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Can All Domestic Violence Offenders Be Rehabilitated?

Actor Shelley Malil is led out of the courtroom after being found guilty in a...

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Above: Actor Shelley Malil is led out of the courtroom after being found guilty in an attempted murder trial in Vista, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010.

Can All Domestic Violence Offenders Be Rehabilitated?


Jessica Yaffa, president, San Diego Domestic Violence Council


Actor Shelley Malil was granted parole Tuesday after serving eight years for nearly killing his girlfriend in her San Marcos home.

Malil stabbed Kendra Beebe 23 times in August 2008. He was sentenced to 12 years to life for the attack.

Malil's case garnered attention, in part, because of his role in "The 40-Year-Old Virgin."

California Gov. Jerry Brown and San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan have expressed disappointment with the decision to grant Malil parole.

“You know, (victims go through) so much pain and trauma. Their whole life is just a different life (after) being so close to death. And so eight years just does not seem sufficient to protect the community and to protect that victim. She’s been re-traumatized knowing that this person is going to be released," Stephan told KPBS Midday Edition. "We do believe in rehabilitation but we believe that when a violent crime of this nature is committed, the person should remain in custody.”

Jessica Yaffa is the president of the San Diego Domestic Violence Council. She trains professionals on how to assess and respond to domestic violence. She is also a survivor of domestic violence. Yaffa joins Midday on Thursday to discuss how to assess whether a domestic violence offender can be rehabilitated.


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