Fifty years of lies about domestic violence

27 September 2021

 4:08 PM

Her success caught the attention of the fledging Women’s Movement which was struggling financially after their initial housewife fan base grew tired of their provocative antics. They realized that domestic violence was their perfect cash cow, an issue destined to attract generous support from women and the natural chivalry of men. So, they moved in on Erin’s operation and took it over, ultimately erasing her from the history of the women’s refuge movement.   

That’s the great irony. Erin Pizzey’s own efforts became the trigger for an almighty, world-wide enterprise, an industry which she now describes as “one of the most fraudulent movements history has ever seen.” 

She’s spent the last half century speaking out about the billions of dollars being spent across the world, employing armies of feminist bureaucrats to deny the essential truth that women are rarely innocent victims of dangerous men but more often active participants in family violence. Having grown up in a violent home, with a mother who once whipped her with the cord from an iron, Erin knew about how women contribute to generational violence. She wasn’t surprised to discover that many of the women filling her women’s refuges were as dangerous as the men they had left – lashing out at their own children and other women in the homes.   

This brave woman’s determination to speak out about two-way violence led to death threats and constant harassment from the feminists, which eventually forced her to leave the country and spend many years living overseas. She’d planned a trip to Australia in 1976, having been invited by our women’s refuges but the invitation was withdrawn when the feminists discovered she’d spoken about women’s violence in the New Zealand leg of her trip.   

Spending her working life being de-platformed, ostracized and abused doesn’t make for an easy life. There’s a fundraiser designed to help the now 82-year-old who is unable to afford a new car after discovering her old one failed to comply with new low emissions laws. I hope many of you will contribute something in appreciation of this heroic woman’s efforts to seek fair treatment for abused men. 

Across the Pacific the Americans are also taking up the fight in a big way – this week launching a Tell the Truth about Domestic Violence campaign. This international media and advocacy campaign fightback is being driven by CEDV (Coalition to End Domestic Violence) which aims to ensure that domestic violence laws, policies, and practices are based on science, not ideology, and support the needs of all victims.  

They’ve put together a heavily referenced document – Thirty Years of Domestic Violence Half-Truths, Misrepresentations and Lies – which exposes the role of the US Department of Justice in funding and promoting the ongoing disinformation campaign.  

Take the famous 2009 statement by Attorney General Eric Holder claiming that intimate partner violence was the leading cause of death for younger African American women. It was five years before the Justice Department admitted that was wrong. In fact, it comes in seventh or eighth on the list, well down from causes like cancer and heart disease.     

CEDV rebuts many of the key DV fibs, like men beating up wives on Superbowl Sunday or the recent promised “second pandemic” of lockdown violence. They have put together useful fact sheets to be shared by sympathetic media in the participant countries like Mexico, Portugal, Canada, as well as the UK and USA. 

Meanwhile, in Australia we’re confronting a pivotal moment in our own disinformation campaign.  

Next year the funding for the National Plan to reduce Violence against Women and their Children runs out – having wasted an extraordinary $3 billion largely on promoting feminist ideology which has no bearing on true causes of domestic violence. (Look at this extract from a submission by the one in three campaign to a recent inquiry, presenting abundant evidence refuting the central claim that DV stems from gender inequality.)  

The stage is set for this huge juggernaut to just roll on, with the femocrats trotting out more of the same dangerous, anti-male propaganda.   

But now there has emerged a powerful weapon which could just steer things in a different direction, if the silent majority makes itself heard.  

In April a bi-partisan parliamentary report was released which included two pathbreaking recommendations, namely: 

  • “…that the next National Plan be named the “National Plan to Reduce Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence” 
  • “…that the next National Plan be inclusive of the diversity of victim-survivors. In particular, the next plan should recognise the rights and needs of women; children in their own right; men; older Australians; LGBTQI people; and people living with a disability. 

Well, wouldn’t that set the cat amongst the pigeons? Requiring our domestic violence policies to properly address all victims of violence would mean moving away from failed policies falsely claiming that misogyny and gender inequality are principal drivers of domestic violence.   

The Social Policy and Legal Affairs Committee that made these recommendations noted that the previous National Plan’s policies had been totally unsuccessful. “The $3b domestic violence effort has failed,” declared the Australian Financial Review after the Committee published their report. As the Committee stated, “It is clear that the national plan has not achieved its objective of a significant and sustained reduction in violence against women and their children.” 

Hmm, well, therein lies the problem. The DV bureaucrats are endlessly expanding the definition of domestic violence – most recently by including coercive control – to expand their power base and keep themselves in business but that means they can’t possibly meet their own milestones for success. It’s a conundrum worthy of a Yes Minister episode, with Humphrey Appleby patiently explaining to his Minister that, “It’s not that we don’t want to see fewer victims, but …”    

This important report appears to be languishing in too-hard baskets in relevant Minister’s offices. Cowering politicians are clearly nervous of arousing the ferocious women’s mob that ripped some of their kind apart earlier this year and hoping that by keeping quiet they might make it peacefully through to the next election.  

But if we let that happen, the new National Plan will be set in stone – filled with even more measures which do nothing to actually protect women let alone all the diverse groups of victims, including men. The social engineering proposed by this mob is becoming even more ambitious: new school proposals covering financial literacy for girls as well as expanded gender equity and sexual consent courses; safe and affordable housing for victims of violence and more women in STEM initiatives. 

Naturally there will be unlimited funding for the huge propaganda bureaucracies like ANROWS (Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety). Take a look at the catchy title of their latest offering: Crossing the line: Lived experience of sexual violence among trans women from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds in Australia. The cost to taxpayers of this drivel was $262k

Most of the community would surely support an inclusive policy that addresses all these victim groups, from men to battered lesbian women to vulnerable elderly or disabled people, and perhaps most important of all, children growing up with violent mothers. This has to be a popular measure – but what we must do is convince politicians that this is what most people want.

 

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Erasing mothers’ violence towards their children

14 December 2021

 

4:00 AM

When the Howard government introduced family law reforms encouraging shared parenting, Australia led the world in supporting children’s rights to have both divorced parents actively involved in their care. Now, fifteen years later, these reforms have been derailed by claims this puts youngsters at risk through exposing them to violent fathers. The whole family law system has been highjacked by false violence accusations very effectively ensuring women retain care of children whilst most dads fight for minimal contact.

Imagine if the truth emerged that mothers pose a far greater risk than fathers of physical and psychological abuse and neglect of children. Think of the repercussions if there was proper public discussion of the irrefutable statistical evidence showing fathers are more likely to provide safer care than mothers.

It might even give a family court judge pause before he gives a nod to the current default position of believing a woman’s claims that she’s the safer option. That’s the last thing feminist bureaucrats want – hence they work hard to ensure all relevant government bodies toe the line.

The systematic suppression of statistics showing women’s violence towards their children is one of the great untold stories – a scandal that our docile media dutifully ignores in their determination to stick to the ‘dangerous dad’ narrative.

Amazingly it is over twenty-five years since our official Australian government bodies have published statistics on the gender of child abuse perpetrators – despite this information being readily available in the data sets used for their regular reports on child protection issues.

Back in 1996, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare published a paper on child abuse and neglect which included the provocative finding that mothers were nearly twice as likely (628 compared to 331 cases) as fathers to be responsible for abuse or neglect, according to data from the states and territories for which information was available. The research paper also noted that ‘more substantiated emotional and sexual abuse and neglect cases involved children from female single-parent families than from other types of families’.

When this revealing data was picked up by the media, the sisterhood flexed its muscles. In the next year, the AIHW announced their decision no longer to publish figures on the gender of perpetrators of child abuse. Their explanation was fatuous – claiming not all states had provided relevant statistics, which was also true for the data that caused the stir in 1996. (See the 1996 paper here, which unsurprisingly is no longer available on the AIHW website.)

So, for the last quarter century, our official statisticians monitoring the abuse of the most vulnerable people in our society have been dancing to the feminists’ tune and refusing to release information vital to child protection.

Yet the odd crack has emerged in this carefully controlled wall of silence regarding child safety. In 2008 a freedom of information request forced the West Australian Department of Child Protection to cough up their statistics which showed that mothers were perpetrators in 73 per cent of cases of neglect and abuse by parents in 2007-8. Mothers were responsible for almost 68 per cent of cases of emotional and psychological abuse by parents, about 53 per cent of physical abuse, and more than 93 per cent of all neglect cases. Here’s the overview:

But that’s a rare glimpse at the truth on this issue. In the main, the carefully constructed narrative holds firm in this country, with nothing allowed to detract from the dangerous dad plot-line. Look at this article about ‘Who Abuses Children?’ from the Australian Institute of Family Studies. It follows the feminist script by conveniently lumping together fathers and stepfathers to claim twice as many children are physically abused by ‘dads’ than mums.

Earlier this year journalist Angela Shanahan wrote for The Weekend Australian about the feminist war on men. She included discussion of the reporting of filicide, where parents kill their children. As Shanahan explained, a father who kills his child is inevitably labelled a monster, whilst the media indulges in endless psychobabble finding excuses as to how a mother could possibly do such a thing.

Shanahan mentioned research from a 2012 national study of filicide which found that although slightly more of the perpetrators were men, children were actually most likely to be killed by their mothers than their fathers. Of the total of 284 children killed between 2000 and 2010 by a parent or a stepparent most (133) were killed by their mothers, 81 were killed by their fathers, with the remaining children killed by stepfathers.

(These patterns have since been confirmed – a 2015 examination of homicide data by the Australian Institute of Criminology noted that females accounted for over half – 52 per cent – of filicide offenders.)

One of the authors of the 2012 study then leapt into print with a letter to the editor, claiming it was ‘not helpful to demonise any perpetrator group’. Having included these figures in early drafts of her article, detailed figures on gender of perpetrators disappeared from all subsequent versions of the article.

Shanahan found herself up before the Press Council defending the figures she quoted in the article – ultimately successfully. The statistics have now been removed from The Australian’s website.

Recently, Australia has seen dreadful killings by mothers of their children.

‘Why are more mothers killing their children?’ asked the magazine Marie Claire in a rare article on this subject two years ago. The litany of horrors included in the article included: Kathleen Folbigg’s murder of her four babies; former Australian water polo player Keli Lane’s murder of her newborn baby Tegan; Cairns mother Raina Thaiday’s stabbing her seven children and her niece to death. And then there was four-year-old Chloe Valentine who died from at least 39 injuries to her body after being repeatedly forced to ride a 50kg motorbike. Her mother, Ashlee Jean Polkinghorne, filmed her crashing into various objects.

Naively, the article asks why nothing is being done to address the issue of filicide. The answer is simple; women are the major perpetrators, and no one wants to know.

The same picture emerges from countries everywhere – mothers are responsible for most child deaths. A very large study published in the British Medical Journal in 2017 reviewed 9431 studies to produce data from 33 countries and found that mothers committed 54.7 per cent of all parental homicides.

Look at this comparison using the latest 2019 data from America’s Child Maltreatment reports showing child homicides involving fathers compared to mothers, either acting alone or with a non-parent. The risk to children is over twice as large from mum, or mum plus boyfriend.

The same report shows over twice as many American cases of child abuse are perpetrated by mums acting alone than dads – 39.0 per cent compared to 22.6 per cent.

It is absolutely perverse that judges are using untested domestic violence accusations to keep fathers away from their children – ignorant of the fact that research shows in most genuinely violent families, women are involved in two-way violence. And they are being denied the official data showing the very much greater risks to children of living in sole mum households, particularly with strange men passing through their lives.

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