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Why not "intimate partner abuse insurance"?

Pat LaMarche has a modest proposal:

Far more women in the United States are victims of domestic violence than are injured in car accidents each year. Using information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and the insurance industry the numbers aren't even close -- battering outstrips crashes roughly two to one. It begs the question why states require car insurance but not intimate partner abuse insurance. Perhaps no law maker's thought of how useful the benefit would be to a victim assaulted by their so-called loved one.

Those folks driven into homelessness as they flee their abuser could argue that the money would be pretty darned handy as they try to provide safety for themselves and -- in many cases -- their children. According to the National Coalition for the Homeless 2007 fact sheet, 22% of parents seeking shelter were fleeing domestic violence.

If there were a payout for these folks the insurance companies might solve problems the government seems incapable of fixing. First of all the abuser's premiums would go up which would punish him or her for beating up their intimate partner or kid. Considering how few penalties there are for abusers this might add a layer of deterrent for someone who otherwise sees no downside to their violent actions. At the National Institute of Justice website you can learn some chilling facts about domestic violence, arrest rates, and conviction rates. For example an alleged abuser is 70% less likely to be convicted if he or she is white. And only about 25% of abusers are arrested if they flee the scene when the cops are called. So if you're white and "hit and run" you only have about a 1 in 12 chance of any real consequence.

Imagine is the stats were that lousy on car accidents and 11 out of 12 times folks had to pay for damage they didn't cause.

And read the post for Penelope's story.

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Submitted by jm on

we could have single-payer and use a portion of the savings to fund shelters and domestic violence prosecution units

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Submitted by RedQueen on

54 violations of a no contact order (the criminal version of a restraining order)

48,000 in unpaid child support

6 months of probation, no jail time for attempted kidnap and assault

The only way to really be safe is to disappear. Cut off friends and family, start over with nothing. And if he finds you, start over with nothing, again.

(I'm not really a violent person, and I'm an atheist, but there have been many many times when I prayed that was killed in a violent car crash)