Saturday, February 23, 2008

DV victims become accused

Unfortunately radical feminists and "women's groups" are in denial about the reality of female domestic abuse and violence by their own biases and misandry (hatred of male).

In New Zealand Government agencies are over flowing with radical feminists who openly display vindictive and vengeful traits. Radical feminists are so full of hatred they are blinded by their own ideologies and they detest providing practical solutions to avoid conflict, which makes my idea of the introduction of a coal face early intervention service a mere distant dream.A service that could provide a mutually agreeable solution within 2- 3 weeks or sooner. DV studies in New Zealand show that both genders are roughly equal in numbers represented in DV statistic's, however a female assault male charge does not appear in Crown law's extensive artillery.
The Sydney Morning Herald
23 February 2008

Domestic violence victims become accused
By Jordan Baker Chief Police Reporter

The number of women accused of violence against partners has risen by almost 25 per cent in five years, and domestic violence workers blame the rise on police mistakenly arresting victims for trying to defend themselves.

Policies encouraging arrests for domestic violence have had the unintended effect of increasing the risk that women will be arrested with an abusive partner or be blamed for violence, they say.

That view is backed by a new report by the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse, which warns it can be hard to pick the aggressor but that accusing victims can make them distrust the justice system.

In the 12 months to September 2003 police recorded 4,918 women as persons of interest for perpetrating domestic violence. By 2006-07 that had risen to 6,056, figures from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research show.

Of the women arrested for domestic violence-related assault in the five years to last September only 32 per cent of the cases reached court, compared with 56 per cent of cases involving men, statistics show.

The bureau's director, Don Weatherburn, said the increase was likely to have been driven by more than one factor. Others could include an increase in binge drinking, or more men who were willing to admit they are victims.

"It's possible that people are becoming less tolerant of violence by females than they used to be," he said. More women are also being arrested for assault not related to domestic violence, which some attribute to a rise in alcohol abuse. Others say women can be as violent as men, and that in more than half of violent partnerships partners struck each other.

The Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse report said policies encouraging arrest or making it mandatory had resulted in a rise in the arrest of the perpetrators and "a corresponding rise in the number of dual arrest and single arrests of women for domestic violence".

The report warned it was sometimes hard for police to identify who was the victim or the perpetrator, especially if both had injuries. Wounds inflicted in self-defence, such as biting, were more immediately visible than bruising.

A report on domestic violence by the NSW Ombudsman in 2006 raised similar concerns, saying it was especially a problem in cases involving same-sex parties or in which the victim did not conform to stereotypes of how victims should behave. This could result in a lack of action or the wrong response.

"Sometimes she's hysterical, or doesn't look like what they think a victim should look like," said a spokeswoman for the NSW Domestic Violence Coalition, Betty Green. "It's easy to make a judgment rather than an assessment. Going through the court process as a perpetrator of violence, when that's not what it's all about, can be shattering."

However, Superintendent Rod Smith, commander of policy and programs, said every police force in Australia had rejected primary aggressor policies as a bad investigative tool. Police did need to get better at identifying victims.

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