Falling Behind on Domestic ViolenceOctober 9th, 2007 by josh farley
Josh Farley writes:
The Kitsap County Courthouse had a busy Columbus Day, especially at the superior court arraignment calendar. That’s where defendants are brought before a judge to hear their charges for the first time.
Typically, corrections officers at the Kitsap County jail after a weekend bring about eight to 10 inmates, handcuffed together, into superior courtroom 212 and have them sit in the jury box until it’s their turn to approach the bench.
On Monday, three sets of inmates were brought up from the jail, a larger-than-average group by most standards. And much of the crime was domestic violence.
So why so many domestic arrests?
It may have something to do with a change in the weather.
Domestic violence seems to increase when the weather goes south, and thus more couples and families spend more time indoors. That increase leads some to have further domestic troubles, and experience a little more cabin fever.
“When the weather changes and it’s raining, people get stuck in the house,” said David Lewis, a Kitsap County domestic violence specialist who helps residents attain protection orders. “In the summer time, when you get mad, you leave. When it’s raining, who’s gonna take the walk then?”
I’ll be doing a story on this today, and I’d like to hear your thoughts on this analysis.
(Note: The above photo is not of the Kitsap County Courthouse.)