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Feb 16 2013
06:05 pm
By: Treehouse  shortURL

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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Nelle's picture

Excellent point

Thanks for making it.

Mary Wilson's picture

Yes, Treehouse, the words were twisted BUT

I was troubled by the fact that it WAS apparently a domestic violence issue, since this young pregnant female has a 'relationship' with her killer. Oh, the defenders of rapists and incestual daddies use that word to defend their abuse of females, as well.
But the first comments listed on the KNS blog were all about WHERE this murder took place..."in the hood", "in East Knoxville, what do you expect", 'guns and drugs', blah blah. This killing in broad daylight, about 1/2 mile from my home had NOTHING to do with 'where this child lived'...it had everything to do with a male with an automatic weapon (the cops did admit to that detail.) because he was angry at her and killed her, and her 'child to be' and tried to kill her mother as well. Yes, it was domestic violence, and it has also happened here in WEST, NORTH, and SOUTH Knoxville. So let's call it what it is.

Treehouse's picture

Yes

I agree.

Fabricant's picture

Please, lets call it what it is.

"He also declined to detail the circumstances that preceded the shooting, characterizing it only as a domestic dispute."

The reporter asked about the specific circumstances leading up to the murder. The cop just said the shooting was proceeded by a domestic dispute, meaning they were probably arguing before he shot her. No reason to lambaste the KPD on this one, they are calling it what it is: murder.

Let's get real about the location part too. Most Kville shootings happen in East Knoxville. There is also a strong correlation between poverty and domestic abuse nationally. This isn't stereotyping (a la Knoxnews commenters). It's just another fact demonstrating the economic violence perpetrated through US inequalities. Let's call it what it is.

Min's picture

Indeed.

I don't see why the police can't refer to domestic violence as domestive violence and to non-violent domestic disputes as domestice disputes.

EconGal's picture

domesticity

I don't see why the police can't refer to domestic violence as domestive violence and to non-violent domestic disputes as domestice disputes.

I've never considered that nomenclature until now, but this seems entirely appropriate.

Treehouse's picture

When?

Before or after she's shot? Let's not get into classifying what violence is.

Fabricant's picture

Are you trying to plead

Are you trying to plead self-defense or something?

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