Our thanks to Nigel for this piece in yesterday’s Sunday Sun. Excerpts:
Domestic violence against men has trebled in the past decade, shocking official figures reveal. [Wrong. The number of convictions has trebled, as more men have reported being victims to the police. The crime remains woefully under-reported, and the police should bring far more prosecutions.]
A record 5,640 wives and girlfriends were convicted of assaulting their male partners last year — up from 1,850 in 2007.
The issue has become a taboo because victims are often too ashamed to talk about their experiences. [Wrong. It hasn’t ‘become’ a taboo, it remains one for most male victims of DV. There are quite a number of reasons men don’t report being a victim of DV – other than shame – some in common with female victims, some unique to men e.g. the lack of available refuge places for men with their children.]
But an MP is now calling for action after evidence emerged the problem is growing at an alarming rate…
Stats released by the Attorney General show 177 women are convicted of domestic abuse EVERY WEEK…
Tory MP Philip Davies, who uncovered the stats, said: “When people think of domestic violence, they automatically think of men abusing women.
“But the vast increase in the number of women convicted of domestic violence over the past decade must not be overlooked.
“We must not forget the male victims.
“Both male and female perpetrators of domestic violence should be dealt with equally harshly by the courts and more should be done to help victims of domestic violence whether they are men or women.”
Then we have this nonsensical claim by the CPS:
Crown Prosecutors insist any form of domestic violence is serious and there is no bias or lack of concern when dealing with male victims.
From a male victim of DV, later in the article:
“The police were unwilling to help and I eventually dropped charges and ended our relationship.”
The article ends with this:
John Mays, the chairman of Parity, which campaigns for equal rights for men and women, said: “In 30 to 40 percent of domestic violence cases men are the victims and in many cases the injuries sustained are very severe.
“One of the great tragedies of male victim domestic violence is that there are very few safe houses for men who are seeking refuge with their children while there are over 9,000 for women.
“This is a problem which needs to be urgently addressed.”
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