Over at House of Dumb, Jon asks the pertinent question about Harriet Harman’s latest pronouncements on partner/spousal abuse.
How exactly does this mesh with the libs’ last great assault on
marriage? Will gays have to register which of them is the wife and
which is in the wrong ?
He certainly has a point. I remember on a previous occasion where the police had to be called to remove my ranting ex-wife from the premises, the incident triggered the wheels of bureaucracy to send me leaflets on domestic abuse. However things then became slightly surreal as whomever sent them noted the fact that they were being sent to a male, and accordingly sent me leaflets which made the assumption that the antagonist in my situation must therefore also be male and I gay, as the idea of female-on-male abuse obviously did not exist in their worldview.
A very good friend of mine is a social worker with over a decade of experience. In his native US, he specialised in domestic abuse cases. When he started working in this area due to that specialisation he was assigned such work, and in that capacity visited each of the local Women’s Refuges within a large radius. At each when he asked what provision was made locally for female-on-male abuse, he was greeted with total incomprehension and shock that such a possibility would even be raised. One official informed him outright that ‘we do not accept that such a thing exists’ and made a complaint against him for raising the issue.
How long before the first unhappy woman decides that she can invent a history of spousal abuse and just get rid of the problem? Murder is murder, ladies and gents, no matter the provocation. There exists in this country a superb network of support and infrastructure for women who wish to escape relationships that are controlling and/or abusive (as long as they aren’t Asian, at least. But the tendency of Asian police officers to utterly fail to do their jobs in DV cases involving other Asians is a whole other story). And if any woman was that trapped, that utterly frustrated, then I am damn sure that any judge and jury would take this into account under those specific circumstances in our current climate.
Creating legislation to deliberately move the goalposts in favour of women, or any other group, is nothing more than another perversion of what is left of our laughable ‘justice system’.