Editorial: Another domestic violence news story

(Source: WSFA 12 News)
(Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Another national sports figure has brought domestic violence to the top of the news this week.

The media is all over Adrian Peterson, as we were Ray Rice last week, and as we should be.

Peterson is just the most recent in a long list of famous people, not just athletes, who, over time, have temporarily brought this age old social problem to our attention.

But once these high profile stories are forgotten, what do we do about this very serious issue?

Most of the 99.9% low profile domestic violence incidents will not make the news. In fact an estimated three fourths of physical assaults against women don't even get reported to police, and 85% of victims are women.

Domestic violence affects every community, regardless of demographics. It results in physical and emotional injury and even death. The consequences cross generations and last lifetimes.

We mustn't let domestic violence float out of our awareness. Our indignation toward the famous may wane, but our resolve to help all victims must not.

If you or someone you know is in a domestic violence situation, take advantage of resources available.

One Place Family Justice Center has a 24 hour crisis line at 800-650-6522. Family Sunshine Center offers counseling and shelter at 334-206-2100. And if it's an emergency, call 9-1-1.

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