(Find the full story at http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/10/09/judge-berates-domestic-violence-victim-and-then-sends-her-to-jail.html )
Now, there is often a problem with the treatment of victim of domestic violence, as demonstrated by this Florida Judge: the lack of compassion, patience, and understanding paid to the victim. Many of those who experience domestic violence develop extreme psychological, emotional, or mental reactions, such as anxiety in this case. It is especially important for the criminal justice and legal systems to have compassion for those who are victims and are seeking help from these systems. When a victim of domestic violence, male or female, steps out and speaks up about their situation it important to recognize the bravery and strength is takes to take that step. This Judge's treatment of the young woman sent a message to other individuals suffering the same violence that she will not show compassion for their situations.
So what do you think? Should this Judge have been more empathetic and patient with the young woman? Or was her swift and decisive accordance with a court order an act to be respected?
News stories like this raise huge questions and bring much needed attention to the sufferings of those who are in violent domestic situations. Always remember to speak up and speak out! And don't forget to wear purple!