The Gift of Fear

I started reading a book this morning called The Gift of Fear, by Gavin de Becker. I haven’t gotten very far, but I did read one statistic in the first few pages that floored me.

In the United States, a woman is murdered every two hours by her spouse/significant other.

A woman. Is murdered. Every two hours. By her spouse.

We are losing 12 women per day to spousal homicide.

Excuse me, but is this not a public health crisis of a huge magnitude?

Do the math: That’s 4,380 women per year. MURDERED. By their spouses.

How many of those women have children who then become parentless? What becomes of them? And what happens to the perpetrators? Are they convicted? Do they get away with it?

I’d like to take a moment to imagine 4,380 women standing in front of you right now.

What can we do? I’m asking: What can we do?

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