Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Why Milford Needs A Domestic Violence Shelter

I come across abysmally tragic items like this all the time in the police blotter - there's probably one or two "domestic" incidents in each day's blotter:
ARRESTEE: DAVID WESTON JR. (28) 24 DARINA PLACE, MILFORD
CHARGE (S): ASSAULT – PREGNANT PERSON 3RD; THREATENING 2ND
DISORDERLY CONDUCT
POLICE RECEIVED A COMPLAINT OF A DISTURBANCE AT A DARINA PLACE RESIDENCE. INVESTIGATION LED TO THE ARREST OF WESTON WHO IS ACCUSED OF PUSHING HIS COMPANION TO THE GROUND, THREATENING TO HARM HER AND STRIKING/KICKING HER SEVERAL TIMES. WESTON ALLEGEDLY DAMAGED THE VICTIM’S CELL PHONE DURING THE INCIDENT. THE COMPANION WAS TAKEN TO A LOCAL HOSPITAL FOR A MEDICAL EVALUATION DUE TO HER PREGNANCY.
Who knows what happened here - and of course Weston is innocent until proven guilty. But the allegations are serious.Whenever I read something like this happening in Milford, I get a sick feeling thinking about how a group of people from Woodmont would use zoning laws to stop a domestic shelter from opening. Congrats, you have protected your property values and prevented the formation of whatever meaningless boogeymen you created to convince yourself that stopping a domestic violence shelter was a good thing. But you have also ensured that members of your city who are truly hurting will continue to hurt.

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