At best, here in America, we are still dealing with the vestiges of legally enforced patriarchy. At worst, many areas of the country have never sincerely addressed gender-based discrimination and violence. The winner of this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, the South Carolina Post and Courier’s series, “Till Death Do Us Part,” reveals how violence against women in the United States exhibits the same patterns and causes as violence against women in countries around the world.
The South Carolina report acutely brings to light the fact that domestic violence in the United States generally follows global trends. As in other parts of the world, there are insufficient resources for victims and insufficient prosecution of perpetrators. Judicial enforcement of court orders is inadequate, and community attitudes and lack of understanding normalize and minimize intimate partner violence. In the United States, approximately 24.8 percent, or 38 million women will experience intimate partner violence. This rate of violence puts it among the ranks of Haiti, El Salvador, Germany and Jordan when it comes to domestic violence.