Representative Don Pridemore of Wisconsin doesn't believe in divorce, no matter the circumstances. He has quite a unique take on what a woman should do if her husband is abusing her. According to him, "If they can re-find those reasons and get back to why they got married in the first place it might help."
"If they can" and , "it might help" seems like sure fire solutions to the problem of domestic abuse in Wisconsin or, anywhere else for that matter. Pridemore is just one member of the GOP who is against the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act. The opposition comes from the fact that the Act now includes protection for same sex couples and immigrants and a few new funding expansions that would mean an "expansion" of government. Or so those who speak for the GOP say.
This attitude doesn't bode well for the GOP but it puts women in an even worse position. We've heard lately about limiting women's access to contraception and taking away their choice when it comes to abortion. If the GOP has its way and succeeds in not reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act that will leave 84% of the victims of domestic abuse with fewer legal avenues when it comes to protecting themselves against an abuser.
The GOP needs to put some thought into the position they will find themselves in with women before they litigate this particular issues. I don't know anything other to say except, anyone who believes in social justice and the rights of women AND men, please pay attention. Contact your local senator and congressman and let them know that it is unacceptable to take away the legal right of anyone to protect themselves from domestic abuse.