It is now 2011 and Domestic violence is not the taboo issue that our mothers and fathers had to deal with during their younger times. It was a concern for past generations as it is a concern with ours. We are simply more open and able to address its severity. This article unfortunately caught my eye because I have seen this behavior in many returning Veterans. These are men and women who have never once thought about placing their hands on their loved ones, and now find themselves engulfed in anger and violence. http://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/12902.aspx
According to the research one in the Veterans Administration (VA), a male veterans with PTSD is two to three times more likely than veterans without PTSD to engage in intimate partner violence. To take that at face value is difficult to say the least. They are not saying that all veterans with PTSD are going to commit domestic violence. What they are saying is that simply returning from the war with PTSD is not enough to ensure a healthy reintegration in a family life. The VA is currently arranging couples retreats, family vacations, relationship counseling seminars, and various other programs to ensure that this does not spiral out of control. The VA is making a statement and asking a question at the same time "Are we going to let this happen to those who put it all on the line? Or are we going to help them get back to a life they remember?" Domestic Violence is a scary thought and I am glad to see that the Veterans Administration is trying to open eyes and make these programs they are organizing happen.