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Love Dosent Have to Hurt In 1985 1350 women were killed by their spouses or ex spouses 256 85 of spousal murder cases has had prior contact with the police 50 have been called at least 5 times 256 85-95 of assault victims and 23 of domestic murder victims are women256 All of these statistics taken from Battered Justice by Joan Meir in American Culture and the Media show that even if and when police intervene in domestic violence incidents the cases were not taken seriously Many judges just believe there are more serious matters to contend to257 There are several reasons that police prosecutors and judges dont take domestic violence cases seriously but at the core is the belief that wife beating is not a crime In 1976 twelve battered wives sued the city police department and family courts for failing to arrest and prosecute men who attacked their wives just because they were married In some cases the police refused to arrest because they had not seen the assault Many states have historically prohibited arrest on misdemeanor but not felony charges unless the officer witnessed the crime In most cases however the legal excuses often give way to the real reasons for not arresting Jean Cook stated They said they couldnt do anything because he was my husband268 Even if couples are only considered common law husband and wife nothing is done Some police stations about 70 have implemented family crisis intervention training programs for the officers Many believe given their occupational bias toward punishing offenders that they are eagerly embracing this soft approach toward domestic violence This continues to worsen the original problems In the rare cases that prosecutors press charges the crime is usually considered a misdemeanor rather than a felony regardless of the severity of the assault When pressed for reasons for dropping charges many argue insufficient evidence and that many women are not
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