Domestic Violence Expert Tina Royles: A Case of Shooting a ‘Perceived’ Intruder or A Case of Domestic Violence – Oscar Pistorius

The Media all around the world is in a frenzy this morning due to the shocking news surrounding the death of Reeva Steenkamp; the model girlfriend of South African Paralympic Superstar Oscar Pistorius.

The news has sent many fans around the world into disbelief.

Pistorius has been arrested with the murder of Steenkamp after it has been ‘alleged’ that she was shot four times, at Pistorius’s home.

There have been news stories circulating that Pistorius who allegedly sleeps with firearms by his bed may have mistaken Steenkamp for an intruder; despite the fact that the home is within a heavily ‘secure’ complex. Other news stories are circulating around the fact that Pistorius has been involved in previous incidents of a ‘Domestic Nature’ although it is not clear who was involved, which was confirmed by the police spokesperson.

If it is a case of Pistorius shooting what he thought to be a burglar, as sad and tragic as that would be, a young woman has still lost her life through the actions ‘allegedly’ of her boyfriend, and Pistorius will have to live with those consequences.

If it is a case of domestic violence, then this will sadly reflect the potential risk involved in any relationship where difficulties are present, and how many cases of domestic violence around the world end with a fatality. If it is domestic violence the lets hope that no preferential treatment is given, or that Pistorius’s fame does not overshadow the proceedings, and that it is seen for what it is – domestic violence.

In a case like this it is easy to speculate and many will, but I am sure over the coming days, weeks and months a clearer picture of events will unfold.

When a clearer picture emerges (if at all) lets hope that ‘Justice’ prevails and appropriate action is taken. This is indeed a sad incident, and a young life has been taken, and our thoughts must be with Steenkamp’s family and friends at this distressing time.

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