Should laws be tougher on domestic violence?

Canada
April 17, 2008 11:28pm CST
There was a case that hit the news here in Canada about a pregnant abused woman being held against her will so that she will testify against her boyfriend, the abuser. The government seems to be getting stricter on domestic violence. I hear talk now that if a couple is constantly fighting and constantly calling the police, the police can arrest them both. Have you heard of this before? Do you think it is a good idea in cases where couples are calling the police often for domestic abuse, both of them should be arrested? Why or why not?
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@p_vadla (1687)
• India
18 Apr 08
Marriage counselors say both husband and wife are responsible for any marital conflict. Whether directly or indirectly. Recent studies indicate men too are prone to passive domestic violence from their wives. This is through 'mental violence' or 'mental cruelty'. Laws should be made for both of them. For any problem both of them should be made equally responsible.
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• Canada
19 Apr 08
It's true it takes two to tango.. most of the fights I've seen between couples were two sided. Both of them taking snipes or assaulting each other, I've also seen women threaten to call for abuse at the slightest provocation or as an ultimatum to get what they want. I think the police are tired of this so they are making both responsible.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
18 Apr 08
I definitely thing that the one batting the other around should go to jail. But I don't necessarily thing that if one is getting beaten all the time that one needs to go to jail. I don't see any proof of such a law on the news and until I do, to me that is only gossip or rumor. If both partners are beating on each other and I know that happens, yea through the both in the tank for a night or two to cool them off and if that don;t work send them up the river to the big house for 2 years.
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• Canada
18 Apr 08
Yeah I have not heard this on the news either. I was informed of this when I was over at a friends house. He was worried waiting for the cops as he and his girlfriend had a fight earlier that night. I don't know if it is true or not, it was the first time I heard of it.
@busta1baby (1238)
• United States
18 Apr 08
i think they should
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• Canada
18 Apr 08
I agree thank you for the response.
• United States
18 Apr 08
Each time the police arrives at that persons house. They are not able to be where real crimes are taking place. Wasting the tax payers time and money is wrong. I have had the cops called to my house a few times. I would never call wasting peoples time. Yes they should arrest both of them
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• Canada
18 Apr 08
Good point and thanks for the response, I used to have the cops show up for my girlfriend and I, even one of the cops said after coming several times ... that he really enjoyed coming to "hang" with us but he is on duty, and people are in need of the police to be on call and ready to respond.
@sid556 (31003)
• United States
19 Apr 08
The laws are getting much stricter and that is a good thing. Here they will arrest both parties if both are acting violent toward each other and out of control. I think it depends on the situation they walk in on really. If the police are constantly being called then the woman who stays in that situation should be held responsible to some degree. I mean, it is police time and taxpayers money that could be spent toward something else.it is really a hard call to make and a complex issue. I don't think anyone really knows the right answer but any steps taken to put a stop to it have to better than how they used to handle it in the past which was to basically do nothing. At least now there is awareness and they are trying to do the right thing.
• Canada
19 Apr 08
yeah people should not waste the resources of public safety. It is indeed complex and I just hope they will consistently get it right. I am glad however that they are trying to do the right thing.
• United States
19 Apr 08
Domestic violence has always been a big problem around the world. It is looked at so differently everywhere you are. Some states have one law while another state has another law which makes it very hard. I believe that if the police are constantly called out to a home then yes they should take both of them in as there is a problem. If they should show up and one of them is beaten and bloody then I think that it is obvious who should be taken in. I do believe that if it is a consistent thing and if both of them finally have to pay the price maybe they will then see that they can not abuse the system all the time.
• Canada
19 Apr 08
I agree too many people abusing the system causes the system to falter and not operate as intended. I do think having different laws everywhere is probably not helping things, but should we really need a law to tell us right from wrong? :P Not that I think we shouldn't have laws!
@SHAMRACK (8533)
• India
18 Apr 08
Dear friend, Yes, I hope they both should be arrested if they find it guilty and moreover it might be better to keep them apart for while until the matter settles.
• Canada
19 Apr 08
Yes I agree keeping them apart might settle things down and they can both move on, without being tossed in jail unless it is absolutely needed.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
14 Sep 08
Yes. I think the laws should be alot tougher on domestic violence. It should not be tolerated at all.