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You can call me an idealist and a dreamer, but I would like to see a similar program created for young people contemplating romance. Love isn't a lark or a thrill. It's not something you can take lightly like some romp in the daisies. Love is serious business, and it can turn ugly real fast. The first stop on my tour would be Courtroom 1, the domestic violence unit. This is where Temporary Protective Orders (TPOs) are issued at the request of one or both parties in a failed relationship. Love has turned to violence, or at least the allegation of violence, and the same passion that drew people together is now blowing them apart.
When you think of domestic violence, you may have a stereotypical image of a rough, abusive man and a weak, innocent woman who needs to be protected from him, but that's too simplistic. The man and woman form a system, and it can be hard to assign either party to a "good" or "bad" category. Although the male half is more likely to be the physical aggressor, the female half is rarely innocent. At the least, she allowed herself to be blinded by love. At worst, she is an aggressor herself and may be using the TPO system as a weapon against her former flame. It can be a messy situation, which of course makes for great theatre.
[To be continued.]
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