Jan/Feb 2012 LD Topic: Domestic Violence

The National Forensics League has released the topic for Jan/Feb 2012.

Resolved: It is morally permissible for victims to use deadly force as a deliberate response to repeated domestic violence.

  • Im just a tad butthurt. I wish the NFL didn’t chose topics

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    • Added a poll to vote on whether you think “nullifying the topic” is a good idea.

  • michael hassin


  • Meh…it’s not that bad. I really wish the NFL chose the targeted killing topic though. It would’ve been fun to see a lot of debates on that topic at the TOC. This probably was my 4th favorite topic on the list, so I’m not that upset. However, I kind of think the aff is screwed in the definition debate. The neg can just say something like, “If a kid gets hit twice in two days by his dad, that means he can shoot his dad.” 

    • Alex Smith

      except that “domestic violence” is a term of art that refers to spousal abuse, not child abuse. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domestic_violence

      • It’s not limited to just spousal abuse, domestic violence includes spousal and child abuse. I would post a source, but yours works fine.

        • Alex Smith

          Please point to language on that page that indicates that domestic violence includes child abuse. Other than the definition it cites from Merriam-Webster’s, there is no indication that domestic violence could include child abuse. Indeed, this reading would be pretty hard to square with the fact that the “Effect on Children” section of the article states that “3.3 million children ‘witness’ domestic violence” (emphasis added) but cites no statistic indicating the number of children who are themselves victims of domestic violence. Seriously, this is a topic about partner violence, and I don’t see any compelling reason to read it to include anything about violence inflicted by adults upon children. 

          • Rebar Niemi

            i think there are disads to your narrow reading of the topic smitty, but i’d agree that in most of the lit people are talking exclusively about spousal violence