battering to continue?
Given the raw numbers, it is safe to say that the majority of readers either know someone is in an abusive relationship, has been in an abusive relationship, or are currently in an abusive relationship. That begets the questions what are you doing about it and what are we doing about it as a community?
The police department’s policy is, “…to reduce the incidence and severity of domestic violence, protect victims of domestic violence and provide them with the support through a combination of law enforcement and community services…” We have a domestic violence advocate that is in Boulder City once a week or on-call as needed. This is not a battle won through the efforts of law enforcement alone. As a community, we need to stand united against domestic violence!
Until next month, stay safe!