While Donald Trump, who has his own history of credible allegations of violence towards women, is whining about how it’s unfair to hold men accountable for domestic abuse, a group of women in Massachusetts are fighting to save women’s lives, one community at a time. In the early 2000s, the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, a domestic violence shelter that serves a series of small towns in northeastern Massachusetts, developed an innovative program to prevent domestic homicide by targeting situations where abusive men showed signs that they might turn to lethal violence.
The program worked well and now the center is fundraising in hopes of teaching other communities how to use some or all of its program to prevent homicide in their own communities. With this approach, leaders of the Geiger Center also hope to help reshape the public understanding of domestic violence. They advocate for more focus on helping survivors not just escape violent situations but also get their lives back on track, and clearly putting the responsibility on abusers, not victims, to stop the abuse.
“We all read those stories that happen almost every day in our country about domestic violence homicides,” Suzanne Dubus, CEO …read more