The issue of domestic violence is one that cuts to the heart of our ideas about public safety and our relationships with each other. It’s a scary issue — one that just doesn’t seem to go away.
But in considering things like domestic violence, we don’t always evaluate the whole context of the situation. We think of violence as occurring in a kind of vacuum, between one person and another, without considering the role of the community.
However, public planners know that communities often have a long way to go to really protect their residents and safe environments. One example is in law enforcement.
A Closer Look at the Issue
We’ve seen in the past years how Charlottesville police are improving their responses to domestic violence cases. There’s a dedication and commitment to keep working with the local population to keep these types of violent behaviors and criminal activities rare and infrequent. This is just a small part of how law enforcement works to curb violent behaviors and antisocial criminal acts that damage the fabric of the neighborhoods that we live in, while also ruining individual lives.
We applaud these crime fighters and the public planners and managers who back them. We applaud the safety groups who work tirelessly to promote the welfare of the weakest among us. And, in some cases, personal injury lawyers work with them to try to figure out whether there was something more that could’ve been done for a victim.
The larger context often involves whether the community has reasonable protocols and safeguards in place for handling the violence that occurs in public life. This is just one component of creating vibrant health and safety campaigns that save lives. You can look to the safety programs at the University of Virginia, a central part of Charlottesville’s landscape that’s also one of the largest employers in the region. You can look at the downtown mall, where various offices help to create a safe public commercial space.
The real commitment means a top to bottom look at the welfare of residents in a given area. As personal injury lawyers, we do our best to add our eyes and ears to that equation. Residents who feel they’ve been victimized or injured because of someone else’s carelessness or negligence can ask us about their rights in a court of law.
Professional personal injury attorneys are a part of the puzzle, a step in the process of helping make sure that those who are victimized have somewhere to turn. Injury attorneys look to establish whether any third-party liability applies to a case and whether there is any responsibility to compensate an injury victim for medical bills, pain and suffering or other costs.
Get Legal Help From a Virginia Injury Law Firm
If you’ve sustained injuries from a domestic incident, talk to a personal injury lawyer at MartinWren, P.C. We’ll keep you informed every step of the way about your legal options and likely court outcomes. Let us help you fight for your rights under the law and bring a personal injury case through Central VA courts.