Exposing the domestic violence industry

The domestic violence industry is at it again. This week Attorney General George Brandis released new domestic violence guidelines for judges and magistrates, spelling out behaviour which is now to be considered domestic violence in our courts. Included in the list: criticizing a partner’s appearance or housework skills, threatening to have an affair, or even remaining silent.

This is just the latest ludicrous example of the influence of the powerful domestic violence lobby group which has such a grip in this country. I’ve been working for most of this year pulling together evidence about the frightening influence of this huge industry.

I’ve just published in the Weekend Australian the first of a planned series of articles on this worrying development – Always Beating Up on Men. See the full article here.

But here in brief are the main points:

Last year Swedish politician Eva Solberg spoke out about the huge social betrayal of children in her country. The problem? The Swedish government’s failed attempts to tackle domestic violence using what she called a “tired gender analysis” that denies women’s role in the violence and blames only men.

“Thanks to extensive research we now know with great certainty this breakdown by sex is simply not true,” Solberg said.

Australia is still in the grip of that tired gender analysis. We are failing to acknowledge the reality faced by most children in violent homes which is two-way couple violence involving both their parents. Our government is spending hundreds of millions of dollars pouring money into the doomed approach which has so thoroughly failed in Sweden.

But here too cracks are starting to emerge. Finally key experts are speaking out about the way this important social issue has been distorted by feminist ideology. Their startling conclusions:

  • There is no epidemic of domestic violence in Australia, says Don Weatherburn, Director of the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research.
  • A tiny 1.06 % of Australian women experience physical violence from their partners, says the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
  • Very few children witnessing their dads terrorizing their mothers but large numbers are being affected by their parents’ two-way couple violence which impacts a third of all couples, says our leading couple expert Professor Kim Halford.
  • A huge domestic violence industry is denying this reality by promoting misleading statistics which whitewash women’s violence and inflate figures concerning male aggression.
  • Legal protection for men falsely accused of violence is eroding as women gain more power to destroy men’s lives, says WA Law Reform Commissioner Augusto Zimmerman.
  • The real risk factors revealed in evidence-based research – like poverty, alcohol and drug abuse – are being ignored while femocrats promote the gender card.
  • There’s long been no help for male victims and their children, no support, no refuges. Our official policy requires male victims seeking help to be treated as perpetrators.
  • Vast sums are being spent on ideologically-based batterers’ programmes shown to be ineffective, says Deakin University violence prevention expert Professor Peter Miller.

One in three Australian victims of domestic violence are men. That’s very similar to the proportion of males to females committing suicide. Imagine the outcry if the smaller number of female suicides was used to justify devoting the entire suicide prevention budget to men.

Yet that’s exactly what’s happening in regard to domestic violence. But finally the real story about domestic violence is starting to be heard. Last week the NSW Government committed to providing $13 million over four years for Victims Services for male victims of domestic violence.  David Leyonhjelm and other cross bench senators are asking questions about the misuse of government funds on this vital issue.

There was also an amazing segment on Radio National Life Matter’s programme recently. For the first time the ABC  chose to focus not just on female victims but to include wonderful  interviews with both a female perpetrator and a male victim of domestic violence. The funniest aspect of the segment was presenter Ellen Fanning’s desperate attempts to downplay the significance of these stories by including carefully chosen statistics emphasizing male violence. She clearly wasn’t happy introducing these stories – she sounded as if she had just trod in a pile of doggy doo!

9 Responses to Exposing the domestic violence industry

  1. cate August 21, 2016 at 4:18 pm #

    So many men are directly and indirectly subjected to domestic violence.
    My 92 year old father died recently, and although my mother accused him of domestic violence, I truly believe that he was the victim. He had simply likes, to watch the footy and cricket and repair old cars, and he delighted in his “quiet time”. Conversely, my mother never seemed happy or peaceful and nothing my father ever did was ever good enough. There were times when I heard him angrily rebuke her, but they were far less often than the times she angrily told him of his inadequacies.
    Was he “violent” to her, as she told me so many times?
    I think many women should focus on finding their own happiness, rather than blaming their partner for not “making them happy.
    And when the man finally “snaps” why should society label him as the guilty party?

  2. cate August 21, 2016 at 4:41 pm #

    Sorry, there is a grammatical error ……Fourth sentence should start as “He had simple likes,”

  3. john bayley August 23, 2016 at 2:19 am #

    Thank you Bettina for your excellent article. Of course neither gender holds the patent on nastiness (or virtue) Speaking from personal experience I think we can safely assume that the crazy, dishonest ‘anti-bloke’ narrative that’s been peddled for far too long has most likely caused real and wide-spread damage to lots of real people..

  4. Boric August 23, 2016 at 2:09 pm #

    Not many Australian men have stabbed eight of their children to death lately.

  5. Roger August 23, 2016 at 3:15 pm #

    I’m yet to listen to the Radio National Life Matters segment, but its description sounds eerily similar to the only man to bring up violence against men on last year’s Q & A Domestic Violence Special. Natasha Stott Despoja’s head nearly exploded with the suggestion that men experience DV too. She proceeded to shut down the notion that took up less than 5 minutes of a 60 minute man blaming, women on pedestal extravaganza. It made me feel sick. Until a bright light illuminates the very damaging practice of women falsely accusing men of DV so they can control the children and the breakup… Which in itself is a devastating form of state supported violence against men who sometimes take their own lives as a result…. we need to work hard to expose the DV industry for what it is…. A feminist lead propaganda machine that damages or society at its very roots.

  6. Carli August 23, 2016 at 3:53 pm #

    Violence is violence period. Why is everyone so hung up on who the main perpetrators are? Why is it a competition? Do we consider the imbalance of strength, duty, race or education when creating these statistics? Maybe it’s time to stop labels getting in the way of communities Supporting people in need based on gender or identity.

  7. Trish Morys August 24, 2016 at 5:48 am #

    Valid point but women are still being murdered in this country by their spouses at an alarming rate. Any rate is unacceptable.

  8. Tim August 25, 2016 at 11:56 pm #

    I suspect the domestic violence statistics are skewed anyway because men who experience domestic violence may not even recognise they are ‘victims’. This is because domestic violence is almost exclusively framed in terms of violence perpetrated by men against women (and children).

    Would you consider it to be domestic violence if someone bit their partner so hard that it caused a puncture wound, bleeding and purple bruising that lasted for about a week? If so then I have been a ‘victim’ of domestic violence. Until recently it would never have occurred to me that I had experienced domestic violence because I had swallowed the feminist lie, as much as it shames me to admit it,.

    In case you’re wondering, no, I’ve never been violent towards any woman. My only provocation was that I dared to say no to her and she calmly walked up and bit me, much like a cat would do if you’ve ever had one bite you except that she took a long time to let go.

    Thanks for your article Bettina. It reminds me that not all women are bigoted hypocrites, though I do genuinely fear you’re in the minority.

    PS, I’ve always been a fan since I first stumbled across one of your columns in a Playboy magazine my mother had done a bad job of hiding in my parent’s bedroom. You have an honesty and clarity that is as refreshing now as it was back then. Getting a teenage boy interested in reading Playboy for its articles is no mean feat.

  9. Nigel Rae August 26, 2016 at 9:30 am #

    Thank you Bettina, you and a handful of other Australian women – Miranda Devine, Jasmin Newman are 2 – are our only hope to stop this juggernaut.
    I can’t say that I’m confident that you will succeed, but this is not a reflection on your integrity, determination or journalistic professionalism as I hold you in the highest esteem. I am just a realist.
    This has been going on for at least 50 years now and the only gains made have been by the feminists & the ever-expanding domestic violence industrial complex (DVIC). Every few years those few realists mentioned above and a few others try to wake up society to the latest power grab by the DVIC, but society will not listen. Most people do not want to know about this. Sad, but true.
    The federal governments’ recent forays into the DVIC are, I believe, just another power grab in a long line of power grabs. The reason – they are broke. Why else is the Federal Government doing it? Domestic violence (DV) comes under the jurisdiction of the states and all Australian states already have massive DV programs, agencies & funds to deal with it. There are many intrusive state laws to deal with it. But now the Feds are running with the clearly false epidemic” narrative.
    You, Bettina, and those mentioned above have already lay bare this lie. There is no epidemic. While some women, children and men are still victims of DV, and always will be, the incidence is clearly going down – see Mark Latham below.
    Sadly, the DVIC will only grow and grow and grow. The ultimate victims, of course, are children and once the DVIC has sucked all the money and power it can from the man bad/woman needs protection narrative it, like any social parasite, will then turn to its next obvious narrative – mother bad/child needs protection.
    As men are increasingly stripped of their resources, and their jobs and opportunities are increasingly given to women, that tap will ultimately run dry. Where, then, will this massive leech get its funding? How will redundant PR agencies like White Ribbon get their funds to pass on to their “awareness raising”, but do-nothing ambassadors? From women of course.
    Many will call me a depressing pessimist, but mark my words, this will come to pass.