[Today's guest post was submitted by Hughman]
Domestic violence, the catch-all nuke from orbit excuse feminists love to use.
But what is it?
“Domestic violence is any threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between adults who are or have been in a relationship, or between family members. It can affect anybody, regardless of his or her gender or sexuality.
The violence can be psychological, physical, sexual or emotional. It can include honour based violence, female genital mutilation, and forced marriage.” – British Home Office
Now, the majority of people (in my personal anecdotal opinion) are under the impression that domestic violence is something that happens to purely women, from their male partners. Seems sensible really –- men are larger and more aggressive, and feminists are happy to admit to this. Yet note what the Home Office says. “…it can affect anybody.” Hmm, interesting.
So, I dug around through various government and university websites and pdfs. And lo and behold, the truth:
· According to the FBI, a woman is beaten every 15 seconds – The FBI a) does not collect statistics on domestic violence, and b) has never said such a thing
· 4,000 women each year are killed by their husbands, ex-husbands, or boyfriends [in the USA] – The stats just don’t add up to this. Total homicides of women is at about 5000, which means 80% of murders are from DV, which doesn’t seem right. Looking through and adding up all cases where the husband or partner was the murderer, there are about 1500 incidents. And this is counting all of them as domestic violence (some may well be related to gangland violence, retribution/crimes of passion etc etc). Either way, the figure is much smaller.
· All women, of all races, creeds, incomes and educations, are just as likely to be recipients of domestic violence – true at the baseline, but adjusting for income and education levels has not been done. Those from African or Middle Eastern nations, those below the poverty line and in the age range 18-30, are more likely to be a victim of abuse.
Domestic Violence ‘Acceptable’ Truths
I am not going to totally piss on feminism’s parade. There are some truths in their assumptions. Namely that men are more likely to commit sustained abuse on women (though it is hard to adjust for men, who may be more likely to leave abusive relationships, but that is speculation). Serious injury and fatalities are more likely to occur to abused women as well. The figures range from 2 to 10 times increased risk, depending on the report, and I will go with the Bureau of Justice’s report ‘Intimate Partner Violence Has Declined’, which puts it at about 3 times. (on a side note, in 1975, chance of injury and homicide was almost equal between genders. I wonder why this difference has opened up. Genuine, cooking the books, who knows)
· The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report says : “In nonreciprocal violent relationships, women were the perpetrators in more than 70% of the cases. Reciprocity was associated with more frequent violence among women, but not men.” [Source: Whitaker, Haileyesus, Swahn and Saltzman, Differences in Frequency of Violence and Reported Injury Between Relationships With Reciprocal and Nonreciprocal Intimate Partner Violence, American Journal of Public Health, May 2007, Vol 97, No. 5, pp. 941-947]
· Cal State Psychology Professor Martin Fiebert has assembled a bibliography of 175 scholarly investigations: 139 empirical studies and 36 reviews and/or analyses, which demonstrate that women are as physically aggressive, or more aggressive, than men in their relationships with their spouses or male partners.
· Of all persons who suffer an injury from partner aggression, 38% are male. [Source: John Archer: Sex differences in aggression between heterosexual partners: A meta-analytic review. Psychological Bulletin, Vol. 126, No. 5, pages 651-680]
Why Feminists can ‘claim’ there are ‘no abused men’
According to the National Family Violence Survey, female victims of DV are nine times more likely to call the police than male DV victims. These are the percentages of victims who called the police in response to the assault, with 8.5% of women calling the police, and only 0.5% of males.
Blind surveys where anonymity is preserved shows equal rates of domestic violence between the sexes.
Domestic Violence is serious, and very much exists. But what I am trying to get across is that women are not angels. They are just as likely to engage in abuse, and from the statistics that show men are more dangerous in their actions, one can conclude women are more verbally abusive and psychologically manipulative towards their male partners. And I haven’t even touched on homosexual DV.
You would think feminists would jump at equal DV ratios to ‘prove’ men and women are the same. But in this situation they are happy to highlight the ‘differences’ for their own benefit.
And that just sum up the orthodox feminists – total and unapologetic hypocrisy. Actually, they do not even admit to having double standards.