Halting domestic violence requires more than trivial politics

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Mr. Stahl: many (if not most) of the people leading the “three ring circus” against Brainard are themselves victims of domestic violence.  Some of them were probably Latimer clients in the past.  The one I have spoken with are quite apolitical—this is their first experience with any movement like this. To them, having Brainard on the Council is not politics, it’s an affront. If you take time to understand them better, you’ll probably no longer question their motives.

I’m sorry, “ones” not “one.”

Mr Stahl, Thank you for taking the time to lend your professional voice to this very serious subject. I know that you were torn about taking a donation from Mr. Brainard. I suspect that is because he is still in denial about his own participation in domestic violence. Although the attention on the subject is coming from the political arena, those of us who are speaking out are doing so because we do not want to see abuse trivialized. My sister was a victim of domestic abuse. Watching the 30 minute exclusive interview with Brainard reminded me of my ex-brother-in-law. This is not a man on the path to healing, but he has been politically and professionally embarrassed; so he is frantically looking for a pathway to redemption that doesn’t involve the hard work of facing the issue. Because he is a politician, this has a political angle, but I share your hope that we, as a community, get down to business and work to halt domestic violence even when a politician isn’t in the harsh spotlight.

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