CBS Evening News (Television program). Katie Couric Investigates. [2009-01--excerpts], Domestic Abuse Inside the US Military


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CBS Evening News (Television program). Katie Couric Investigates. [2009-01--excerpts], Domestic Abuse Inside the US Military
Summary: "In this investigative series, Katie Couric takes a hard look how well the Army is tackling the issue of domestic violence, seven years after Congressional demands for action and the Pentagon's promise to clean up its act. What Couric reveals, over two nights, is that domestic violence rates have been steadily rising over the last decade, despite Army reports to the contrary... with over TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND Army cases since 2001, an alarmingly high number.

"In the series, Couric also identifies for the first time, at least 90 Army spouses' slain as a result domestic violence disputes around the country -- over HALF in the last few years involving active duty soldiers who saw action in Iraq. Women like Tara Pitts, who sought a restraining order just days before she was murdered by her husband, Sgt. James Pitts. In an exclusive interview, Pitts describes how he drowned his wife -- pushing her head under water in a bathtub -- after the military failed to get him the help he needed when he returned from a tour in Iraq.

"We also found that the level of violence was also escalating around some of the largest Army installations -- bases like Fort Hood -- through an examination of police records and court filings, with over 200 cases reported 'off-base' each month. And when these incidents involved a deadly weapon, we found another troubling trend -- in CASE after CASE, these soldiers were put on probation rather than serving time... enabling them to be re-deployed"--2009 Peabody Awards entry form.

Corporate Producers: CBS News | CBS Television Network

Persons Appearing: Katie Couric (Anchor; Correspondent)

Broadcast Date: 2009-01-28 -- 2009-01-29