When Kier Starmer, the Director for Public Prosecutions gave a speech this week about the success in ending violence against women and girls he threw a token to those who feel the CPS pays lip service to supporting men and boys with regard to sexual and domestic violence. Perhaps he and his speechwriters read this site as he said this below when before he has said nothing:
"In recognising these dynamics the CPS does not neglect abuse directed towards men or perpetrated by women. Male victims receive the same access to protection and legal redress and the gender of the perpetrator does not make a difference to the CPS approach to bringing offenders to justice. All of our existing policies are gender neutral, and are applied fairly and equitably to all victims of crime and all defendants are prosecuted in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors."
They are still mere crumbs from the table.
One BBC report on the speech quoted him as saying "Most victims of domestic violence suffer in silence - Mr Starmer said a woman would on average be assaulted 30 times before she sought help." There is no evidence in any of the press releases that he said this.
However, being naturally inquisitive, I remembered seeing a figure often quoted that says " Women experience an average of 35 incidents of domestic violence before reporting an incident to the police." Even the CPS have used it - but so does practically everyone else it would seem.
So is it true (it could be higher or lower) and more importantly, in the name of equality, what is the male figure?
The source is Canadian academic Dr. Peter G Jaffe and the research paper is called An integrated response to wife assault : a community model.
Some sources say 1982 and others say 1984, but let's stick to 1982 if this is the one quoted by many. However, we know the research took place in 1981.
So here we have it.
A figure used in 2012 by a myriad of statutory authorities in the UK about the number of times a woman is assaulted before she calls the police is based on a statistic that is not only 31 years old it is not even based on British research - it is from Canada.
The figure could be higher - it could be lower - as it could be for men but there is no equivalent available. 1981 is pure Jurassic age when it comes to recognising male victims.
So here we have a one-sided statistics, used continuously to create and justify a one-sided position on domestic abuse (women are the only victims) and those who use it do not even bother to find an up-to-date figure let alone one that relates to Britain.
It says so much about those who believe their ideology must come before telling the truth and telling it in a balanced and equal way.
Any authority that uses this figure as if it is recent and from Britain is now instantly discredited.
Posted by Skimmington