Ever since the news broke by our activist blogger “3 Sonorans” (David Abie Morales) about the domestic violence allegations lodged by attorney Georgette Escobar, girlfriend/campaign manager of LD 29 Rep. Daniel Patterson, I have been reflecting upon the years we spent fighting domestic violence in the 1990′s.
Our slogan back then was “zero tolerance for domestic violence.” I was a staff attorney for an Americorps domestic violence victims project in Hawaii, where I set up a safe haven at a YWCA for parents in conflict to drop off their children safely for visitation with the other ex-partner/ex-spouse. Then I served as a DV Commissioner for a few years, and later as Interim Director of the Domestic Violence Commission here in Tucson, which is unfortunately no longer in operation. We spent a great deal of time trying to educate the public about the cycle of domestic violence, and how to seek help for victims in DV situations.
Domestic violence should not occur in our society, but it still does, and often leads to lethal consequences including homicide and suicide.
Our society has improved over the years with more women speaking out against verbal abuse & violence in their homes — but more needs to be done. Any violence in a domestic/family situation should not be tolerated, especially child abuse in any form.
2 term LD 29 Rep. Daniel Patterson had been accused before by his ex-wife of domestic abuse, and now he faces new allegations by his current girlfriend. The legal process will take its course with the Order of Protection, the police and any prosecutors, and with an ethics investigation in the AZ State House. Numerous calls for his resignation from public office have been made by Democratic officials, fellow legislators, community members, the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ACADV).
From ACADV website:
Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior that includes the use or threat of violence and intimidation for the purpose of gaining power and control over another person. Violence is characterized by: Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Economic Abuse, Isolation, Emotional Abuse, Control, or Verbal Abuse.
Whatever the outcome with Rep. Patterson, a lot more attention has been paid to a very important problem in our society — when people resort to violence to resolve their conflicts. Instead of peacefully discussing their differences and problems, some use physical, verbal, & psychological abuse against another human being. This is not acceptable in the 21st century.
More information on domestic violence: National Coalition against Domestic Violence, toll free 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) 24/7 hours/day.
In Tucson: Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse (click here for recent blog by It’s Never too Late to Care.)
Domestic violence in any form should not be tolerated.