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A Societal Problem

Posted - Jan. 12, 2004 at 11:10 a.m.



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Collectively, as a community, we’ve got a serious problem.

Many individuals who should be loving and kind toward one another are increasingly resorting to hateful behavior. It is often manifested through violence, and far too frequently, it is deadly.

For example, about a third of all homicides in Utah are linked to domestic violence. Most often, women fall victim to abusive husbands or partners. Sometimes adults murder children.

Last month researchers at LDS Hospital reported that a third of women seeking emergency room treatment have been victims of domestic violence sometime in their lives.

That, frankly, is a staggering figure!

Also, in recent months it has been reported that abuse and neglect of the elderly is increasing. In one high-profile case, police found the body of an 86-year-old woman who weighed just 59 pounds on the floor of her bedroom. A granddaughter caregiver has been charged in the case.

KSL believes domestic violence in its varied forms cannot be dismissed as merely a “family problem.” Rather, it must be viewed as a serious societal problem that demands attention and ultimate resolution. Each individual and responsible organization must look introspectively at personal and collective behavior patterns, then take action to halt the insidious escalation of domestic violence.

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