Saturday, March 14, 2009

Advocates in GA Help the Media Place the Focus on the Abuser - Where it Belongs

Let's take the time to forward appreciation and support to the advocates at Liberty House, the domestic violence shelter in Albany, Ga. A grand jury has suggested public shaming for domestic violence criminals. While this is certainly a refreshing viewpoint in contrast to the focus typically directed towards the victim's actions, the shelter workers at Liberty House point out the potential problems in a system that is often ignorant of the dynamics

"Liberty House Executive Director Silke Deeley said "If we are going to start shaming people, putting pictures in the paper, we want to make sure that it's the perpetrators of the violence and not the victims."

The Grand Jury also recommended that "a fine be imposed for every police call where there is a viable charge and an arrest made for domestic violence."

Advocates say they don't know if even fines and shaming will stop domestic abusers.

Deeley said "They have to realize what they are doing is wrong. It's criminal, and that they are going to have to seek some help to alter their behaviour. And if that doesn't happen, you can shame them all day long." "

I don't see an email but kudos in the form of a fax, card or phone call may be appreciated. A supporting comment on the news story would be a great show of support and agreement.
Liberty House
P.O. Box 2046, Albany, Georgia 31702
Business Office: 229-439-7094
Fax: 229-883-2635

I'm including a link due to the copyrights posted on the story:

Public shaming recommended for domestic violence convictions

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