HuffPo A simple idea to reduce domestic violence…

HuffPo: A simple idea to reduce domestic violence: ‘Free lawyers’:

A report released Tuesday is proposing a simple way to reduce domestic violence: Give victims free lawyers. 

Lawyers are expensive, and women who need them often can’t afford them. Without legal counsel, it can be harder for women to get protective orders, leave their abusive partners and escape the cycle of violence. And women stuck in violent relationships tend to miss work because of injury or rack up hospital bills they can never pay off, according to the report by The Institute for Policy Integrity, a nonpartisan think tank.

With one in four women in the U.S. estimated to become victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime, this dynamic has major economic repercussions. As the report notes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that domestic violence costs the U.S. at least $9.05 billion each year.

Providing free or subsidized legal representation to victims, the report concludes, may reduce domestic violence and would be cost-effective as it would likely result in lower associated health care and legal costs.

As many in the comments note, domestic violence is not sexist – both women and men suffer at each others’ hands. And the idea that providing free anything – let alone free lawyers – will reduce the cost of government is ridiculous.

So how is this “simple?”

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