With the October being domestic violence month, this story could’t have been published any sooner. Every day someone, male and female, is a victim of domestic violence, yet the issue still seems to be swept under the carpet as if it is no big deal. It not only happens when you’re actually with someone, but it can very well happen when you are in a co-parenting situation as well. I recently was at a Target in San Bernardino printing out a few pictures when a young Hispanic family walked out, and they didn’t just casually walk out. They walked out and made sure everyone noticed their current situation.
To make matters worst, there were two young kids who couldn’t have been no older than 6-years-old. The young woman was heard and seen yelling to the man, who appeared to be her baby’s father, and telling him to “Not touch her”, “Are you really going to hit me in front of my kids”, and “Then be a man up and give me your number”. They stood outside the door for a few seconds before a couple Target Associates intervened prior to the young, separated couples and kids walking to the car.
As I walked outside of the Target, the lady was parked in the first parking stall just a few cars down from my car. I overheard her saying that the guy owed her a lot of money and she was telling someone to hurry up and get to her. That statement right there made it apparent that his was a case of child support gone wrong. The two small children were looking just as confused and terrified as ever.
Coming from the next lane over was an older Black woman, who appeared to be in her late early to mid 50s. She stopped and overheard what was going on before approaching the young woman in an attempt to calm her down in front of the kids. After seeing this incident and interviewing the author of A Survivors Celebration of Life Beyond Domestic Violence, I just had to tie this scenario in as an opening statement to this interview.