There’s a persistent myth that domestic violence and abuse only happen in uneducated, lower income homes. Abstract reports of studies resulting in findings to the contrary can’t seem to dispel it.
An article from right here in South Florida very concretely puts the lie to the myth.
According to the article, the teenaged son of a successful Miami attorney called 911 on an occasion when his drunk parents got into a violent fight – just one of many such occasions the boy indicated. The attorney was also reportedly abusive toward the police responding to the 911 call.
Despite his wife’s apparent bruising, prosecution of the lawyer was declined. Perhaps the myth is fueled by rates of prosecution, which may in fact vary inversely with education and income levels.