We don't like to get political here at Dogtor Barker but how many times do we have to hear about someone associated with Donald Trump physically abusing women and the president downplaying or dismissing the claims regardless of how credible they appear?
This week, Rob Porter, White House staff secretary resigned amid public pressure when it was found out that his two former wives have accused him of beating them during fits of rages. It's hard to know which is worse... the fact that the White House had known about the accusations for months or that the president, after finding out about Porter's alleged abuse could only praise the work that he had done and hope for his future career success.
John Kelly, White House chief of staff, has told officials in the West Wing that he is willing to resign over his handling of this situation but the reality seems to be that the White House takes claims of violence against women lightly and will attempt to downplay events until forced by public opinion to take action. As a result, it is difficult to believe that any real change will happen as a result of this and in a few days another crisis will push this to the background.
Domestic violence is significantly more common than most people assume: One in four women will experience severe physical violence from a partner at some point in her lifetime, according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you are, or get involved in a relationship where you feel you are being abused, seek help as soon as you can. You are not alone.
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