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Thu 26th June 2014

BBC Live on Female Domestic Violence

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 2:34 pm

Realistic reporting about domestic violence has arrived in the UK – watch this breakfast video.

The number of women convicted of domestic violence offences has more than doubled in five years, according to figures obtained exclusively by BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast.

A new report by the CPS states that the number of women convicted of domestic abuse between 2005 and 2010 increased by 150%. Four thousand women were convicted in England and Wales last year.

Some people will be asking whether females are simply becoming more violent; and you couldn’t disagree that, socially they are becoming more visibly violent – but that’s misleading and not necessarily related to domestic violence.

It has been known as far back as Punch and Judy, that female domestic violence is real and various legitmate studies have found roughly equal numbers of male and female abusers.

What is happening now is a combination of more men reporting violence and authorities taking female violence seriously.

In New Zealand, unfortunately, I still think we are a long way off seeing female offending dealt with in the same way as male offending.

The perception that it is the gender of the offender that must be prosecuted rather than crime has a serious hold throughout the country – no, you think not – it goes right to the top, even the Minister of Police; see our previous post Anne Tolley resign immediately.

You may also be interested in this link from a comment by Dominic da Silva to a report from TheGuardian on female abusers:

The invisible domestic violence – against men

the widespread use of CCTV may have provided sufficient evidence for the police and CPS to override stereotypes of women as nonviolent. The erosion of the passive female stereotype is likely to result in more women being charged and convicted of offences generally, which might also result in increases in the conviction rates for women’s domestic violence.

3 Responses to “BBC Live on Female Domestic Violence”

  1. andrew says:

    Today there are increasing numbers of teenage girls who resort to quite horrific violent attacks even here on the West Coast.

  2. soMENi says:

    My 30ish-year-old neighbour got herself arrested on Family Violence charges last Sunday night.

    I was just about to put my head out of my bedroom window to give her a mouthful about her yelling keeping me from getting to sleep when I decided to peer through my curtains first. I witnessed her grabbing her boyfriend’s clothes and shaking him violently before slapping him around the head. He just sat there and took it.

    Anyway, I called the Police and they arrested her. They did an excellent job. They even temporarily forbade her from returning to her house even though she is the only tenant and her boyfriend is just the “boarder”.

    The constable told me that if she returns and even so much as commits psychological abuse against him then she is liable to be re-arrested for breaching her bail conditions.

    For the past week I’ve been able to have decent sleeps so that I can go to work refreshed each day and pay taxes so that she can continue to defraud MSD by collecting Sole Parent Support that she’s not entitled to and so she can defraud the government of a rent subsidy that she’s also not entitled to.
    Her “boarder” works full time and her only child has been living with it’s father for the past few months. The father of her child also works full time. He’s probably paying child support so that he can keep his son in his care without her changing her mind about the child’s placement. Gosh she’s got it tough! The poor soul could do with a mangina Labour politician apologizing to her.

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