October was first recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month twenty-two years ago.
Twenty-two years later, here in Florida, two different mothers and their respective children are murdered in domestic violence incidents.
Both families have histories of domestic violence.
Clearly, the problem of domestic violence is far from solved.
What are we doing wrong?
Professionals working with victims must learn to properly assess the degree of danger in each case.
And, regardless, professionals must also be able to provide each victim with an effective, custom safety plan.
These two measures should go a long way toward reducing domestic violence fatalities (and injuries).
Hopefully, these milestones won’t take another twenty-two years of awareness to accomplish.