The real crime wave that Fox News is ignoring: Domestic violence on the rise

Amid denials of the real dangers of COVID-19, Fox News spends much of its airtime trying to tease older white audiences about something that may not pose a threat to the world. to most of them: Violent criminals.

Follow the US right-wing favorite, and you’ll get the strong impression that leaving your home, especially in any major city, is tantamount to walking into a war zone , with crazy servers about the “coast-to-coast crime crisis” and suggested that it would be impossible to walk “down the street in any great free city” without killing a lot of people. When a homeless man is mentally ill set fire to Fox News’ Christmas tree, which is seen as the ultimate proof that life in American cities is like life in Sarajevo in the early 90s, with homeowners shouting that “no city is safe” and “no one is safe” from the alleged onslaught of “random violence”.

It’s all, like nearly everything on Fox News, utter nonsense.

Yes, a lot of cities are facing a catastrophic increase in homicides, which appears to be a side effect of the pandemic’s upheaval on schools and workplaces. As Axios noted in an article on Ohio’s gun violence issue in October, the spike is being driven by “active street gangs” and, as the assistant police chief in Columbus told reporters, “a large part of the violence is caused by a very small segment of the population This promotes.” In Philadelphia, there’s a record number of homicides, but the number of criminals who do not use guns decreases. Gang violence is terrible and needs to be addressed, but it also isn’t exactly a threat to Fox News viewers in white suburbs who must tremble in fear in front of their TVs.

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However, there’s another contributing factor to the rise in crime rates that Fox News largely ignores because it’s not helpful for scaring your grandma: Domestic violence.

While property crime and even other assaults have indeed remained low, cases of people assaulting intimate partners appear to be skyrocketing. Given that the violence of an intimate partner typically account for about 15% of all violent crimesThis outburst of violence is sure to have a significant impact on the overall picture of violent crime in the United States because national statistics tend to take time to gather and therefore lag. again after a few years, it’s hard to get hard numbers from the bird seen by the eye, although sociologists have estimated that Domestic violence increased by more than 8% due to the pandemic. Statistics coming in from around the country suggest the picture could be even worse.

Domestic homicide seems to be increasing faster than homicide in general in many places.

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Philadelphia’s Overall homicide rate increased by 55% since 2019, but the homicide rate in the country is even worse – it’s doubled only in the past year. Some of the murders in Philadelphia have really shaken the community. Jessica Covington, a 32-year-old pregnant woman, murdered while unpacking a baby shower gift. Sykea Patton, 24 years old, killed in front of her twin sons. Her ex-boyfriend was arrested for this crime.

Coalition Against Domestic Violence in Indiana Domestic homicides increased by 181% from July 2020 to July 2021 year over year. In Ohio, Domestic homicides increased by 62% during the pandemic, and 86% of homicides are committed by firearms. Iowa has seen a similar increase in domestic homicides, which had been on the rise even before the pandemic due to increasingly lax state restrictions on guns.

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In fact, respondents also reported a significant increase, Even to 911 calling for domestic violence and everyone to contact help from domestic violence hotlines. ONE domestic violence shelter in Santa Cruz, California, reports that “the number of our services nearly doubled between 2019 and 2020” Another person in Illinois reports a 40% increase in calls. The The Tampa Bay Times reports that the local domestic violence agency saw a 35% increase in calls from July 2020 to July 2021. There was also a significant increase in reports of strangulation, often seen as the top red flag. for the ability to kill.

All in all, it’s a sad picture.

As Rose Wong of the Tampa Bay Times notes, pandemic-related stressors such as “financial insecurity, threats of illness, homeschooling, loss of routines and social opportunities” may contribute part. And pandemic mitigations “like social distancing, working from home and remote learning” are an abuser’s dream. Often, abusers have to go through a lot of beatings and emotional degradation to isolate the victim socially from friends and family members who might intervene. During the pandemic, however, the virus did the job for them.

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All of which is why meeting with Senator Joe Manchin, DW.Va., try to kill the Build Better Again bill proposed by President Joe Biden. Although the bill does not address domestic violence directly, many of its provisions can help victims get out of a bad situation. Many women are stuck at home and have even had to give up their jobs as the pandemic has disrupted their access to childcare. For those in an abusive relationship, that means losing a path to the outside world and a source of income that allows them to escape. A bill like Build Back Better, which would expand access to childcare and ease money for parents, would help so many women restart their lives away from their abusers. .

Meanwhile, the rise in domestic violence really underscores Fox News and other right-wing media’s use of “crime” as a way to incite hysterical and reactionary sentiment as deceitful as how. Crime is a problem, but it is frequently caused or exacerbated by right-wing policies and social favors.

The position of women in society actually proved rather precarious – after decades of right-wing opposition to feminist demands for equal rights in both the home and the workplace. It poses a situation where countless women fall into abusive situations, unable to get out. Not that you know it from watching Fox News, continuing to pretend to be “criminal” is a thing that mostly happens among strangers and ignores the grim reality of people hurting those they know. – usually the people they are closest to. The real crime wave that Fox News is ignoring: Domestic violence on the rise

Huynh Nguyen

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