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Missouri Takes Lead Reducing Gun and Domestic Violence

David R. Usher Wrote: Feb 11, 2013 3:59 PM
It is far more likely to succeed than current restraining orders, which are not targeted and blow up the family. Traditional restraining orders result in an unfocused fight over kids, cars, bank accounts, and candlesticks. Our targeted restraining order narrows things down to 2 choices: seek recovery or "you lose it all". That is the biggest problem: placing the substance abuser where they only have two choices. Carrot and stick works far better than what we do today. Ask any substance abuse treatment center or spouse living with a substance abuser about this. The most frustrating thing in the whole world is to know that your spouse is a substance abuser, and you can't do anything about it except live with it or get a divorce.
Kibitzer Wrote: Feb 11, 2013 7:57 PM
Well I worked in a military abuse treatment program while I was in the military, and the main thing I learned from that experience is that before a substance abuser can be helped, they have to first realize that they have a problem and second they have to want to do something about it. Two rehabilitated heroin addicts that I met while working in that program both told me that they were not free of the drug. They weren't using it at the time and were able to resist the urges to use it, but that they would likely revert to its use if things in their lives went bad.

Missouri House Bill 402 is a major step forward reducing gun violence, domestic violence, and other forms of serious violence. For decades, federal and state policy attempting to impact these growing problems failed because the policies were pointed in the wrong direction.

Substance abuse in the family is the leading factor and primary driver of many kinds of gun-related crimes, domestic violence, and other offenses.

Substance abuse is tightly bound to domestic violence. Three-quarters of serious domestic violence is associated with substance abuse at the time of violence (Fig 3). This statistic does not include substance abusers who...