Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence is Terrorism With More Victims

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Domestic abuse is a form of terrorism that comes from within our own society, says Lucy Berrington in this news analysis, resulting in mass casualties and extremely high costs. But for its victims, no big-budget homeland security effort exists.




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I am a terrorism overcomer. For years I believed that I was being subjected to domestic terrorism by a man who was serving in a military that swore to protect against terrorism. What a bizarre irony-where was the military for my struggle? It was ongoing, vicious, and not on anyone's radar but mine, his and God's. No one saw the cruel, savage, calculating, vicious repeated emotional and mental beatings I endured. If I had been slapped, suckerpunched, and whipped on the same physical level as I was emotionally, then the results would have been seen and others could understand why I was so afraid. But the comments, actions, attitude, and decisions were mostly emotional, mental and verbal and my soul took the brunt of each attack. Interject a few physical incidents and I was held as a prisoner of fear for a long time. It is a miracle that I am alive and functioning as well as I am today. I have seen other women with the life nearly beat right out of them, a shell of who they were before their ordeal. I was a shaky, anxious, paranoid, suspicious woman who could walk and talk upright but inside I ducked waiting for the emotional or mental blow to which I had grown accustomed. I was in an emotional fetal position and am just now coming out from it. To further my pain, I go to court and find that DSS is called if there is domestic violence in the home(yay) but the abuser/terrorist gets unsupervised visitation and joint custody(WHAT?) If someone was a horrible driver, their license would be taken away. Why? Because they could seriously harm someone if they drove. If someone is an abusive parent, they are given unsupervised visitation as if their parenting abilities has nothing to do with how they behave as a person. Pardon me, but they are still the same person and they are given something much more valuable than a license to drive. They are given free reign to inflict and model Godless, loveless, painful mannerisms for the next sweet, precious, vulnerable generation. This should not be. We can do better. A fire alarm needs to be sounded! This can be changed! This must be changed! Whole lives and families are being destroyed from what I believe is a lack of knowledge. I believe men and women need to be educated on the basic fact that whether male or female, we all are worthy of and deserve mutual respect. To love is respect and to respect is love. You can have the power and control and the consequences associated with that choice or you can have love and respect and a peace filled relationship. Domestic terrorism needs to be acknowledged, addressed and annihilated so that new ways of relating can be adopted, accepted, and achieved.

Excellent and so true.

Charles Pragnell always referred to domestic violence as domestic terrorism.

The main point that professionals in Ireland do not understand is the fear.

So many victims are being made homeless, peniless while the terrorists remain in the home.

In Ireland many victims get locked away for daring to break free and come forward.

Ireland is still seriously under the yoke of Rome with DV victims 100 times worse off now than 1995.

It does not help either that Family law judges are groomed to see ALL WOMEN AS FEEBLE MINDED/mentally ill and many end up in mental institutions- just to keep the truth hidden. Catholic women are still meant to suffer for their sins, giving male terrorists free reign.

^^ Thank you for the feedback. And you're right, the NCADV is based in Denver; the policy office is in DC. Thanks.
Lucy Berrington

This is an excellent article - it's time (very much overdue) for society to recognize domestic violence as a form of terrorism.

Society tends to focus on the victim - why doesn't she leave - rather than the perp - why does he threaten her. And, they erroneously believe she and the children will be safe if they only leave the abuser. This is actually when she's most at risk.

We need to provide safety, affordable housing, employment options or training, etc for those fleeing violence. If we offer these things to prisoners, surely we can do the same for victims of domestic violence.

One correction in the article - the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence has headquarters in Denver, CO with a public policy office in WDC.

we also fail on another effected group...the ones that love the abused. Friends, family, and even former lovers may be deeply wounded by seeing the damage that is done to someone they love and the impotence they feel in not being able to rescue them. I was engaged and my fiance's 'best friend' threatened suicide if she would not engaged him sexually. He told her that he would mail my head to her in a box and that she would have kill him if she would not be with him. When she could not kill him, he told her that it meant her love for me wasn't real. The day she said she wanted to marry me he strangled her and stopped as she blacked out. Through many abusive tactics he has convinced her that she that he will only get help if she is with him.
Her brother dropped out of college to handle the stress.
I spent the next few months living in a shelter because I could not take the stress...I still cry myself to sleep.
Friends fell powerless to stop him.

Worse is that his father is a judge in NY and they both are Harvard grads with enough power to bury evidence against this monster. They already buried the video of her talking about it.

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