Do you think all domestic violence victims are women?

The majority of domestic violence victims are women it is true. But not all.

Steven, 24,  and Elizabeth Sauls, 21, were reportedly involved in an argument Tues. During the argument, allegedly Elizabeth decided to leave with their 4 young children.  Reportedly Steven asked to use the cell phone, as the couple did not have a telephone and another argument ensued. Elizabeth went to leave and in the process, she reportedly ran over Steven's foot.

Police said that there were no visable marks on either of the Saul's, but police said that according to rescue personnel, Steven's foot was injured.

Elizabeth was cited for domestic battery and released, as her husband was being taken to the hospital, and someone was needed to care for their 4 children, with ages ranging from 5 months to 5 years.

To further complicate matters, Elizabeth is serving 5 years probation as a result of a 2005 conviction on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a drug premise. Reportedly, she was caught smoking marijuana during a children's birthday party.

http://www.bentoncourier.com/articles/2006/04/22/news/74hnews.txt

 Now this bugs me. She was cited for domestic battery then released to care for children. I don't care that she is the children's mother. I don't care that she is a female. She is cited for domestic battery- in front of those children. I can understand that this was an injury that most likely resulted from a moment of anger. I can even understand that it is possible that Steven stepped forward at just the wrong moment as she was attempting to drive away.

But, to release those kids back to her, without a hearing to determine her culpability in the injury- I just don't understand that. Had the circumstances been reversed- had Elizabeth been the one taken to the hospital and Steven the one being charged- likely he would not have been given the kids at that point. I feel that was done, mainly because she was female and a mother. And I don't care. Male or female, a victim is a victim, and a perpetrator is a perpetrator and they should be treated the same no matter what sex they are.

Elizabeth was already on probation for illegal behavior in front of children. I am curious what will happen if she is convicted this time.

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2 Comments

  1. ben said,

    March 16, 2008 at 3:15 am

    nothing happened she has been convicted on several things since the police in shannon hills arkansas are so crooked it does not matter they will not put you in jail because that requires calling county deputies out thier then they take over and the city does not get the money from the fines they could have giving you

  2. ben said,

    March 16, 2008 at 3:16 am

    I KNOW THIS BECAUSE STEVEN IS MY BEST FRIEND AND MY MOTHER AND YOUNGER BROTHER LIVE THIER


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