‘Cabin Fever’ in Cold Weather Can Cause Uptick in Domestic Violence, Experts Say

Young and poor, Bonnie Bucqueroux said she worried every time the weather turned cold and she was housebound with her abusive husband and had nowhere to turn.

“I married at 18 because my parents didn’t like my boyfriend,” she told “But I discovered in the first six months he had a very violent streak. In elementary school, he almost killed another student — he almost choked him to death.”

One night in the middle of a Michigan snowstorm, he took his “cabin fever” out on Bucqueroux, she said.

“He was a heavy drinker and often I found myself in a bad situation, trapped in our trailer with not enough money for a phone,” she said.

“One snowy evening, I walked into the kitchen just to try and sweep up the floor. I didn’t know he had crept up behind me. For some reason, he grabbed me and threw me across the room, bouncing me off the cabinets. He kicked me and threw me out in the snow and locked the door.”

Bucqueroux said she was so “profoundly humiliated,” she couldn’t even seek help from a neighbor. So, she banged on the trailer door, begging her husband to let her back in.

“It was 1962 — there were no shelters and no place to go,” she said.

Today, Bucqueroux, 69 and long widowed, teaches at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism and was the former coordinator of its Victims and the Media program.

When the weather turns bitter cold, as it has been across the country this week, she worries about an uptick in domestic violence.

Domestic violence charges against ’127 Hours’ amputee dismissed

Aron Ralston, who became famous for amputating his forearm in an ordeal portrayed in the film 127 Hours, was jailed following a weekend domestic dispute with his girlfriend in Colorado. Denver authorities dismissed assault charges against him Monday.

Ralston, and girlfriend Vita Shannon, both 38, were arrested and jailed Sunday for domestic violence and “wrongs to minors” after Shannon allegedly struck Ralston and he shoved her. Charging documents say they were arguing. The couple have an 8-week-old daughter who was at the couple’s home.

Domestic Violence Often Gets Distorted In Court

The numbers are disturbingly high: 1 in 3 women in America will experience rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks to Michelle Kaminsky, a bureau chief in the Domestic Violence Bureau in Brooklyn and Oliver Williams, Co-Director of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community, about the state of domestic violence in the U.S

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Dallas County’s felony court judges begin fast-tracking domestic violence cases

Dallas County felony court judges, in their own nod to the recent attention being paid to domestic violence issues both nationally and locally, will now fast-track cases of family violence and those with child victims to help curb future attacks.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but state District Judge Rick Magnis, who led the speedy-trial move among his Dallas County colleagues, said he has long wanted to find ways to improve how domestic violence cases are handled.

“We know the older the cases get, the weaker they get and it increases the trauma for the victims,” said Magnis, the presiding judge of the felony courts. “We also know that sometimes these cases are not guiltys.”

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Texas bar makes domestic violence joke to sell beer

There are some things in life you just don’t joke about. Domestic violence is one of them. A downtown Austin bar learned that lesson the hard way over the weekend. An employee at Minibar posted what he no doubt thought was an eye-catching message on a sidewalk chalkboard, promoting the bar’s assortment of domestic beers. It sure did catch plenty of attention … but for all the wrong reasons.

The message: “I like my beer like I like my violence: domestic.”

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