Monday, November 17, 2008

Duty

There are duties defined in law for certain relationships: trustees of a fund have a fiduciary duty toward the beneficiaries, for example.

Why isn't domestic violence treated as a violation of a special duty toward a member of your household or family? It's not just ordinary violence against a stranger whose wallet you might want, it's violence against someone who had a reasonable expectation that you would treat them better than you would a random person, and so especially odious. And deserving of special punishment, more punishment or harsher than that applied to stranger violence.

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