Domestic violence is often ignored or dismissed as being something private, but truly should be taken more seriously. If we take a closer look at the mass murders that have happened in the last few year, it seems that a noteworthy amount of mass murderers have one thing in common: A history of committing domestic violence. In other words, there is a progression of violence. Anyone surprised about this? I am not.
Here are some recent examples:
Omar Mateen, the gunman in the nightclub massacre in Orlando, Florida, had beaten his ex-wife quite severely until she left him in 2009.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev who planted bombs at the Boston Marathon in 2013 which killed 3 people and injured 260 others had been previously arrested for domestic and battery.
Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, the man who drove a truck into a crowd in Nice, France in July 2016, was known to beat his wife.
Esteban Santiago, the man who murdered numerous individuals in a Florida airport in January 2017 had a domestic violence complaint against him a year prior. He had tried to strangle her, which shows a clear ability and willingness to take a life. Unfortunately, the strangulation attempt was treated the same way that a slap. There was very little investigation and very little follow through like too many domestic violence cases.
I think it’s time to take a closer look at violence directed towards women and find solutions before there is any chance for progression.
In Canada, women and their children are 6 times more likely to be killed by an ex-spouse than a current legally married spouse. In fact, the period immediately after a separation is the most dangerous for abuse victims and this includes the children. So the next time, someone asks why women stay in the abusive relationship, this is one reason why.
Still, in Canada, 65% of spouses accused of homicide had a history of family violence involving the victim(s). This was most often the case when the spousal victim was estranged from their partner, including those divorced and separated.