Mel Gibson Guilty of Domestic Violence?

.tags Is Mel Gibson Guilty of Domestic Violence?

I don’t know what actor Mel Gibson did or didn’t do to his former girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva. I also don’t know whether or not Mr. Gibson has anger management issues.

What I do know is that he’s been in the news because of his inability to control himself. And I also know that according to published reports (People), Grigorieva, recently filed a restraining order against Gibson alleging that the actor and director struck her in the face.

I also know that domestic violence (also known as domestic abuse, spousal abuse, or intimate partner violence) occurs when a family member, partner or ex-partner attempts to physically or psychologically dominate another. And while civil and criminal laws, if used, can help protect those who can’t protect themselves, there seems to be a big challenge with getting the police and courts to impose and charge violators with these laws.

Tragically, recent statistics show that more than 1,865 females were murdered by males in single victim/single offender incidents in 2007. And according to the Centers for Disease Control, domestic violence is a serious, preventable public health problem affecting more than 32 million Americans, or more than 10% of the U.S. population.

I don’t care who you are or what you do. Domestic violence is without excuse and unacceptable. If you’d like legal commentary on the Mel Gibson investigation or, a legal analysis concerning the problem of domestic violence, please feel free to contact me at your convenience.
Celebrities, just like everyone else, need to understand that there are consequences to their decisions and actions.


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