Video of Beyonce's Family Fighting, Stirs Conversation About Domestic Violence
GAINESVILLE - In one corner of North Central Florida there are nearly two thousand arrests for domestic violence every year. Its not just men attacking women and its not just "average joes." The elevator fight involving Beyonce Knowles' family has started a conversation about domestic violence here in North Central Florida.
When video surveillance of Beyoncé's family fighting in an elevator surfaced, and started asking questions. Tweets and posts online show fans wondering about many things including a possible double standard about women who attack men.
Some say it looked like the fight to end all fights. A family argument had beyonce's sister-- Solange hitting and kicking her brother-in-law, Jay-Z. Andre Shelley a Gainesville fan said, "You know family messes up… it's all part of life, it's part of living.”
While for some the whole thing may not be a big deal, for others it has caused concern about the way society views women and men. One comment on our Facebook page says if things would have happened the other way around-- "Everyone would be demanding he [Jay-Z] be arrested and it would be the end of his career."
I also spoke to Dr. Theresa Beachy the Executive Director of Peaceful Paths, a local domestic abuse network. She says there's a difference between a traditional family dispute and one between intimate partners. The biggest factor there-- the levels of fear.
"The difference between this and say something like the rihanna situation was that chris brown and rihanna were in a consensual relationship intimate partnership and there was definitely a battering history there was a domination," Dr. Beachy said.
And its not uncommon. In Peaceful Paths' service area of Alachua, Bradford, and Union counties, almost 2,000 people are arrested every year for domestic violence.
Evan Hawes, a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist has been practicing in Gainesville for four years, he says there is a stereotype that men are usually the aggressors.
"I had a case years ago where a woman bashed her husband's head with a frying pan and the man walked to the police station to report it and the police laughed at him... Males typically under report due to male stereotype of not wanting to seem weak and females under report due to stockholm syndrome and battered wife syndrome," Hawes said.
Viewers have been talking about this on our Facebook page. One comment reads "Of course there's a double standard but if you dare to point it out you'll be labeled sexist." And another reads, "It may not be right but when it's family.... Are you really gonna put your sister-in-law in jail...?"
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