Government action to help eliminate violence against women and girls

Welcome to an alternative universe where all victims of domestic violence are women, and all perpetrators men – as presented in a shameless government press release.

About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • On the plus side (one has to try) there is some interesting data here on the funding being allocated. I note in particular “£500 million available since 2010 to local authorities and the voluntary sector to prevent and tackle homelessness and rough sleeping, helping the most vulnerable in society – including victims of domestic abuse”. Given that ~90% of the homeless / rough sleepers are men, I’m assuming the vast bulk of this £500M goes on PV. It would be nice to get hold of some sort of balance sheet showing where the money goes. (I’m thinking of Paul Elam’s post yesterday on White Ribbon Australia which showed that any spending on actual victims was notable for its absence).

  • Actually what happens is that some of the money gets re-packaged from homelessness and put into a special fund for Refuge and Womensaid( the main beneficiaries). This is because demand for these services is actually low ( for instance DV has fallen by 78% over the past 20 years.) So councils want to provide more flexible supportto reflect need rather than fund very inflexible services( which are of no use to men , or women with teenage male children, or people looking for simple accommodation rather than going through a “programme” etc.). This is the result of the lobbying, particularly womensaid and refuge , because councils have been moving away from funding very specific and exclusive”services”.