Why are there so many cases of domestic violence in the news right now? Is it, in part, because of the economy? What is driving people to hurt others in this way?
Local experts stress that more people do not abuse because of a bad economy. But they do admit that people who do abuse, or who have abusive tendencies, might be more inclined to violence when they lose their job or their money gets tight. Limited financial resources can also hinder people from leaving abusive situations. Abuse, therefore, can become more lethal when times are tough.
Do you see that correlation? What’s your response to the many stories of domestic violence in the news? How does the recession affect the way you, or your family members or friends, act? Are you a person who has suffered from abuse? Or who has a history of abusing? How have you seen the economy affect your actions?
Editor’s Note: If you, or anyone you know, is a victim of domestic violence please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−SAFE (7233).
- Lanette Fidrych: survived her mother being murdered by her father. (This was a pre-recorded interview. Here is a longer version of her story.)
- Chiquita Rollins: Domestic Violence Coordinator for Multnomah County
- Chris Huffine: Licensed psychologist and the clinical director of Allies in Change Counseling Center
- Martha Strawn Morris: Director of the new Gateway Center for Domestic Violence Services (scheduled to open later this spring)