It is not uncommon for a victim to request contact, and even undergo marriage counseling, with their spouse - even after a serious assault.
I hope that the therapist that the Burkes meet with is thoroughly trained in the dynamics of domestic violence. And I hope that they each engage in individual counseling:
- Shannon: to understand and change his attitude about the reasons why he felt it was acceptable to use a gun to threaten his wife; and
- Catherine: to develop a comprehensive safety plan.