Domestic Violence as discussed by Ed Cocchiola, Republican Candidate for Legislative District 1 Arizona. The staggering numbers add up to more than 10 million women and men during a year. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been affected by some type of physical violence by an intimate partner. Children are often the victims who suffer the most. This form of abuse includes a wide realm of behaviors such as slapping, pushing, and shoving. Domestic violence is a huge problem right here in Arizona.
Domestic Violence: A Mental Health Issue
This domestic violence issue is very much a problem related to mental health. Unfortunately, Arizona lags behind most states in our nation regarding mental health issues. That needs to change.
Alcohol and Narcotics
What role do alcohol and narcotics play in physical abuse in the home? I have personally spoken with more than 20 frontline law enforcement officers in Chandler, Phoenix, Prescott, and Prescott Valley. I have talked to officers in the sheriff’s departments in both Yavapai and Maricopa Counties. What these first responders are telling me is that 70% of the domestic violence they see is related to either drugs or alcohol abuse.
When our law enforcement officers receive a domestic violence call and enter a home as first responders, they never know what they are walking in to. What depresses them most is that about three weeks later, they know they will be back at the same home again for the same reason.
What is the Solution?
If I am elected, here is where I will begin: I will invite a large group of law enforcement officers, clergy, along with any interested our citizens. We will create a “think tank” to discuss the problems related to physical abuse in the home and potential solutions. Together, we will draft a bill to bring Arizona’s treatment of domestic violence into the 21st century. We need to get everyone involved! The solution may incorporate such things as education in elementary and high schools about this problem.
Domestic violence is a horrible cancer in our society: but it can be removed with community involvement. I know that so many of you fine people in Prescott, to Prescott Valley, to Cordes Lakes, to Black Canyon City to Kirkland, and so many more places in Legislative District 1 are with me. Vote for Ed Cocchiolla, Republican candidate for the Arizona House of Representatives, and you will be voting for stopping domestic violence!