Family Feuds

Private violence goes public

President Reagan took a step toward drawing domestic violence out of the shadows last week. He appointed a task force to study how government can help allay what he called "the darker side to family life in America." The nine-member panel, headed by Detroit Police Chief William Hart, will hold hearings across the country starting in November and submit a report on how federal and state governments should cope with spouse and child abuse as well as mistreatment of the elderly. The announcement marked a change in policy for the Federal Government, which had traditionally left such abuses...

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