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The sting of domestic violence

Posted Tuesday, September 11, 2007, at 6:46 AM

Those who look closely at the T-G's jail intake listings may have noticed that the bail for most domestic violence incidents has been raised to $5,000.

Considering that means payment to a bail bondsperson of $500, that's really not that much. But it, at least, sends a symbolic message, even though much more than symbolism is needed.

You'd be surprised - or these days, maybe not -- at the intensity of violence committed by too many people against someone they claim to love or have once loved. From an angry slap in the face to Mary Winkler's murder of her husband, it seems personal violence sometimes runs rampant.

Shelbyville Police Department reports tell a sad story. We don't publish incidents of domestic violence unless serious injury occurs, because the general feeling of journalists is that family/personal arguments should remain private. That doesn't lessen their impact on the victims, though.

It's amazing how some people, often fueled by alcohol or drugs, can inflict such cruel violence or injury. And words can also inflict pain.

As stronger as penalties have become, they're still not strong enough.

The most severe penalties -- when accusations are proven to be fact -- are still too little for those inclined to violent acts.

How far should law and courts intrude into private lives and personal arguments? That's a tough call.

But when violence starts and the innocent suffer, that's when intervention should begin.

And victims of domestic violence deserve more than our sympathy -- they deserve support, especially from law enforcement and the legal system

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The Mary Winkler case highlights just how lop-sided our legal system is when when dealing with domestic violence cases. It is very wrong that a woman is allowed to blast her husband in the back with a shotgun and then go to court and blame him for all of their marital problems and accuse a dead man of things he can't possible accept or deny. He receives the death penalty and she gets a slap on the wrist. The opportunity for women to take advantage of this weakness in the system is great. She is nothing more than a cold blooded killer who said what she wanted to in court because her opponent was dead.

-- Posted by nathan.evans on Tue, Sep 11, 2007, at 7:03 AM

I could get on a roll with this subject! Pay your bail, go to court at the least 3 times, and a slap on the wrist (if) you get that much. You can abuse, stalk, harass, whatever you wish and there no lesson learned because you don't have to pay for your mistakes. Heaven forbid if your a stalked/harassed man....You had to have done something to provoke it! Lets see what was it the DA said??? This kind of situation usually goes both ways! What usually is and what REALLY is are two different things...

-- Posted by Disgusted on Tue, Sep 11, 2007, at 2:40 PM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.