Disagreeing with Kristof

The New York Times published a column recently by Nicholas Kristof, whom I admire and respect, called “Modern Family Matters.”

He talks about the breakdown of the family and the rise in single-parent households. He also offers some potential solutions to this situation.

However, nowhere in the column does he discuss the impact of domestic violence on families, and how many of us are forced into single parenthood — and often poverty — as a result.

As I write about in my book, the effects of this violent marriage were long-lasting and devastating, to me and to my daughter. Not only that, the long-term effects of trauma are significant and definitely reduced my lifetime earning potential.

What do you think? How might we, as a society, address domestic violence so that it will stop being so pervasive?


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