Valuable series

Congratulations to The Post and Courier for the series on domestic violence, "Till Death Do Us Part." It laid out all aspects of the problem in unequivocal terms. Blame was aimed at all the segments of society responsible for this sad situation.

Too often, problems in our society are discussed without offering remedies.

Not this time. The conclusion of this series clearly stated what needs to be done and by whom. It described what other states have successfully done to provide protection for women and concluded that it was not only feasible for us to do so, but necessary.

Back in the 1970s, in Worcester, Mass., I saw a couple of undergraduate Clark University students take on the concerns of battered women. They explored the situation and worked to develop services to alleviate the problem.

Over time they helped the community to recognize the plight of battered women and support ways to deal with it.

I was proud to play a small role in this effort. Change can be made, and I think The Post and Courier has taken a very positive step in bringing change to South Carolina.

I do hope that the paper will continue to monitor what is being done to remedy this problem and keep the pressure on so South Carolina's families can live in security and peace.

Sally Kimball

Seabrook Island Road

Johns Island

Report abuse

Your Aug. 24 editorial on criminal domestic violence was very compelling as far as it went. But it did leave out the major component.

Passing new laws and adding more stringent penalties are fine, as far as that goes, but it deals strictly with penalties rather than prevention.

Victims of domestic violence are very often repeat victims. These people are often in very difficult situations but they must learn that no level of violence is acceptable. They should report incidents immediately, never change their minds about prosecution, and get away from the environment that provides the violence.

Often these victims are fully aware of the existence of guns, yet they appear very reluctant to report these conditions. No matter how difficult that may seem, it is better then letting violence progress.

The schools can also provide advice for all children to be aware that violence within the home is never acceptable and should be reported, even if it is just to their teachers.

Everyone should be concerned about our high level of domestic violence, but the first step to curb the issue is for the potential victims to help themselves by reporting to those who can offer help.

Larry Wiessmann

Seabrook Island Road

Johns Island