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Up Front - Mirkarimi Ethics Hearing, California Budget

San Francisco Sherriff Ross Mirkarimi in the fight of his life before the San Francisco Ethics Commission. We’ve got a report from inside last night’s hearing, analysis from San Francisco Bay Guardian Editor Steve Jones, and reaction from one the domestic violence groups that wants Mirkarimi out. Plus: Sonali Kolhatkar looks at the fights to come over California’s budget -- and who’s in the line of fire. Join us for Up Front at 7:AM, right after Democracy Now!

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Intimate Partner Aggression

Intimate Partner Aggression is a complex phenomenon which can become a public health issue. Unfortunately it has also become a political issue. As a political issue, the task of reducing intimate partner violence/aggression becomes more difficult. As a therapist, citizen and Batterer Intervention Provider, I am interested in reducing intimate partner violence. Therefore I continue to learn about family dynamics and cutting edge research on the causes of and effective treatment of partner aggression.

Research indicates that most lower level partner violence is mutual, with women striking the first hit a little more than 50% of the time. When asked the reason, most respondents do NOT indicate that they were in fear for their lives.

But our current California laws, designed for "apples" are picking mostly "oranges". The "oranges" may benefit from a BIP group, but they do not benefit from lost jobs, jail time, and records which may make future employment difficult. Also, "oranges" of color are more likely to be harassed while they are on their three year probation.

The political focus on domestic violence also takes the lens off of sibling violence, a form of violence more prevalent that male on female (and the reverse), mutual aggression, elder abuse and child abuse.

The political focus also further dis empowers women as the Courts and the advocates now tell them what they want and what will happen to them. It does not do this in the case of female perpetrated violence.

This political focus makes sane discussion impossible. As a progressive female my voice cannot be heard by my feminist friends. The fact that I have worked in this arena for 17 years, keep current on the research, and counsel couples and families holds no sway with those who have decided that current political drumbeat is the only parade in town. Until this changes, there will be less chance in improving the lives of troubles families.

Thank you. L. Darlene Pratt MFT

Nine of eleven Supervisors,

Nine of eleven Supervisors, not seven of nine, will have to vote to remove Ross Mirkarimi for that to happen. Three Supervisors voting no can restore him to office.

Also, Ross Mirkarimi was not convicted of domestic violence. He was convicted of a nonviolent offense, false imprisonment, which he pled guilty to.

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