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Police claim earthquake increased domestic violence

Filed under: Domestic Violence — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 11:13 pm Wed 8th September 2010

This piece of propaganda today deserves mention. It’s typical of domestic violence claims: vague, unaccountable and misleading.

Vague, because the article gives no indication of what the claimed “increase of 53% in family violence offences since Saturday morning” was based on, how this figure was measured, exactly what it was measuring, or what the number of “offences since Saturday morning” was being compared to (Friday morning? Average for the year? Number for the corresponding period last year?).

Unaccountable, because the figures were described as “provisional statistics” that can be easily excused if and when any valid figures emerge.

Misleading, (i) because the police refer to “family violence offences” when none will have yet been proven to be offences through a proper process, and not all domestic callouts will even involve an alleged offence, and (ii) because the police claimed Womens Refuge was an organisation that could help “people suffering from stress”. Womens Refuge of course will refuse to help any male who contacts them about stress, and will be very likely to increase any woman’s stress by encouraging her to blame the man for her stress and behaviour and by putting pressure on her to break up her family.

Sorry for being a doubting Thomas, but I suspect this figure and the whole claim is a whole lot of bumkum, probably designed to elicit public support for the draconian “police protection orders” that certainly will protect police employment security but will already be causing huge injustice towards men. The fact that the police prejudiciously referred to “domestic violence offences” supported the suspicion that this media release was a self-justifying propaganda exercise.


  1. Well said Hans. Inspector John Price is talking about a 53 percent increase on what? Yesterday, the day before or the same time last week, or for the same period last year? This is typical of the BS spun by the media on a popular soap box subject that is invariably looked at subjectively. This article is meaningless and again paints a misleading picute about the truth about domestic violence and the need for these socalled police safety orders, which are in effect means the cops have to put no effort into responding to call outs…they now just simply tell the man to bugger off for 5 days or face being locked up so they can quickly move on to the next job and give this case little thought.

    Comment by Gerry — Wed 8th September 2010 @ 11:33 pm

  2. Women’s Refuge Scam Exploits Quake victims.

    Comment by John Brett — Thu 9th September 2010 @ 8:54 am

  3. It’s interesting that this should come so closely on the heels of the Parity report released in the U.K. last week that showed how biased the police and courts were regarding domestic violence, and how high the true rate of female offending was.

    A similar thing happened only two weeks ago. A middle-aged Englishwoman was caught on YouTube dropping a cat into a wheelie-bin (out of which it would presumably soon be compacted by a rubbish-truck), and the footage went all around the world. At the time I wondered how long it would take for some counter that would accentuate how men were cruel to animals – I didn’t need to wait long. Within two days TV1 ran a story of a puppy being kicked around a park by a group of boys, and the usual ‘cruelty to animals link to sexual violence’ line was given an airing again (I don’t recall anyone suggesting the cat-binning Englishwoman was a latent sex offender).

    You can set your watch by this stuff. Anything that doesn’t fit the feminist narrative is just contradicted with a counter story in a day or so to stop anyone getting the wrong idea. Paul Elam at the blog ‘A Voice For Men’ has already set his watch ticking for the media counter-attack in defence of a horrible murder committed by a woman in Houston recently. He gives it 96 hours at the most.

    Comment by rc — Thu 9th September 2010 @ 9:22 am

  4. Government funding of $2.5 million for an extra 50 counsellors. A total of 150 counsellors now available, to assist those seeking learned helplessness. They’ll collectively be the most damaging aftershock that Christchurch society has to deal with as a result of this earthquake.

    Comment by Watchful Eye — Thu 9th September 2010 @ 9:56 am

  5. Its the same myth as has been pushed about lost sports games.

    Remember this will be an incident catergirised in mutiple categories. The figures need exploring as Gerry points out. Its time there was some honesty about the measurement.

    Given the disaster of an earth quake on Saturday and over 200 aftershocks since thebn the people of Christchurch are undoubtley shell shocked. Does it increase domestic violence by 53% I doubt it!



    Comment by Scrap_The_CSA — Thu 9th September 2010 @ 9:31 pm

  6. Cynical but funny! Another aftershock for many Christchurchers will be delivered by the army of building inspectors “fanning out” over the city usurping citizens’ right to make choices about their own properties and welfare. Residents will wonder if they have died and now find themselves in hell…

    Comment by Hans Laven — Thu 9th September 2010 @ 10:57 pm

  7. I thought that this is a very positive story from Europe, about providing homes for divorced men.
    Divorced men given shelter in pioneering Swiss project

    But where will money for such things come from, in anglosphere countries? Not from the state, they only give to female causes.

    Comment by Kiwi in Thailand — Fri 10th September 2010 @ 5:35 pm

  8. With the countdown to the Rugby World Cup already started, how soon before we start seeing media releases about the expected surge in D.V.?

    Comment by rc — Fri 10th September 2010 @ 8:52 pm

  9. Cynical, oh no no no. If I was going to be cynical I’d say something like; It is our broken families that are funding the failed business of government.

    Comment by Watchful Eye — Mon 13th September 2010 @ 9:58 am

  10. You mean LIES and feminist propaganda about anticipated surge in DV.

    Comment by allen foster — Mon 13th September 2010 @ 12:06 pm

  11. Provisional statistics show there has been an increase of 53 per cent in family violence offences since Saturday morning in those areas affected by the earthquake.

    Rubbish. This quote is published on Wednesday. There is no way they have reliable statistics in that time frame.

    I would draw attention back to the recent Haiti earthquake. In that instance claims of men abusing women were used to justify the subsequent refusal of food aid to men.

    This appears to be a relatively new tactic but it is clearly being used to justify and enhance the disregard global agencies have for the welfare of men and boys.

    I expect this to continue and accelerate.

    Comment by gwallan — Tue 14th September 2010 @ 5:37 pm

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