The has been some really interesting conversation over in the comments thread for the post 'Beaten', while I don't have a lot of time to reply to comments I do read each and every one.
The very next day we were called to a woman who had been assaulted. We arrived to find her talking to two police officers in her house, she had been punched in the face and would have a black eye coming up soon. They were getting details on the male who had assaulted her.
The story was fairly simple. The male was her ex-boyfriend but she had stopped seeing him some weeks ago, however he kept coming to her place to persuade her that he still wanted to date her. This time though he had seen fit to break into the house and then to punch her in the face.
The police knew of the male and were trying to get the woman to press charges.
For some reason she didn't want to.
Was it because she knew him and worried that he would come back and kill her if the police were involved? Was it because she didn't want to go through the trouble of the courts? Or was it some other reason? I couldn't understand it myself, but then, having never been beaten, I don't expect I would.
So the police could only refer her to the domestic violence team and leave the patient in our care.
Sometimes I'd like more 'closure' in my work.
For some reason Amazon has reverted to an old draft cover for my book. It makes me glad that we went for the one we did. Amazon should be changing it back soon, so hurry if you are interested. Also, can I take this time to mention that 'Blood, Sweat and Tea' would make a wonderful Christmas present for the whole family (that's one for each family member, not one per family…) Also be prepared for strange posting times as I'm on late shifts this week, which means I can lay in bed as long as I like…