I am concerned about the framing that the local police and media used to characterize relationship violence. From the Knoxville News Sentinel on 2/15/13: "He also declined to detail the circumstances that preceded the shooting, characterizing it only as a domestic dispute."
I found someone else's words that explain what I was thinking:
"In an effort to pretty up reality, the police have edited the word "violence" out of the phrase "domestic violence," expecting us to understand that when they say "domestic," they mean "domestic violence." They're asking us to agree that being threatened and assaulted are just another element of being domestic. When police and media speak this way, they help the physical violence to make wide ripples of linguistic and cognitive violence." (link...)
And, now we know that Knoxville has another woman victim, shot by a male who knew her. It does a disservice to the victim of violence to name it something else.
Thanks, bizgirl, for keeping the local shooting statistics.
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