This may be revealing too much about myself, but this is my hometown.  As if domestic violence victims and survivors didn’t have it bad enough to begin with matters have taken a drastic turn for the even worse.  

Our county has a long standing reputation for high rates of domestic violence.  As you all know, a local judge ordered, in December 2012, I turn over a rifle to my abuser as part of our dissolution.  This is the same judge who refused, in September 2011, to expunge my abuser’s record of his prior domestic violence conviction because of his continued violence.

God help us all.