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!