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Feminist concern over protection order drop

Filed under: Domestic Violence — JohnPotter @ 1:40 pm Thu 20th October 2005

With the National Network of Stopping Violence Services Annual Conference under way at Auckland’s Waipuna Lodge, the feminist propaganda machine has kicked into high gear.

The Herald warns that: ‘Faith in protection orders wanes‘. The story by Simon Collins begins with an impressive graph with prominent red arrows pointing upwards under the heading “Male Assaults Female”. There are no reported figures for violence by females to balance this picture.

The second section: “Protection Orders” is not separated by gender, but it shows a dramatic drop in the numbers of Protection Orders both sought and granted since 1999.

The article says that the drop in applications for orders, despite Women’s Refuge efforts to encourage women to seek them, is because they are loosing faith with the justice system:

The services manager of Auckland agency Preventing Violence in the Home, Holly Carrington, said the courts were failing to enforce protection orders when men breached them by contacting their former partners or failing to attend anti-violence programmes.

“Here in Auckland the courts are a major problem in the response to family violence; a major barrier to the safety of victims,” she said.

“Sentencing for family violence offenders is so inconsistent, and much more often than not they are way too lenient. They [offenders] have to practically kill someone to get a prison sentence.”

This is a rather extraordinary claim, and it is given a prominent position in the article. Many reasonable people would be rightly alarmed if this were the case. Unfortunately there is no attempt to check out the facts, or present an alternative viewpoint.

It is indisputable that men’s groups are having an impact, and the domestic violence industry is in damage-control mode, pushing their dishonest spin that it is all about “mens rights”:

A joint submission to MPs by refuges and nine other agencies, quoted in a report last week by the Parliamentarians’ Group on Population and Development, said the Family Court was “increasingly seen to be overriding the safety of women and children in favour of ‘men’s rights’.”

Women’s Refuge chief executive Heather Henare said there had been enormous pressure on judges from the fathers’ rights movement, reflected in comments by Waitakere Judge Philip Recordon last week that men up for their first offence “at the lower end of the scale” should sometimes be discharged without conviction.

Justice Ministry analyst Elizabeth Bartlett suggests that the “underlying incidence of family violence has remained unchanged” which would surely suggest that all the money being poured into Feminist social-engineering schemes is a total waste. But when you are a government and one of your pet projects, run by your sisters, isn’t working what do you do? Yep, you do it more, with increased resources and funding!

The Ministry of Women’s Affairs has commissioned two Waikato University academics, lawyer Ruth Busch and psychologist Neville Robertson, to conduct a year-long study of protection orders, including the barriers preventing women from seeking them.


  1. What an outrageous sham the Ministry of wimmins affairs is. I see they’re going to appoint a year long study of protection orders, including ‘barriers’ to women seeking them. Talk about researching with a forgone conclusion already held! PC – Pathetically Correct.
    I know one of the academics who’s being appointed to do the ‘research’ very well – Neville Robertson – Waikato social sciences lecturer.
    Many years ago I was naive enough to be involved with him for a few years in a feminist men’s group in Hamilton, until I saw the feminazzi bullshit they were pulling.
    Now that I’ve long graduated beyond his stupid academic femthink I consider him a dangerously deluded feminist poodle – perfect for the job wimmin have for him.
    This is the feminist frontman guy I wrote about in other threads who in all earnestness used to stand in front of 300 or so impressionable freshman students and spout such garbage as – we live in a patriarchy, all men are rapists, 1 in 4 women have been sexually assaulted, if I see a woman alone in the street I always cross over to the opposite side of the road from her to make her feel safe, blah, blah, blah.
    He has made a lucrative career out of brown-nosing marxist radfems thereby selling his brothers down the river as he suckles on the public purse.
    So IMO we can expect more misandrist bullshit from those quarters, and paid for by the taxpayers of NZ to boot. A shame and a sham.

    Comment by stephen — Thu 20th October 2005 @ 2:07 pm

  2. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm. No mention of the little faith we have in access or custody orders. What a crock of shit.

    Comment by Mark Lloyd — Fri 21st October 2005 @ 7:33 am

  3. Also this from Free radical, a NZ website –

    Ruth Busch, an associate professor of law who is also a feminist, teaches a course on law, society and domestic violence. Busch asked students at the first lecture of the course to explain what they think “domestic violence” means. A Maori student replied that she, as a Maori woman, experienced “domestic violence” everyday – not from a man, or from another woman, but from the “dominant Pakeha culture.” “Domestic violence,” for this woman, is neither domestic nor violent, but a cultural crime committed by whites against “her people.” Busch listened intently to this woman’s nonsense and immediately nodded in vigorous agreement. More on Busch later.

    Comment by stephen — Fri 21st October 2005 @ 2:43 pm

  4. Stephen,
    where does she (Busch) lecture?


    Comment by tonyf — Wed 26th October 2005 @ 2:17 pm

  5. University of Waikato

    Info here about Associate Professor Ruth Busch

    Comment by JohnP — Wed 26th October 2005 @ 2:43 pm

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