An appalling piece on the Researching Reform website, lauding a feminist’s 400+ page thesis on women claiming their ex-partners were abusive, thereby leading family courts to deny those men access to their children – emotional abuse of the women’s children and their ex-partners (where the claims are unsubstantiated lies). I’ve left a couple of lengthy responses, and invite you to post your thoughts too. Thanks.
My latest response was in response to Mike Cox – a man not known to me – who wrote:
Adrienne Elise Barnett’s doctoral thesis is clearly not “incredibly thorough” if it is restricted to the issue of male on female DV and completely fails to examine the issue of female on male DV.
Mike, an excellent point.
For decades feminists have claimed (and politicians and journalists continue to parrot the claim) that the vast majority of domestic violence is perpetrated by men, against women. This – the Duluth model – must surely be the most discredited of all feminist myths, yet it remains at the core of the state’s thinking about domestic violence. It feeds the huge feminist DV industry, although it’s been discredited many times by researchers in the field, over decades.
Needless to say abused men are denied support because of the Duluth model, many male victims ending up among the street homeless, because in leaving their homes they’re deemed to be “intentionally homeless”. Street homelessness reduces life expectancy by an average of 30 years. 90 per cent of the street homeless are men.
Martin Fiebert is a psychologist, since 1978 a psychology professor at California State University, Long Beach. The full Abstract of his 2013 paper References examining assaults by women on their spouses or male partners: an updated annotated bibliography https://j4mb.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/140901-martin-s-fiebert-bibliography.pdf is this:
“This annotated bibliography describes 343 scholarly investigations (270 empirical studies and 73 reviews) demonstrating that women are as physically aggressive as men (or more) in their relationships with their spouses or opposite-sex partners. The aggregate sample size in the reviewed studies exceeds 440,850 people.”
The highest rates of violence are found in lesbian couples. In most heterosexual couples where domestic violence occurs, it is reciprocal in nature – the men and women are at different times perpetrators and victims. In the minority of heterosexual couples where the violence is one-directional, the perpetrator is more than twice as likely to be the woman, rather than the man.
I’m guessing wildly that Ms Barnett’s “incredibly thorough and thought-provoking” 400+ pages thesis didn’t report what’s been known and reported by researchers into domestic violence for DECADES.
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