Been to any emergency rooms lately? How long did you wait 2 hours, 3 hours, 4 hours? Anyone who has tried to be seen by an emergency room doctor quickly discovers an epidemic of people lined up in waiting rooms seeking care they cannot get from going to family doctors. Who are these people? A racist would blame undocumented workers for the health care crisis. Nice try at deflecting the real culprit. The truth is closer to home and lives in homes of the upper white class communities. The villain is a broken system of injustice that leaves dead and dying victims of domestic violence under a train ready to derail the economy of the
Don't show ignorance by assuming those in the hospital emergency rooms or wearing rags and eating out of dumpsters are lazy or mentally ill or from the lower class. A female one-percenter who gets a restraining order against her husband is likely to wind up at the bottom tier of the ninety-nine percenters and joining the lines at the local hospital begging for free services. The fall is tougher for upper middle women who have never had to deal with poverty and have no unconfiscated funds to save the lives of loved ones they watch deteriorate from a system of economic conscious health care providers.
The National Coalition against Domestic Violence has put together a fact sheet that details the costs of intimate partner violence as exceeding $5.8 billion annually. 4.1 billion of this is for direct medical and mental health services. Check out the numbers yourself. http://www.ncadv.org/files/DomesticViolenceFactSheet%28National%29.pdf
This is a public health care crises since the first thing batterers do after the restraining order is to terminate the health insurance of their victims, this. Think of all the education or jobs that could be created with $5.8 billion dollars. All society needs to be do is to require batterers to clean up their own mess. Since judges are now refusing to do that and are allowing batterers to cut insurance funds, even in violation of statutory law during divorces, the public needs to figure out how to fund this problem. The wife may have had access to funds while she was married but she wasn't counting on the judge giving full control of the family funds to her husband pending the end of the two to five year divorce case. Don't pretend you aren't responsible for the problem if you haven't demanded your legislator force batterers to pick up their tab for their families. What about a "Deadbeat Batterers Act?" The public remains on the hook until we get one.
The public has failed to step up to the plate. Domestic violence shelters that are good at collecting public funds are lousy at using them to help victims, instead funneling much of the money to some sort of administrative costs. Places like
Attorneys refuse to represent domestic violence victims in divorces since batterers generally confiscate the family funds. Most judges won't give the time of day to unrepresented victims. This puts the victims who may have suffered long term life threatening consequences on the backs of a public that doesn't want to know they exist. Did you listen to that recording I provided in my last article? If you cared you would have. To get an attorney a woman needs attorney's fees. Judges will not grant attorneys fees unless a woman has an attorney to represent her in an attorney fee proceeding. There are 174,211 attorneys in
Domestic violence victims can also forget about Legal Aid. Wealthy batterers wised up long ago and started filling out intake forms guaranteeing victims are declared permanent conflicts of interest. Another way of putting it is to say Legal Aid has allowed batterers to make the organization unavailable to the victims.
The federal government has played into this crises as well. Most single-family incomes are headed by working men who have paid into Social Security. The Government allows those men to collect Medicare for minor disabilities. Wives who are beaten to paralysis are ineligible for Medicare unless they were working long enough to qualify on their own. Women who are dying of cancer or heart disease must go to hospital waiting rooms and hope a doctor treats them. They cannot afford a regular doctor. The odds are that a patient from a single-income family with a life-threatening pre-existing condition will die of that condition if she dares to get a restraining order against her husband. It's a matter of how she will die and whether she will have hot water as she prior to her final moments. Her children will also die if they have life-threatening conditions when their mother leaves. It's a high price to pay for freedom. What have you don't to demand help for these women? Has your Congressman or Congresswoman introduced legislation to change this? In November you could fire the SOB if he or she hasn't introduced anything. Why should we pay salaries for free-loading leaders? Do you have guts to check and follow through with firing deadbeat leaders?
Did you know about the 16,800 homicides from domestic violence each year? Did you ask? Do you care? This is more than
Now to a more touching situation. You know domestic violence victims. Everyone does. They are they ones you say are sad but do nothing about. A domestic violence victim named Esther needs a headstone. It's a simple request. The woman saved a million dollars. It was stolen. She was abused. She died penniless. Her daughter who was also a victim had to beg for funds to bury her mom but was unable to get money for the headstone. Susan Estrella has offered to collect funds for Esther's headstone. Esther was a 40 year civil service who had all her money stolen by the perpetrator through check fraud and illegal internet bank transfers. Get the government to care when a human being is the victim! Susan will make sure that everything collected for this purpose goes to the headstone and will provide an accounting if any moneys are donated. Esther is buried without a headstone at the
Now for helping those who are still alive. It is so nice to receive benefits from the hard work of domestic violence victims. When those same victims are in trouble you never heard of them. Isn't that correct? Susan Estrella is also collecting funds for the young domestic violence victim who got Californians a voter verifiable paper trail. At the age of
Natasha's medical, dental, car insurance were cut by her father after her mother got her own restraining order against the father. That didn't stop the damage from the violence to which Natasha had been subjected. She continues to suffer from damage caused by a blow to the head from a golf club recklessly swung inside a van by one of the males in her family. Now everything has turned into an emergency and time is of the essence Natasha has been told by some health care professionals she needs thousands in health care costs. She has no idea where to turn. Her dad took the family money. Health care professionals are unwilling to treat the girl without money up front. Since Natasha is in fear of letting her father know her current location, Susan has offered to allow her own information to be posted publicly so those who care can assist Natasha. Email address removed , 1-619-847-1801. Are you a
If you can't afford to donate, then please contact your leaders and newspapers and demand justice for Natasha, Esther and society's other domestic violence victims. These are only two of those who need help. Remember that one in every four women is a domestic violence victim. Have you purchased a meal this week for a domestic violence victim? Have you given one of the victims a ride or a place to stay? Don't say private charities can help. You are the private charity who can help.
These two victims symbolize the plight of millions of women in this country. Natasha and Esther came from backgrounds where there was considerable money that was stolen by the assailant. The mistreatment of domestic violence victims turns affluent women into a poverty stricken blight on society that nobody wants to know about. In the waiting rooms of
Maybe you hate women. How about pets? Pets are often killed by angry batterers. Killing them is a way to make those terrible victims pay for whatever offense the batterers is upset about at the moment. Millions of pets die every year due to domestic revenge against spouses. One of my friends just had to bury a forth canine victim. One dog went epileptic and died at 4 in s seizure due to a batterer's kick to the head. Often dogs are beaten, kicked, poisoned or otherwise killed
How about this? The next generation of male leaders will come from the ranks of children who saw their fathers beat their moms. They learned that beating women is the way to power and profit. Join me in putting together a men's task force to educate sons of batterers that their fathers were wrong. Help me bring back respect for women and honor for men.