Wednesday, September 20, 2017

In Re Destiny D. (Cal. Ct. App. - Sept. 11, 2017)

Lest there be any doubt, domestic violence doesn't only harm the direct participants thereto:

"Sergio D., the presumed father of 15-year-old Destiny D., had a history of alcohol abuse and was a current abuser of alcohol . . . . Sergio and Claudia have a long history of engaging in domestic violence in Destiny’s presence. During one incident in August 2016 Sergio held a knife to Claudia’s throat. Destiny intervened to protect her mother; Sergio shoved Destiny, injuring her. . . .

During an interview Claudia told the social worker Sergio had been violent throughout their 18-year relationship, but she had remained with him to keep her family together. Following the August 2016 incident, however, she finally had had enough and obtained the restraining and custody orders to protect herself and Destiny from Sergio.

Destiny confirmed her father’s history of violent behavior toward her mother, stating he had “[p]ut his hands on my mom more times than I can count.” Destiny reported Sergio typically did not hit her, but he did shove and injure her during the August 2016 incident when she tried to defend her mother. Destiny also admitted to engaging in self-harming “cutting” behaviors when she was 13 years old because she had been unable to cope with her parents’ marital conflict."

As a bonus:  "Both Claudia and Destiny stated Sergio abused alcohol regularly and had a history of driving while intoxicated with Destiny in the car."

Children are at least somewhat products of their environment.  Sometimes that's great.  Sometimes not so much.