Brian Hitchcock, who runs Coventry-based charity Men’s Aid, says men who suffer violence at the hands of wives and girlfriends have been left out of a new £700,000 programme. The ‘violence perpetrator programme’ which will cover the entire West Midlands, will target husbands and boyfriends who commit domestic violence and abuse.
But the charity says there is no mention of the scheme targeting female abusers and no mention of any support for their male victims. Charity manager Brian Hitchcock has now criticised the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner for ‘snubbing men’ in the campaign:
The article contains a statement from David Jamieson, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner – formerly a Labour MP – and this from his office:
“The PCC is committed to tackling domestic abuse in all its forms. [Other than female-on-male domestic abuse, evidently.] This particular pilot scheme is one of many initiatives the PCC finances.
He has a £3million Victims Fund, which supports people of all genders, races, religions and sexual orientations in the West Midlands. For example, the PCC also funds a scheme in Dudley specifically designed for older men [the cohort of men least likely to be victims of domestic abuse] and women who are victims of domestic abuse.
Yes, the pilot Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programme works with male abusers and female victims, [so it doesn’t work with female abusers and male victims] but the PCC will not apologise for this as the sad fact remains that one woman every three days is killed by their male partners.”
What David Jamieson should apologise for is excluding female perpetrators from his new programme. What has the number of women killed by male partners to do with excluding women from the programme? Absolutely nothing. And what message does this exclusion send to male victims? The same damnable message they always get from state institutions:
We don’t care about your suffering.
It’s long been known that most domestic violence is mutual, and when the violence is uni-directional, the perpetrator is more likely to be a woman than a man. Which leads me to an inevitable conclusion:
David Jamieson is a blithering idiot.
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