10-30-2005, 05:42 PM #1
Of love and violence
Over seven days in shelters, courts and police units, Inquirer reporters chronicle the toll of domestic abuse across the region.
Crying softly, the tall, slender woman slumps on a bench outside the police department's Domestic Abuse Response Team office in North Philadelphia.
She delicately probes the ballooning lump on her left cheek with long fingers. The punch came out of nowhere, delivered by her ex-boyfriend three hours before when she refused to sleep with him.
With wet eyes, the woman looks up at a poster that proclaims, "There's nothing domestic about domestic violence."
Smarting from the anger of a man she once trusted, she waits to tell her story.
A story about real life domestic violence.Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........
Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?
"Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight