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It is a marvellous irony that the domestic violence activists who have spent the week abusing and misrepresenting me claim to be champions of “respect” for women.
My sin was to point out the incontrovertible truth about domestic violence, that it is overwhelmingly concentrated in dysfunctional remote indigenous communities and public housing estates.
The response from femi-fascists was to try to get me sacked, silenced and banned from twitter.
They called for my “sterilisation”, branded me a “murder apologist”, a “troll”, a “sicko”, an ”idiot”, “a bimbo”, “a vile creature dangerous to kids”, “nasty and vicious”, “stupid”, “a disgrace”, “rabid old hatemonger”, “a typical Australian”.
“Your victim blaming has done almost as much harm to victims of Domestic Violence as the abusers,” read one email.
Yes, the faux-rage meter was at full tilt.
But I value these intemperate expressions, because they provide evidence of a concerted attempt to cover up the truth.
Domestic violence is the last frontier of feminism. You might think women had already achieved equality in the traditional markers of status in our society, most obviously in higher education, where 60 per cent of university graduates last year were female.
But for feminism to remain relevant, it needs to extend victim status even to the most affluent, pampered women of the chattering classes.
Thus the feminist dogma about domestic violence is that all women are equally at risk and all men potential perpetrators.
In the words of Natasha Stott Despoja, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, and the Chair of domestic violence lobbying organisation Our Watch: “Violence against women does not discriminate, regardless of ethnicity, social status and geography.”
Only, actually, it does.
This is what I pointed out in the column that has enraged the sisterhood, that domestic violence is concentrated in communities where the underclass lives, where welfare dependency has emasculated men, where drug and alcohol abuse is rife, and intergenerational social disadvantage is entrenched.
I cited the latest data from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics, showing the rate of domestic violence in Bourke, with its large indigenous population 60 times higher than in affluent north shore Sydney suburbs. The housing estate welfare traps concentrated in Campbelltown and Penrith are similar hotspots.
The evidence is everywhere if you care to look, that poverty, intergenerational dysfunction, mental illness and substance abuse are preconditions for a domestic violence hotspot, with chronic underreporting in indigenous communities hiding the level of distress.
Take the NSW Coroner’s Court’s annual reports of the NSW Domestic Violence Death Review Team which invariably involve welfare dependent couples in and out of jail, with “cumulative social issues in both cases”.
The cases are marked by “serious social disadvantage including in many cases poverty, substance abuse issues, violent coping mechanisms, intergenerational violence”.
Or take the 2011 BOSCAR report Personal stress, financial stress and violence against women which shows “risk of violence increases progressively with the level of financial stress (and) personal stress”.
For pointing out these inconvenient truths, I was accused of “blaming victims”.
Fake quotes attributed to me, such as: “Rich men don’t hit women.”
The classic modus operandi of feminist outrage sites such as MamaMia is to make up a line, pretend I said it and then attack me for (not) saying it.
This is the intolerance of the femi-fascist. They ignore BOSCAR statistics but trumpet every half-baked internet survey which makes a ludicrous claims such as that a quarter of young Australian men don’t think there’s anything wrong with beating women.
When the Our Watch group, which receives $8 million of federal funding each year to “change attitudes”, wrote a rebuttal to my column this week, it airily claimed that “the latest international evidence shows that factors such as low socio-economic status or harmful use of alcohol do not have a constant or predictable impact on levels of violence against women”.
Yet, when challenged to provide this evidence, Our Watch cited a UN report on domestic violence in other Asia-Pacific countries such as Indonesia, PNG and Bangladesh. When further challenged to provide research from comparable countries to Australia, Our Watch cited a European study which contains Australian criticism of “the lack of attention to social class and to working class community norms and pressures” in domestic violence cases; it also cited a study which found that lower socioeconomic status was more frequent among men enrolled in “batterers’ programs”.
Campaigns such as Destroy the Joint’s Counting Women project insist on making domestic violence a gender issue. It claims 66 women are victims this year, with the implication these are all “intimate partner” homicides, perpetrated by males.
In fact, only about half of the homicides cited could be classified as having a male partner or ex-partner identified as the killer.
Some of the 66 victims were killed by women, by sisters, daughters, a female neighbour or, in one case, a female ex-lover of the victim’s husband, as well as by brothers, fathers, and sons.
Domestic violence is a serious enough without exaggerating.
The activists cherrypick facts to support their dogma, rather than using statistics to better target scarce resources to help the most vulnerable victims, and to address the root causes of domestic violence.
To break the intergenerational cycle of violence, I wrote that we need to “end the welfare incentive for unsuitable women to keep having children to a string of feckless men”. This was twisted to claim that I had called victims of domestic violence “unsuitable women”.
The dishonesty is clear. The aim is to avoid the obvious, that boys brought up in an environment of chaos, dysfunction and violence, who are neglected and abused, are more likely to become abusive, violent men with poor impulse control.
But these are not facts the man-bashing femi-fascists who control the domestic violence industry want to hear.
We have been contacted by an Adelaide current affairs TV program that is putting together a story about male victims of family violence.
They are seeking men located in the greater metro area of Adelaide who have experienced partner violence or abuse and who would be willing to tell their story on camera. Only their first name would be used for the story.
The story will air this week, so the request is quite urgent.
If you would be willing to be interviewed, please contact us a.s.a.p.
The TV Producers are still looking for a male victim of domestic violence from Adelaide to interview for this story. If you are willing to take part, please contact us. Cheers!
The national advocacy organisation for male victims of family violence, One in Three Campaign, has welcomed the Federal Government’s $100M Women’s Safety Package, but has expressed disappointment that no funding has been made available to support male victims or children abused by women.
Government figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Institute of Criminology, Attorney General’s Department and WA Department for Child Protection show that:
- mothers are the most common perpetrators of child homicide, with women accounting for 52% of child homicide offenders between 2002 and 2012
- natural parents were responsible for 37% of total cases of substantiated child maltreatment in WA in 2007-08: of these, mothers were the perpetrator in 73% of cases
- young people are just as likely to have seen their mothers hitting their fathers as their fathers hitting their mothers
- males made up 38.5% of domestic homicide victims in 2010-12
- males made up 33.3% of victims of current partner violence during the last 12 months
- males made up 37.1% of victims of emotional abuse during the last 12 months
- 94% of partner violence against men was perpetrated by women
- Male victims were 2 to 3 times more likely than women to have never told anybody about experiencing partner violence
- Only 5.3% of male victims of current partner violence had contacted police.
Greg Andresen, Senior Researcher with the volunteer-run Campaign said, “The government’s new support measures for women are long overdue and warmly welcomed. We hope this is the first in a series of packages aimed at reducing family violence. Many people affected by family violence have been left out of this announcement: the one-third of victims that are male, female perpetrators of family violence, children who are abused and/or killed by their mothers, not to mention broader violence and abuse between family members and in same-sex relationships.”
“We acknowledge that services for women escaping violence from their male partners are the most critical. However except for the Mensline Australia support line 1300 78 99 78, there are hardly any dedicated services for male victims or female perpetrators. Our human rights obligations dictate that services be made available to everyone affected by family violence regardless of gender, sexual preference, age, race or religion,” Mr Andresen said.
* Source: Australian Institute of Criminology National Homicide Monitoring Program database 2010-2012
Greg Andresen, Senior Researcher, One in Three Campaign, 0403 813 925 or email@example.com
Miranda Devine: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has insulted all men with his stunt on domestic violence | DailyTelegraph
It is a grim portent that Malcolm Turnbull’s first policy announcement as Prime Minister was a $100 million gimmick blaming domestic violence on gender inequality.
“Women must be respected,” thundered Turnbull. “Disrespecting women is unacceptable.”
He has drunk the feminist Kool-Aid. But, somehow, I don’t think Turnbull’s commanding the nation to respect women will stop endemic violence in dysfunctional remote indigenous communities and public housing estates.
Poverty is the cause of domestic violence, the desperate chaos of the underclass, played out in welfare dependency, mental illness, alcohol and drug abuse, especially psychosis-inducing ice.
Demonising men, and pouring taxpayer money into permanent meddling bureaucracies, will do nothing to alleviate domestic tragedy.
It just increases government’s role in our lives, and further disempowers vulnerable men.
Of course, Turnbull, a few days in the job, was simply announcing a plan that Tony Abbott and his chief of staff Peta Credlin had cooked up to try to improve his vote with women.
Beginning as a diversion from the knighthood fiasco of January, it involved Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty, who has become the untouchable expert on domestic violence.
Batty was front and centre of last week’s announcement: “This is a gender issue … we need to respect and value women as equals.”
No one could fail to be moved by her tragedy, the loss of her only son, 11-year-old Luke, murdered by his father.
But how did the murder of a little boy by his mentally ill, drug-taking father become all about “respecting women”?
Drug and alcohol abuse and mental illness are specific problems which properly targeted government policy might help alleviate. “Respecting women” is not.
The excitable minister for women Michaelia Cash stood alongside Turnbull and Batty, talking a lot of gobbledygook which shows only that she has a touching faith in bureaucracy, as in “an action item under the Second Action Plan of the National Action Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and Children.”
Honestly. That National Action Plan, anyway, is a hangover from Julia Gillard, another hotchpotch of bureaucracies which exist for reports and awards and meetings and conferences and which soak up millions of dollars while doing nothing to help people trapped in chaotic lives break the welfare cycle.
Worse, the underlying narrative is about disrespecting men.
Turnbull claimed: “one in four young men think it’s OK to slap a girl when you’ve been drinking”.
That just doesn’t pass the sniff test. Anyone with a passing acquaintance with young men knows it’s absurd.
Federal Minister for Women Michaelia Cash and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the domestic violence policy launch.
Cash repeated the claim, based on statistics from market research company Hall & Partners Open Mind, which conducted an online survey last year, answered by 3000 teenagers, young adults and parents. Plus some focus groups.
The report is full of gross generalisations with no evidence. It’s not exactly peer-reviewed scientific research, yet it’s blithely parroted by the PM and his minister for women.
How does slandering young men encourage “respect for women”? That market research was commissioned by the taxpayer-funded domestic violence lobbying group “Our Watch”.
Our Watch is chaired by feminist former Democrats Senator Natasha Stott Despoja, curiously appointed by Abbott as Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls. She claims: “Violence against women does not discriminate, regardless of ethnicity, social status and geography.”
But the actual statistics show a different reality.
Violence against women does discriminate, starkly. It is concentrated in communities with a high indigenous population, in the Northern Territory, in impoverished rural towns, in the urban fringes where the underclass lives, where welfare has emasculated men, where unemployment is high and education poor, and where drug and alcohol abuse is rife. These are the obvious preconditions for violence.
If you want to break the cycle of violence, end the welfare incentive for unsuitable women to keep having children to a string of feckless men.
Some facts, from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics: Domestic violence is worst in the small remote town of Bourke. With its high indigenous population, it has a rate of 4195.6 offences per 100,000 population (in fact, Bourke’s crime rate makes it more dangerous per capita than any country on earth).
Second place goes to Walgett with a rate of 2,692, then Moree Plains (1824), Glenn Innes (1103.5), Coonamble, Lachlan, Broken Hill, Cobar, Bogan, Dubbo.
When you get to the welfare-centred outer suburbs of Sydney, you find Campbelltown has a domestic violence crime rate of 628.4 per 100,000, followed by Blacktown at 610.2, Penrith (588.4) and so on. You get the picture.
Compare those rates to the affluent areas of Sydney; Kuringai has the lowest domestic violence in NSW with 66.1 crimes per 100,000, followed by Hunters Hill, Lane Cove, Hornsby, Manly, Willoughby, and so on.
It’s clear. Welfare traps create the conditions for domestic violence.
That announcement last week wasn’t about helping people in Bourke and Campbelltown. It was about making the prime minister, whoever he is this week, win approval from feminists.