“Standing Together have consistently helped all of us, in this global effort to end violence in the lives of women and children, [J4MB emphasis] to think better, do better and in doing so create a better future.”
Ellen Pence, Praxis International, Duluth, Minnesota USA
Ellen Pence was one of the originators of the Duluth Model’s “Power & Control Wheel”. In William Collins’s excellent book The Empathy Gap, he covers the model over pp.272-5. He describes how Ellen Pence ultimately rejected the model, based on hard practical experience. The final paragraph Collins cites from an article Pence wrote in 1999:
I found that many of the men I interviewed did not seem to articulate a desire for power over a partner. Although I relentlessly took every opportunity to point out to the men in groups that they were so motivated and merely in denial, the fact that few men ever articulated such a desire went unnoticed by me and many of my co-workers. Eventually we realised that we were finding what we had predetermined to find.
The Times piece:
Boris Johnson will appoint a domestic abuse commissioner today in an attempt to reassure campaigners angry at a delay to legislation.
Nicole Jacobs, the chief executive of Standing Together, a campaign group, is named as the newly created independent watchdog by the prime minister and Priti Patel, the home secretary.
The role was initially outlined in a Domestic Abuse Bill but the legislation fell victim to Mr Johnson’s decision to prorogue parliament. The government decided not to carry over the bill into the new session, but challenged over his commitment to tackling domestic abuse, Mr Johnson promised last week that a new version would appear in the Queen’s Speech on October 14.
“Domestic abuse shatters lives and tears families apart,” he said. “We are fully committed to tackling this horrific crime.”
As well as creating a commissioner and a statutory definition of abuse, the bill prohibited perpetrators [J4MB: elleged perpetrators] of domestic violence and other forms of abuse from cross-examining their victims [J4MB: alleged victims] in court.
The courts would have had discretion to stop cross-examination in person “where it would diminish the quality of the witness’s evidence or cause the witness significant distress”. It is not yet clear which of these elements will be reintroduced and in what form when the new legislation is finally published.
Ms Jacobs said that her appointment showed the “government’s commitment to reducing harm and improving the lives of those who experience domestic abuse”. She added: “It is an honour and a privilege to be appointed as the first commissioner and I intend to raise the voices of victims and survivors of all ages, status and background and ensure that we shine a light on practice that fails them.”
Outlining the scope of the role, the initial bill said that the new watchdog would be tasked with “identifying victims and survivors, and perpetrators of domestic abuse” as well as research trends and raising public awareness.
Ms Jacobs put her name to a letter from 34 women’s organisations [J4MB emphasis] calling on Mr Johnson to make good his promise to end austerity last month. It read: “The 2019 spending review is a significant test of what that promise will mean in real terms, particularly for women, [J4MB emphasis] who have borne the brunt of austerity policies since 2010.
“An end to austerity must mean more than simply an end to budget cuts. After nearly a decade of chronic underfunding, our public services are in crisis.”
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