Why do you think so few charges are filed in incidents of domestic violence?
Asked at Massachusetts Street on August 24, 2006
“I think a lot of times the person who called the police changes their mind later on. It's too bad, but a lot of people are trapped in that pattern where they are afraid for their safety or their children's safety.”
— Jonathan Ratliff, Kansas University medical student, Lawrence
“Because normally they have to go back home, and if they file charges or tell anyone they think it will get worse.”
— Lauren Ozburn, KU senior, Lawrence
“Because the spouse usually drops the charges. I think they are used to the abuse they receive and don't want it to get worse. They're afraid to change.”
— Gerald Shields, brick layer, Lawrence
“I think they are scared of their spouse or the other person apologizes and they stay because they love them. They're afraid to be alone or they're afraid that their spouse will get into trouble.”
— Rachel Lary, Haskell Indian Nations University sophomore, Palmdale, Calif.