Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Lovettsville, VA and Portland, OR
Legal requirements vary from one state to another, for separating a man from his arsenal. In most states, and especially in most Southern states, he'd have to have been committed involuntarily to a psychiatric facility, or convicted of a violent felony. Neither has happened with George Zimmerman. None of his domestic assault arrests have resulted in convictions, which is usually the way it goes.
You've probably seen this before, but: If someone is divorcing the family breadwinner, such a conviction might render that person unemployable, which would diminish the person's ability to pay child support or alimony. Plus it's a hard charge to make stick. So once the batterer been booked and released pending further legal action, the abuse victim would typically be afraid of violent retribution. A lot of abuse victims feel much safer not pressing charges for that reason.
Also, if charges are pressed, it's one's word against the other's. The one who battered will say the other started it, the other one struck first, the other was out of control. Witnesses will say they heard them both yelling, etc. Perhaps they'd both been drinking. Once the police arrive, the battered partner might be unhinged and too upset to speak coherently, while the batterer is calm and assuring, with a "See what I have to put up with?" air and talks the police down from making an arrest.
Last edited by Joan Kennedy; 01-11-2015 at 11:05 AM.