Preventable Fatalities: DV Report in Pinellas County, Fla

Preventable – Fatality Review Report unveiled « opt4.

Staying in an abusive relationship is suicide that often ends in homicide. It’s a double blind situation: not only are victims blinded by their perpetrator’s control, but are often unaware of the resources available to escapees.

How much easier would it be for a woman to leave abusive relationships if she knew she would (in all likelihood) qualify for income assistance through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, food stamps, and Medicaid coverage for medical, dental, and prescription needs, and be able to have shelter, food, and clothing for herself and any children?

How much easier would it be for a woman to leave an abusive relationship if her community stopped ignoring her pain as a “family problem”, stopped asking her what she did, stopped excusing it as an anger issue, a drug issue, or a childhood trauma issue?

How much easier would it be for a woman to leave an abusive relationship if she knew the restraining order would confiscate all weapons owned (legally or not) by the abuser?

How much easier would it be for a woman to leave an abusive relationship if she knew she could keep her new address confidential and prevent her abuser from finding her?

How much easier would it be for a woman to leave an abusive relationship if she thought there was one person who believed in her enough to give her the strength she needs to save her life?

How much easier would it be for a woman to leave an abusive relationship if she knew she wasn’t alone?

True, it’s not just Florida, but I have a particular interest in Florida justice statistics and analytics because I believe The State of Florida is misogynistic at its core.

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