Thursday, August 5, 2010

Albany women arrested for domestic violence against men - News, Weather and Sports for Albany, Valdosta and Thomasville. Leading the way for South Georgia. |

Albany women arrested for domestic violence against men - News, Weather and Sports for Albany, Valdosta and Thomasville. Leading the way for South Georgia. | Comment: This is one of the most open minded articles I have read on this subject. No disclaimers of "although men perpetrate 95% of domestic violence and women are the victims in 98% of the cases," and "women are rarely violent unless they are retaliating to defend themselves against abusive men." The only disconcerting fact in the whole article is the statement at the end, "The Liberty House does not shelter men, but they urge male abuse victims to ask for help. They can call the state domestic violence hotline at 1-800-334-2836." Why not shelter men? What about men with children who are escaping violent women? In this economy male victims may not have jobs to support themselves and their children. But all in all a great article. Give under served victims of domestic violence a lifeline. Support our Pepsi Project idea to bring more public awareness and services to male victims this month. Go to the Pepsi Refresh site and vote daily for the month of August: or text your vote: text 101761 to Pepsi (73774) ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Two Albany women were arrested for attacking men in domestic assaults overnight. One of the men is still hospitalized.

Law enforcers and advocates say women abusing men is nothing new, but some cases are becoming more violent.

Veteran law enforcement officers say they have seen women abusing men in family and domestic relationships for years, but often men are too embarrassed to report it. They say when violence escalates and weapons are used, there is no hiding the troubling crime.

Albany Police arrested 41 year old Marilyn Brown, after they say she either shot or stabbed Quincy Thomas about 12:30 Wednesday morning at her home on North Davis Street. Thomas is in good condition at an Albany hospital.

29 year Shauntay Johnson was also charged with aggravated assault after investigators say she stabbed her brother in law, Oslander Dean Junior in the arm with a pair of scissors. He was not seriously injured. Law enforcement officials say women abusing men happens more than you might think.

Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek said "Family violence crosses all lines. It is not a respecter of race, gender, economic status. Anybody can be victimized."

Liberty House Abuse Shelter Executive Director Silke Deely today trained Albany Police officers on how to deal with domestic violence cases. She says she sees more violence by both men and women, but men are much less likely to report the abuse because of embarrassment.

Deely said "What are they going to say about him. Why don't you stand up to some wife. Why aren't you taking care of business. You are not a man."

Deely said young boys are taught not to hit girls, but she is seeing more women who have been encouraged to violence.

Deely said "If somebody hits you, what are we telling them. Well you need to fight back. Don't let anybody do that to you. I think there is a misinterpretation of how that needs to occur."

Cheek said "We are seeing nationally, in trends over the last few years, is more and more violent women offenders.

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