At the beginning of the week, the government announced that it was to pilot Clare's Law in Gwent and Wiltshire - this is the scheme that places men and women who have (or have alleged to have) committed domestic abuse crimes.
As the BBC reported, Refuge claim it will make no difference because most perpetrators are not known to police and others state it will lead to false allegations. Of course, this will be the case and false allegations themselves are a form of domestic abuse. Also others such as the ManKind Initiative have said if it is to go ahead it should called Clare and Clive's Law and this has been covered on this site.
And this is the point about the institutional discrimination against men.
The law and the register applies to men and women, yet the government does all it can to purposely misrepresent this by omitting it - discrimination by omission.
Firstly, if you name something Clare's Law then automatically you are setting it out as only for one gender.
But worse, the press release says:
- "Under the scheme women will have the right to ask the police whether a new or existing partner has a violent past": Wrong - it is women and men.
- Home Secretary Theresa May said: 'Domestic violence is a dreadful crime which sees two women a week die at the hands of their partners, and millions more suffer years of abuse in their own homes: Wrong - it is also one man per fortnight
So why does the government in the same as launching a film aimed at male victims of forced marriage still refuse to recognise male victims of domestic abuse exist. They are sexist - what other logical reason could there be?
Posted by Skimmington