In February I was interviewed by a BBC TV crew for a programme which will be broadcast in the autumn. They recorded outside Nottingham University and caught the incident where a man hurled some very heavily soiled cat litter over the windscreen and bonnet of our campaign van. I filmed 23 seconds of the aftermath – here. It will be interesting to see how much of the extensive footage is broadcast. In the meantime, my thanks to Ray for passing on the following:
The BBC is making a documentary about violent young females which will be broadcast as part of a gender season on BBC 3 in Autumn/Winter 2015.
The film makers hope to include stories of domestic violence, where a women is the perpetrator. If this is something you can help with then please contact the producer, Fiona, directly on: email@example.com or 0203 614 0041.
The film makers are keen to hear from as many men as possible, especially those in the 18-35 age bracket, who have been affected by female violence.
The deadline is tight as filming will take place in June and July. If you do get in touch with Fiona all information will be in complete confidence.
You have to ask, why is the deadline tight? Has it come as a sudden shocking revelation to the BBC that men as well as women are the victims of violence at the hands of opposite-sex partners? We can be sure that the domestic violence narratives in the ‘gender season’ will overwhelmingly concern female victims and male perpetrators, with the odd reference to ‘men can be the victims of domestic violence, too’, and the like.
We can also be sure the BBC won’t report that the group perpetrating and suffering the highest levels of domestic violence are lesbians. Government statistics used to distinguish between gay men and lesbians as victims of domestic violence, but no longer do so. Hmm, why might that be?