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The sting of domestic violencePosted 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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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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