Domestic violence excuses

To the Editor:

I was very glad to see the letter to the editor from Steve Browne in the Jan. 14 Northwest Herald about the Turning Point wine tasting. It gives me a chance to explain some misconceptions about domestic violence.

First and foremost, alcohol consumption does not cause domestic violence. Abusers make a choice to batter and often they blame that choice on outside influences, including (often) alcohol. But only the abuser is responsible for making that choice. Alcohol is no more responsible than the Bears playing poorly or a bad day at work, to name just two things that abusers often blame for their choice to batter. 

I hope by hosting an event such as this wine tasting, our board of directors is sending a message that responsible, occasional alcohol consumption is OK for most healthy adults and can be part of an event to fight domestic violence and to hold abusers responsible for their choices.

That is not to say that Turning Point is in favor of alcohol abuse. Thank you for your work fighting alcohol abuse and all its ill effects, Steve. We can both agree that alcohol abuse and domestic violence are two big problems facing our communities, and I thank you for your volunteer work and your willingness to speak out.

Jane Farmer

Executive director, Turning Point