Shelter From The Storm Essay

1561 words - 6 pages


Domestic Violence is a prevalent issue facing men and women in the United States. The only way to put an end to domestic violence is to acknowledge it and report it. With the help of the government, local charities and the concern of Tucson community members, many different resources have been created to help and support victims of domestic violence as well as rape.

Every year in the United States hundreds of thousands of domestic violence crimes are committed, many of which go unreported. According to a National Crime Victimization survey, "over two-thirds of violent victimization against women were by someone known to them"(Bachman, pg.1). Approximately 5% were relatives other than husbands, 35% were aquantences, and nearly 28% were intimates such as husbands or boyfriends. Females experienced more than 10 times as many incidences of violence by their companion than males. Women experience 572,032 violent victimizations by their significant other, while the number of incidents for men has been 48,983 on average, each year. In an article to Health Care Providers, it has been reported that medical expenses associated with domestic violence have accelerated to $3-5 billion dollars annually and continues to rise. "Almost 6 times as many women victimized by intimates (18%) as those victimized by strangers (3%) did not report their violent victimization to police because they feared reprisal from the offender"(Bachman, p.1). In the Greater Tucson area approximately 16,000 charges are filed each year, at least half of which result in in-custody arrests. A statistics report from the Tucson Police Department for the twelve month period of March 1998 to February 1999 shows that only 384 phone calls were received on sexual assault. 1209 calls were received reporting offenses against family-child. These numbers are very alarming, but even more alarming is the countless domestic violence occurrences that go unreported each year. Too many people experience some degree of domestic violence and go without reporting it due to fear, insecurity, and even not knowing whom to turn to. There is no excuse for domestic violence, and there is definitely no excuse for not reporting it.

There has been improvement within the Tucson community of reporting domestic violence. In 1991, Pima County Juvenile Court was faced with 431 referrals, by 1998 there were 1,210. According to Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall, the Victim Witness program deals with 2,400 victims of domestic violence a year. "It’s the fastest-growing crime among Pima County juveniles, she added"(Cook). In actuality, it is the fastest-growing reported crime. With the increased rate of reports there has been an increased rate of support to those in need. Now that it is apparent that there is help available, the question to answer is: "Where do I turn now?" The following groups have created shelters and places to turn when someone has become the victim of...


Seamus Heaney’s Storm on the Island and Walt Whitman’s Patrolling

1050 words - 4 pages prepared; we build our houses squat”, Heaney also makes it clear that there is no company or shelter on the island “Nor are there trees that might prove company when it blows full blast”. Throughout the poem Heaney is describing the elements that have to be faced during a storm, he describes the wind, the sea and the fear they produce. In contrast to Heaney, Whitman begins his poem with a prompt and vivid description of the storm and his

"The storm" by Kate Chopin Essay

722 words - 3 pages at thestore. Bobinot's wife, Calixta, is home alone, tending to thehousehold chores. Calixta's is not aware of the stormapproaching, although she is married and has a child, she isunaware of the sexuality and passion within her.As Calixta is gathering up the laundry, Alcee Laballiereenters the yard, seeking shelter from the coming storm. Myfirst impression of Alcee is that he is pretty well off in theworld. Although I see Bobinot as a simple man

Journal on The Storm by Kate Chopin (Does The Storm excuse the adultery?)

778 words - 3 pages The storm sets in motion the chain of events that leads to the characters’ adultery. Do you think the storm excuses the characters in any way from responsibility for their actions?In her short story “The Storm”, Kate Chopin creates a situation where two people give in to their sexual desire with the help of the outside setting. Although the threatening appearance of the storm does incite the deep rooted emotion; the couple is not

"The Storm" By Kate Chopin This essay is a symbolic analysis of "The Storm".

683 words - 3 pages Alcee to come in out of the rain for safety or letting him stand on her gallery with the wind and rain beating down on him. Once she had chosen to allow him to enter her house, she began to panic and worry not only that what she was getting herself into was wrong, but also about her family who was still stuck out in the storm. The panic Calixta felt was caused by mixed emotions and a sense of isolation from the rest of the world. The storm caused

Storms of Passion and Nature: Kate Chopin's "The Storm"

1317 words - 5 pages innocence as he requests shelter from the gathering storm. The way the story is told the very atmosphere is charged with electricity and sexual tension caused by the storm and the unexpected arrival of Alcee.She allows herself to accept the inevitable feelings to grow, as she in the back of her mind is concerned for the welfare of her husband and son. She silently prays for their safety and truly hopes they have not left Friedheimer's store.Both

Plane Crash-Case Study

1571 words - 6 pages stick together and work on finding the shelter, while the last one of us, who was good with electronics, worked on getting the radio to work. We found an area about a ¼ mile from the beach. The area was shaded from the sun most of the day and the elevation was much higher that that of the beach. We figured with the possibility of the storm hitting us that we needed to find higher ground. We started to gather anything we could find to help

Ice Storm of 1998

1993 words - 8 pages The Ice Storm of 1998 was the worst ice storm in Canadian history. It was the most costly natural disaster in Canada ever and Environmental Canada concluded that this weather disaster affected more people than any other previous weather event in Canadian history26. The storm had formed on January 5th, 1998 and dissipated January 10th, 199821. This storm was a combination of meteorological events, specifically moist warm air from the Gulf of

The Great Hurricane of 1938

1583 words - 6 pages the Atlantic Ocean to around the Cape Verde Islands. This should have been the first sign to the Weather Bureau to watch this particular storm. Although storms born off of the Sahara Desert were more likely to become nothing, there was still a slight chance it would develop from the unstable air combining with moisture built up from the heat of the equator off of the islands. The first mistake the Jacksonville’s weather bureau made was to call

Passage of the storm in King Lear Act III

1019 words - 4 pages own mortality and human frailty and to develop a sense of humility, a trait he has never possessed before. Lear determines in his mind, that he would "meet the bear," of the physical storm before confronting the "filial ingratitude," of his daughters. Although the physical storm, what the bear symbolizes, it ferocious, wild, and untamed, Lear feels as if he has the option to go inside and receive shelter from it. However, there is nothing he can

"The Storm" by Kate Chopin.

1090 words - 4 pages situation as the storm hits. The storm is described as a violent one, with thrashing winds and blinding rain. The cracking of the thunder is frightening to Calixta, and jump-starts an emotional reunion between her and Alcee.Alcee takes shelter in Calixta and her husband, Bobintot's home before the storm begins. Alcee, hearing the rumble of the thunder and the uneasy voice of Calixta, tries to comfort her. While the rain beats against the door, he


982 words - 4 pages an inner hallway or a smaller inner room without windows. Go to the center of the room and get under a piece of sturdy furniture such as a workbench or heavy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck. Mobile homes are particularly vulnerable. So if you are in one, make sure you get out of it and take shelter in a building with a strong foundation. If shelter is not available, lie in a ditch or low-lying area a safe distance away from

Similar Essays

Adopting A Pet From The Shelter

1006 words - 5 pages So you've decided that adopting a pet from the shelter is something that is of interest to you. That is a wonderful and noble thing that you want to do, as there are so many loving pets just waiting to be adopted, finding their forever home. When adopting a pet, there are many things that one must take into consideration, before making the long-lasting commitment to love and care for a pet. The first thing you need to ask yourself before

Personal Narrative: My Encounter With The Woman From The Homeless Shelter

1336 words - 5 pages marking scratches and bite marks. No part of her body was left unharmed. Her skin hung from her arms, and her emaciated body colored black and blue looked too limp to stand. As she removed her sweatshirt, I saw her story come to life; all the pain and discomfort that she once felt, I felt as well. Since I had started volunteering at the abuse shelter, I had learned to have no emotion or have any connection to the abused women that begged for my

Analyzing "The Storm." Essay

892 words - 4 pages . Deciding to wait out the storm, they remain inside. Meanwhile, Calixta is at home sewing and unaware of the storm. Soon realizing the storm is approaching, she begins frantically running about the house closing windows and doors and retrieving clothes left on the porch. Seeking shelter from the rain, Alcee approaches as Calixta steps on to her front porch. Chopin writes, "As she stepped outside, Alcee Laballiere rode in at the gate

Analyzing "The Storm." Essay

973 words - 4 pages storm, they remain inside. Meanwhile, Calixta is at home sewing and unaware of the storm. Soon realizing the storm is approaching, she begins frantically running about the house closing windows and doors and retrieving clothes left on the porch.Seeking shelter from the rain, Alcee approaches as Calixta steps on to her front porch. Chopin writes, "As she stepped outside, Alcee Laballiere rode in at the gate" (96). By providing a terrible storm