Thumbs down: Striking mistake
Domestic violence is party specific by no means. A recent instance may seem to be a strike against the GOP column with the arrest of Fishers businessman James Wallace. Yes, Wallace is a Republican, but the party gets credit for its seeming foresight: Wallace earlier failed to gain enough signatures to make the ballot in the Republican gubernatorial primary. Here's hoping Wallace, who pleaded guilty to a charge of intimidation in a previous reltaionship, responds to anger management counseling [remembering, of course, he is innocent until proven guilty], even more so that his wife and the 5-year-old daughter, who witnessed the reported attack, are able to find healing and peace. This marks just one instance in an ongoing societal plague — in a September 2011 survey of Indiana domestic violence hotlines, operators answered more than 18 calls per hour in one 24-hour period. In that same day, while 1,839 victims were served in shelters and at counseling centers, 218 requests — mostly for safe housing — remained unmet, underscoring an ongoing need for donations of time and treasure. Contact the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence at icadvinc.org to get involved.