Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Domestic violence and Gov. Patterson

GCASA works with many women who have been the targets of domestic violence and many men who have been perpetrators.

It raises a grave concern when Governor Patterson interfers with accountability between a domestic violence victim and her abuser, an aide of the Governor. Also, the State Troopers were accused of having been involved in this situation in an unethical way at the behest of the Governor if the reports are accurate.

While substance abuse counselors and mental heatlh professionals are held to high ethical standards, it seems hypocritical that high placed governmental officials are not held to the same standards.

Here is a report on Democracy Now! not just about the situation in which Gov. Patterson has been involved, but on domestic violence in general.

An interesting fact is that there are 8 states in which domestic violence is considered a pre-existing condition which prevents women from getting health insurance.

To access the report, click here.

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