Violence Against Women Act

Menstuff® has compiled the following information on the Violence Against Women Act. There is a wealth of info at www.saveservices.org/special-reports The site is jammed with facts, figures, and radical notions of equality.

You can be part of an historic Congressional hearing
What is the Violence Against Women Act about?
The 2013 Violence Against Women Act Ignores Reality
15 years of the Violence Against Women Act: its tragic consequences
This is Awareness?
Understanding Domestic Violence Factoids
VAWA - A Betrayal of Women
Violence Against Women Act Ignores Epidemic Of Violent Women
Domestic Violence Law Fuels Big Government
VAWA Law Polarizes the Sexes, Weakens the Family
VAWA: Making Divorce Easy, Profitable and Fun
Violence Against Women Act: Turning the Unwary into Political Roadkill?
Make VAWA Gender Neutral Petition - To Sign
Everybody Deserves Better
Farrah Fawcett’s Burning Bed legacy
When will we have hated men enough?
YouTube Shows Why Senator Joseph Biden Must Block I-VAWA
U.S. Must Stop Exporting Feminist Weapons of Family Destruction!
Mail Order Bride Law Brands U.S. Men Abusers
Did Phil Hartman Die from Congressionally-Sanctioned Discrimination?
Feminist Cover-Up Means Billion-Dollar Taxpayer Shake-Down
Scream Queens Fuel Nightmarish VAWA System
Senator Biden's Biggest Lie
Should Kill Discriminatory Domestic Violence Act
Stop the Marketing of Misery and Fear!
Women's Violence
Girls Gone Wild on YouTube
Inform Yourself
Did Phil Hartman Die from Congressionally-Sanctioned Discrimination?
Gender profiling prevalent in domestic violence
Scream Queens Fuel Nightmarish VAWA System
I-VAWA: Liberal Lies Tempt Women to Embrace a Radical Agenda
Related Issue:
Domestic Violence

Inform yourself about VAWA (the Violence Against Women Act) and then contact your lawmakers and the media and voice your opinions, BEFORE it's too late for the thousands affected by domestic violence who are also victims of the bias of this law! This can happen to any good man and does with the help of VAWA! Click this link and see what we mean...
cbs13.com/video/?id=1754@kovr.dayport.com

 

The billboards call on Senator Joe Biden to make the pending re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) gender-neutral. They are strategically placed so Sen. Biden won't be able to avoid them every day on his Amtrak commute to and from Washington, D.C.

Source: www.vawa4all.org/billboards.asp

The 2013 Violence Against Women Act Ignores Reality


The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has been passed by both houses of Congress and signed by President Barack Obama. Obama signs VAWA, hails law as 'victory' for violence victims.

Beyond fraud, waste, duplication, non-accountability, false accusations, and the denial of civil rights, the blatantly obvious problem with the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is that women constitute only about half of the true victims of domestic violence. The other half is made up of men, and they receive absolutely zero protections and services from Sen. Patrick Leahy’s (D-VT) VAWA reauthorization. (“Senate passes VAWA reauthorization,” Feb. 12, 2013).

Never mind that “progressives” proclaim to all who will listen that they are covering all victims — they are not. What is needed is new domestic violence legislation that is science-based and victim-centered, rather than based on false gender ideology. The consistently replicated bottom line of empirical research studies, as opposed to politicized ideology, is that domestic violence initiation and victimization is very close to 50-50 on virtually all indexes.

Decades of consistently replicated social science research shows that domestic violence is initiated about equally by men and women; that slightly more women than men are physically harmed, but that men nonetheless represent more than 40 percent of the physically harmed victims; that the domestic violence initiation rates for women, and especially young women, have been rising; and that the domestic violence rates for bisexuals, gays, and lesbians all are higher than for heterosexual couples.
Source: Gordon E. Finley, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology Emeritus, Florida International University; Member, Fathers and Families

This is Awareness?


The wise man who is not heeded is counted a fool, and the fool who proclaims the general folly first and loudest passes for a prophet. - Carl Jung, 1875-1961)

This is online at the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ). Below is the last paragraph from the USDOJ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

This year marks the 15 year anniversary of President Bill Clinton signing VAWA into law and the creation of the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Today’s event is another installment in the department’s year-long effort to raise public awareness, build stronger coalitions among federal, state, local and tribal communities, and redouble efforts to end domestic and teen dating violence, sexual assault and stalking for men, women and children across the country [italics, underlining and bold added]:

It appears that the point of the USDOJ press release is to announce passage of the National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month . Below is from the first few paragraphs of Senate Resolution 373:

Whereas dating, domestic, and sexual violence affect women regardless of their age, and teens and young women are especially vulnerable.

Whereas, approximately 1 in 3 adolescent girls in the united States is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds victimization rates for other types of violence affecting youth;

Apparently no one at the USDOJ, the Senate or Congress is aware of or cares about the fact that the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly reported in 2003, that 8.9% of boys and 8.8% of girls were hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend.

And apparently no one at the USDOJ is aware that the 2007 CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly reports that while the percentage of victimization remains the same for girls at 8.8% the victimization for boys increased to 11.0%. Please read my article Let's Talk [Or Not] for more information about the USDOJ and their awareness concerning dating violence.

Abuse Ignored

Senate Resolution 373 clearly demonstrates that the Senate is unaware of or cares not a whit about the victimization of our sons. House Resolution 590 , claims it is the intent of the House to raise awareness, not for dating violence but for domestic violence.

However, 23 times the House presents another whereas and often times that whereas presented is about male offending and female victimization. There is not a single whereas about male victimization or female offending. Apparently the House biased perspective is balanced with the Senate biased perspective. And it appears that being ignored twice only amounts to a double nothing and a double or perhaps a triple [the USDOJ] nothing is still nothing.

How is it possible for anyone to believe that the members of USDOJ, the Senate and the House are aware of male victimization or care a whit about male victimization when their resolutions not once mention male victimization? The members of the mainstream electronic and print media also seem unaware of male victimization or they simply do not care.

A Different Awareness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does appear both aware and committed to preventing the violent deaths of women, men and children in the United States. The National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) is researching the toll of all violent deaths on individuals, families, and communities in the United States.

An April 2008 report by the CDC "Surveillance for Violent Deaths -- National Violent Death Reporting System , 16 States, 2005" (SVD) provides revealing data. The SVD documents that approximately 30% of suicides are precipitated by intimate partner problems.

Table 9, of the SVD reports intimate partner problems (IPProb) precipitated 2,031 of the male and 439 of the female suicides. An IPProb is defined as a behavioral problem with a current or former intimate partner that appear to have contributed to the suicide.

In 2005, 32,637 suicides were reported . The SVD reports 30% of the suicides reported were IPProb related. Hence, it is possible that approximately 7,832 male and 1,958 female suicides were precipitated by intimate partner problems. Please read my paper on Domestic Violence-Related Deaths .

For those who want to diminish or demean the SVD data or the IPProb, they need to understand that the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) acknowledges that its contemporary definition of domestic violence includes constant criticism, diminishing one's abilities, name-calling, or other forms of conflict or coercive behavior that damage relationships with children. Similar forms of this behavior, defined by the OVW as “domestic violence,” can create intimate partner precipitated problems for women, men and children.

The NVDRS data reveals that some of the conflict and coercion found in the “forced leaving” of intimate partner relationships may be far more lethally dangerous for men than women because women initiate both the divorce and the forced leaving far more often than men.

Apparently intimate partner precipitated suicide is a form of domestic violence related death that the USDOJ, the Senate and the House are unaware of or do want the federal, state, local and tribal communities to become aware of.

While our public policy makers may be redoubling their efforts to provide awareness, services and resources for our daughters during this National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month , they continue to ignore our sons. I would appreciate it if just one member of the USDOJ or a member of Congress would email me and explain to me why they have chosen, once again, to ignore our sons. If they do not understand they are ignoring our sons, I suggest they need to reread Senate Resolution 373.
Source: rldavis@post.harvard.edu

Scream Queens Fuel Nightmarish VAWA System


Picture this: Ordinary citizens arrested in the middle of the night, thrown in jail on false charges, never seeing the inside of their homes again. Show trials with predetermined outcomes. Dissidents forced into treatment for politically incorrect thoughts.

Does this describe Stalinist purges? Totalitarian repression? The USA Patriot Act in action?

No, this nightmarish scenario is our current domestic violence system. Introduced in the 1980's with good intentions, these laws have mutated into a system of repression, power and control, manipulated by the domestic violence industry and exploited by vengeful spouses seeking advantage in divorce and child custody.

The crowning achievement for the victim industry was the passage in 1994 of VAWA, the federal Violence Against Women Act. VAWA codifies gender-based myths that domestic violence (DV) is virtually always committed by men against women. VAWA is up for reauthorization in 2005.

VAWA was based on lies and distortions about the true extent of intimate partner violence, yet it continues to be funded at astounding levels. Feminist groups, led by the domestic violence "scream queens," tout hysterical claims such as "the leading cause of emergency room visits by women is domestic violence," and "95 per cent of victims of domestic violence are women." (See Factoids)

The government's own statistics contradict these ubiquitous factoids, yet Congress can't help pandering to the women's vote with a billion-dollar gravy train. The Justice Department's 1998 "Intimate Partner Violence" report reveals that 1/3 of total domestic violence murder victims are male. Further, less than one per cent of females (and males) are victimized each year. Hardly an epidemic justifying a monstrous government system.

In today's domestic violence police state, it's expected the woman is the victim. All she has to do is call 911 and report her husband assaulted her. In many cases she conveniently fails to mention she slapped, punched, kicked or pummeled him to the point that he pushed her away. As a family law attorney for 17 years, I have experienced the DV system personally. Every example cited in this article has happened to one of my clients.

The stereotype that the man is always the abuser ensures he has no chance of being believed when he says he is the victim. The police take him to jail, and in many cases, he never goes home again.

The next scene in his nightmare is getting served with an order for protection. Originated to immediately protect victims of severe abuse, protection orders have become "weapons of mass destruction" in family courts.

Drive-by protection orders (obtained ex parte, with the accused not present) almost always prohibit contact with his children and presence at the family home, virtually guaranteeing full custody to the accuser.

After 14 days living in a van down by the river, the accused gets a hearing, an "opportunity to be heard." In reality, it is a show trial with a predetermined outcome. Whenever a woman claims to be a victim, she is automatically believed. No proof of abuse is required.

Judges with "do-something disease," afraid of some real victim being denied relief, hand out protection orders like candy. In fact, the accused is sometimes treated more harshly for having the audacity to object. Meanwhile, real victims must share crowded courtrooms with DV fakers.

In many cases, the accused is sent to "domestic violence perpetrator treatment," following an "assessment" with the foregone conclusion that he needs treatment. If he admits any abuse, it will always be used against him. Denial of abuse is punished more severely than actual abuse. Those who profess their innocence are often forcibly "re-educated" for two or even three years.

The only escape is to unconditionally surrender to the authority of the oppressors (the court and treatment providers), bow down and capitulate to the accuser, then you might get some time with your children. You still don't get to go home.

Ten years of VAWA has resulted in the wholesale criminalization of being a man. VAWA didn't originate this nightmarish system, but it legitimizes and subsidizes it. To some, the solution is a gender-neutral law, such as "Violence Against Persons Act." Even without overt gender bias, federal intrusion into local domestic violence policies is corrupting. It nourishes a gargantuan beast and ensures a massive stream of taxpayer dollars creating endless constituent groups lining up to feed at the federal trough.

We must de-fund and de-fang VAWA. We must let police do their jobs without fear of making politically-incorrect decisions. In the old days they used their discretion on how to handle domestic conflict. The parties were often separated until things cooled down. Without evidence of serious assault or injury, that was the proper response.

VAWA turns every argument into a potential murder case, and what police officer wants to risk making a wrong decision? The easy way out is to arrest the man.

It's time to stop systematic violence against civil rights and recognize that even well-intentioned laws can be used as a bludgeon. Like the war on terrorism, the war on domestic violence can go too far.

The laudable goal of ending domestic violence cannot justify nullification of the fundamental rights of an entire gender. We should all be outraged at what is being done to innocent people in the name of helping victims.

©2005, Lisa Scott

Understanding Domestic Violence Factoids


According to the FBI, A Woman is Beaten Every (fill in the blank) SECONDS
First, the FBI does not calculate, tabulate, or track data on domestic violence. The FBI once did estimate that a women is beaten every 15 seconds, but they derived this estimate from Murray Straus, Richard J. Gelles, and Suzanne K. Steinmetz's book, Behind Closed Doors: Violence in the American Family.

Various other fact sheets list various other number of seconds. The number of seconds depends on the study (if there actually was one) and how violence was defined. For example, some versions of this factoid state that a women is beaten every 9 seconds and cite a study done by the Commonwealth Fund in July, 1993. The Commonwealth Fund study used the same measure as was used by Straus and his colleagues. Unlike Straus and his colleagues who defined "abuse" as acts of violence that were likely to cause and injury, the Commonwealth Fund defined "abuse" as every thing from pushing, shoving, and slapping to using a gun or knife.

There Are Four Million Women Beaten and Abused Each Year

Same problems as above. The Straus, Gelles, and Steinmetz survey estimated that 2 million women were abused each year by their husbands. Straus and his colleagues speculated that if all the respondents told the truth and if ex-husbands and boyfriends were included, the number could be as high as 4 million. However, no study to date using a representative sample and measuring severe violence, has found more than 2 million abused women each year.

Domestic Violence is the Leading Cause of Injury to Women Between the Ages of 15 and 44 in the United States - More Than Car Accidents, Muggings, and Rapes Combined

This factoid has been attributed to both Surgeon General Antonia Novello and the Centers for Disease Control. The actual primary source of this "fact" is research by Evan Stark and Ann Flitcraft. It was probably Stark and Flitcraft who supplied the fact to CDC, who then included it in material supplied to the Surgeon General. Unfortunately, as good a sound bite as this is, it is simply not true. The original source of this statement goes back to two papers by Stark and Flitcraft. First, the actual research the "fact" is based on is a rather small survey of one emergency room. Second, in the original articles, they said that domestic violence may (emphasis added) be a more common cause of emergency room visits than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.

Linda Saltzman from the Centers for Disease Control tells all journalists who call to check this fact that the CDC does not recognize this as either their fact or a reputable fact.

The March of Dimes Reports that Batterering During Pregnancy is the Leading Cause of Birth Defects and Infant Mortality

The March of Dimes actually reports that they know of no such study.

Sixty-three Percent of Young Men Between the Ages of 11 and 20 Who Are Serving Time for Homicide Have Killed Their Mother's Abuser

This factoid is often used by Sarah Buel in her speeches. It appears to be yet another fact from nowhere. The FBI has published no data that supports this claim. The FBI's Uniform Crime Reports has no tables that report on prison populations, let alone a table or figure that breaks down prison populations by age of offender and relationship to victim. There are no Department of Justice reports that report on what number or percentage of young men kill their mother's batterer.

Family Violence has Killed More Women in the Last Five Years as the Total Number of Americans Who Were Killed in The Vietnam War

This factoid was often used by Dr. Robert McAfee, past president of the American Medical Association. There were about 55,000 American casualties in the Viet Nam war. According to the FBI, Uniform Crime Statistics, about 1,500 women are killed by their husbands or boyfriends each year. The total number of women homicide victims each year is about 5,000. Thus, in 5 years, even if every women who was killed, was killed by a family member, the total would still be 1/2 the number of American casualties in Viet Nam.

Women Who Leave Their Batterers Are at a 75% Greater Risk of Being Killed by the Batterer than Those Who Stay

Women are more likely to be victims of homicide when they are estranged from their husbands than when they live with their husbands--BUT NOT A 75 % GREATER RISK. The risk of homicide is higher in the first two months after separation.
Source: Wilson, Margo and Martin Daly. (1993) "Spousal homicide risk and estrangement." Violence and Victims, 8, 3-16.

Women Who Kill Their Batterers Receive Longer Prison Sentences than Men Who Kill Their Partners

This factoid is often attributed to someone from Pace University. There is no actual published source for this. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, Violence Between Intimates (November, 1994), the average prison sentence for men who killed their wives was 17.5 years; the average sentence for women convicted of killing their husbands was 6.2 years.

Factoids From the Right of Center

Women are as Violence as are Men, and Women Initiate Violence as Often as do Men

This factoid cites research by Murray Straus, Suzanne Steinmetz, and Richard Gelles, as well as a host of other self-report surveys. Those using this factoid tend to conveniently leave out the fact that Straus and his colleague's surveys as well as data collected from the National Crime Victimization Survey (Bureau of Justice Statistics) consistently find that no matter what the rate of violence or who initiates the violence, women are 7 to 10 times more likely to be injured in acts of intimate violence than are men.

Other Factoids from Nowhere

4,000 Women Each Year are Killed by Their Husbands, Ex-husbands, or Boyfriends

The FBI reports that approximately 1,500 women are killed each year by husbands or boyfriends. Even if one factors in the number of women killed by unidentified or undetermined assailants, the number could not be 4,000.

Women of All Cultures, Races, Occupations, Income Levels, and Ages are Battered - by Husbands, Boyfriends, Lovers, and Partners

While this fact is technically true, it is also true that domestic violence is more likely to occur in homes below the poverty line, in minority households (even controlling for income), and among men and women 18 to 30 years of age.

Nationally, 50% of All Homeless Women and Children are on the Streets Because of Violence in the Home

An interesting factoid stated by Senator Biden, but one without any actual published scientific research to support it.

There are Nearly Three Times as Many Animal Shelters in the United States as There are Shelters for Battered Women and Their Children

Another great sound bite, but one not actually based on a verified count of either type of shelter.

The following projects are a part of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA):

Copyright © 1995–2008 Minnesota
Source: www.mincava.umn.edu/documents/factoid/factoid.html

Gender profiling prevalent in domestic violence


For years, we have been told that domestic violence is a serious problem: it must not be tolerated in any form and every victim must be believed. Yet, countless victims of domestic violence are ignored by the system, dismissed as liars, and even charged as abusers. These victims have been hit, kicked, punched, bitten, choked, knifed, shot, run over with cars, and even set on fire. They are men.

Male victim. It's sounds like an oxymoron. How can you be a male and a victim. Is it because they don't hurt when they are hit? Is it because they don't bleed when they are cut? No. It's because they don't count, literally.

The recent Eastside Journal article about firefighter Mark Sundt typifies the plight of the invisible male victim. Sundt was charged with domestic violence against his girlfriend, yet the charges were eventually dropped. He tried to get the prosecutor to file charges against her, without success. Now he has filed a citizen's complaint in Northeast District Court.

Over the years, intense lobbying by women's advocacy groups resulted in enactment of the Federal Violence Against Women Act. The act provides billions of dollars for domestic violence programs, battered women's shelters, law enforcement and criminal prosecution. To aid in passage of the bill and ensure a continued stream of federal funding, these groups have deftly perpetuated myths that nearly all victims of domestic violence are female. They claim ``the No. 1 reason women age 16 to 40 end up in the emergency room is violence,'' and ``95 percent of domestic violence is committed by men.''

However, both government and academic studies repeatedly contradict these ubiquitous factoids. A Centers for Disease Control report (National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 1992 Emergency Department Summary) debunks the ER claim. The 1998 Justice Department report ``Intimate Partner Violence'' refutes the 95 percent claim: of 1,830 domestic violence murders, 510, or almost one third, were men. Another 1998 Justice Department report, ``Violence Against Women Survey,'' found that while 1,309,061 women experienced domestic violence, 834,732 men were also abused -- 39 percent of all victims.

Extensive research documents that men and women are almost equally likely to initiate domestic violence. And, despite clear evidence that both men and women suffer domestic violence, the federal act remains blatantly gender-biased. The principle reason male victims are ignored is that no violence against women money can be used for male victims. Police and prosecutors who spend time on male victims of female violence suffer a double whammy: they directly expend scarce resources on the cases, and they lose additional funding because for every such male victim there is one less female victim for which federal money is exclusively earmarked.

If male victims even report a crime, they are usually victimized a second time by the system: at best treated with indifference or ridicule, at worst prosecuted as the ``real'' abuser. Gender profiling has become a prevalent practice in domestic violence cases. Like racial profiling, gender profiling presumes guilt based on bias and prejudice.

Recent cases I have seen include Eastside men who have been punched, hit, choked, scratched, and threatened with weapons by female perpetrators, none of whom have been charged with crimes.

Change is needed. If you are a victim, stand up and be counted. Demand action, respect and equal rights. If you believe every victim counts, regardless of gender, speak up. Call your elected officials, police and prosecutors. Demand they stop sending male victims to the back of the bus, stop gender profiling, and stop giving female abusers a pass.

No victim can get real justice when only some victims are deemed legitimate. Every victim counts, and every abuser must be held accountable. Blaming only one gender for domestic violence in our society needlessly polarizes men and women, when we should be working together for better solutions.

©2007, Lisa Scott

Make VAWA Gender Neutral Petition


Click here to sign this petition.

The Make VAWA Gender Neutral Petition to Senator Joseph Biden was created by and written by Stanley B. Gaver (sbgaver@earthlink.net). This petition is hosted here as a public service. There is no endorsement of this petition, express or implied.

Your tax dollars at work


If the org itself hadn’t sent an e-mail, I would’ve had trouble believing this one!

Note how the focus is not on the violence, but on changing boys to be different. In other words, it’s not the violence that’s the problem, it’s the boys!

The term “gendered violence” is also suspect, as there has never been any objective research into whether this social phenomenon even exists.

Also note the disclaimer that gives the feds an out should anyone complain this is a poor use of taxpayer funding.

PreventConnect.org is a national online project
dedicated to the primary prevention of violence
against women.

Growing Boys into Men:
Countering Traditional Masculinity Through Norms Change

Countering norms that reinforce traditional masculinity is an opportunity to prevent violence in a lasting, comprehensive way. This web conference will highlight specific strategies and efforts that seeks to change norms related to gendered violence. Different norms will be examined with regard to their historical context, distinct challenges, and opportunities for collaborative work.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010
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