Between the Wisconsin parade killings and the Gabby Petito murder, we're still clearly stuck in a world where a failure to take domestic violence seriously just leads to more killing. salon.com/2021/11/23/the…
There's a tendency to talk about domestic violence as "apolitical". (Even I fell into this trap after the Wisconsin killing.) But it's actually very political, and about preserving male dominance and patriachal forms of control.
Men who commit acts of domestic violence — especially very dangerous stuff, like strangling or, in this case, trying to run someone over with a car — are live threats to public safety. But they're rarely treated that way.
Similarly, the Gabby Petito murder is a reminder of how cops often treat victims of domestic violence like *they're* the problem, and even glad hand and sympathize with their abusers. Which leads to more violence.
Domestic violence is a big, blinking warning sign for other kinds of violence. Most mass murderers start off by hurting or killing people at home. How many mass killings could be prevented, if we just took domestic violence seriously?
It's not just cops. Judges — including the Supreme Court — have repeatedly dismissed violence against women as not their concern or no big deal. Treating it as a public nuisance instead of a real threat to public safety just leads to more killing.

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