Feeds

ACPO proposes new domestic violence database

Fears over unsubstantiated and malicious allegations

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Boost IT visibility and business value

Research in this area is constantly stymied by the conflicting views of special interest groups, with even the question of what "counts" as domestic violence – and therefore how big a problem it actually is - up for grabs.

The current Home Office definition of domestic violence is "any violence between current and former partners in an intimate relationship, wherever the violence occurs. The violence may include physical, sexual, emotional and financial abuse."

This represents a rowing back from earlier definitions, which included terms such as "belittlement", which increased the headline victim count, but also produced the unexpected finding that men and women were almost equally victims of domestic violence.

Current Home Office policy appears to be based on estimates taken from the British Crime Survey, which suggests that between one in five and one in three victims of domestic violence are male.

The research was headed up by a team from Wiltshire police, under Chief Constable, Brian Moore. It was supported by a steering group weighted towards women (75%) and representatives from Women’s support projects, such as Refuge and Women’s Aid.

In justifying the need for a gender-specific report on violence against women, the Home Office claim that this is necessary because the impact of violence is greater on women and a source of gender inequality. A spokesman for the Home Office told us: "We must look at this from a gendered perspective, because the violence is being fuelled primarily by gender inequality".

Campaigners for men’s rights contest this, arguing before the House of Commons Select Committee on Home Affairs that the issues faced by male victims of domestic violence are different from the issues that women have to deal with, and that they require different solutions.

They also maintain that the Home Office approach is part of a wider discrimination, that insists on viewing domestic violence as an almost exclusively female issue – despite their own figures that showed significant numbers of men also suffer from it.

George Macaulay, a spokesman for the UK Men’s Movement, condemned the report as being hugely discriminatory, since it utterly failed to look at how men were impacted by domestic violence.

Whether all these initiatives will survive the arrival of a conservative government committed to cutting back on “unnecessary” collection of data by the state is a question that we may soon find out.®

Bootnote

Yesterday (November 19) was International Men’s Day.

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

More from The Register

next story
Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees
'Greenhouse effect is real, but as for the rest of it ...'
'Blow it up': Plods pop round for chat with Commonwealth Games tweeter
You'd better not be talking about the council's housing plans
Arrr: Freetard-bothering Digital Economy Act tied up, thrown in the hold
Ministry of Fun confirms: Yes, we're busy doing nothing
Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov
Copyright law reforms will keep m'learned friends busy
Apple smacked with privacy sueball over Location Services
Class action launched on behalf of 100 million iPhone owners
Adam Afriyie MP: Smart meters are NOT so smart
Mega-costly gas 'n' 'leccy totting-up tech not worth it - Tory MP
Yes, Australia's government SHOULD store comms metadata
Not because it's a good idea but because it already operates the infrastructure and processes to do it well
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.