Wall of Shame
Misandry in Domestic Violence Programs
According to a 2010 national survey by the Centers for Disease Control and U.S. Department of Justice, in the last 12 months more men than women were victims of intimate partner physical violence and over 40% of severe physical violence was directed at men. Some 5.37 million men (and 4.71 million women) were victims of intimate partner violence in the past year. Men were also more often the victim of psychological aggression and control over sexual or reproductive health. Despite this, few services are available to male victims of intimate partner violence.
There was a similar finding in the National Violence Against Women Survey, often cited as Department of Justice, 2000 or (Tjaden and Thoennes 2000). That study found that each year 1.3 million women and 835,000 men were victims of domestic violence.
So we have created a Wall of Shame, to list some of the Web sites and programs that promote misandry and hide the facts about male victims of domestic violence. Please let us know if there are other sites and programs that belong on this Wall of Shame.
The First Place of Dishonor goes to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
"Every home a safe home" - unless there's a violent woman there. She, we'll ignore. That second statistic, 85%? That's from Intimate Partner Violence, 1993-2001, an analysis of national crime victimization data. It reports only 588,490 such crimes in 2001, compared to the 1.3 million found in the National Violence Against Women Survey and 4.74 million woman victims on 2010.
A special award goes to the DART Center for Journalism and Trauma, the Columbia School of Journalism and the Nieman Center at Harvard University.
The DART Center ran a special conference in October, 2012, to indoctrinate journalists with the gender-polarized view that intimate partner violence is only against women, not against people. Its Tip Sheet, The Basics: What Every Reporter Needs to Know about IPV by Stefanie Friedhoff of the Nieman Center for Journalism at Harvard University, states that 85% of IPV is against women, and "According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 1.3 million women are victims of intimate partner violence each year." Wrong on two counts. First, it's a National Institute of Justice study co-sponsored by CDC. Second, what about the men? Surely, a good journalist, from Harvard no less, would check her sources rather than simply parrot misandrist factoids. The Tip Sheet was part of a DART workshop "Out of the Shadows: Reporting on Intimate Partner Violence." Perhaps the workshop should be named "Into the Shadows: Hiding Intimate Partner Violence Against Men"
We should also mention the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for its generosity in funding this indoctrination session for journalists.
"Voice of America - a trusted source of news and information." Is it? Here's from a November, 2011 article "Philadelphia Cracks Down on Domestic Violence." "Unfortunately, the situation Armstrong found herself in is not unique. Every year in the United States, about 1.3 million women are abused by their husbands or boyfriends, according the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence" NCADV sucks in another sucker.
This misinformation is rampant. A Google search on the phrase "Each year 1.3 million women are victims ..." listed over 600 Web pages that list the statistic in IPV against women and leave out the men."
The National Council on Crime and Delinquency wins a special award for misrepresenting teen dating violence. The CDC's Youth Behavior Risk Survey (YBRS)found "that 8.9% of students (8.9% of males and 8.8% of females) reported PDV victimization during the 12 months preceding the survey." NCCD misrepresents this as "In the US alone, approximately 1 in 3 adolescent girls (estimates up to 35%) is a victim of interpersonal violence," citing that CDC YBRS. It focuses exclusively on the impact on girls, including increased risk of being in a fight requiring medical care, carrying a weapon, depression and suicide ideation and increased drug and alcohol use - as if boys, too, do not experience these things.
Next is the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
"Women are a "significantly greater" risk of intimate partner violence than men. By conservative estimates, 1.5 million women in the United States are assaulted by their intimate partners every year. (Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey, National Institute of Justice and Centers Disease Control and Prevention, July 2000)"
The Washington (State) Domestic Violence Hotline deserves mention. "Approximately 1.5 million women are raped and/or physically assaulted by an intimate partner each year in the'United States.--National Institute of Justice, July 2000"
The Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence has a "media fact sheet." The 2006 edition used to cite the "1.3 million women" line until I pointed out to them they left out the men. Their solution? Rather than saying 1.3 million and 835,000 men are victims, they relied on the 85% figure I mentioned above, for the 588,490 women in the National Crime Victimization survey. They "lost" 711,510 woman victims, rather than report on domestic violence against men. Their former "fact sheet" stated: ""Approximately 1.5 million women are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States. Source: Extent, Nature and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey, Patricia Tjaden and Nancy Thoennes for the National Institute of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control, 1998" I used it in my Critical Thinking classes at the University of Phoenix, an an example of the fallacy of omitted information. Their site and materials give no acknowledgement of the fact that men, too, are the victims of domestic violence.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. So much for research "quality!" This is from their Mental Health: Research FIndings Program Brief. "An estimated 1.3 million women are physically abused by their intimate partners each year." It goes on to list all the physical and mental health problems that women face. I guess in their view, the physical and mental health of male victims doesn't matter.
The South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault should not be overlooked. "Approximately 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year." They cite the former SUrgeon General, who was given bad info by his staff. "Domestic violence is the leading cause of injuries to women age fifteen to forty-four, more common than auto accidents, mugging, and cancer combined." In fact, The CDC ER Census shows traffic accidents and falls are the leading cause, followed by animal/insect bites and overexertion. Assaults only accounted for 5%, and only 37% of those were by an intimate partner.
Dosomething.org, a site for teens, is way out there, too, providing misandric misinformation to teens, trying to get them to "do something." They cite a 95% figure that has been debunked a decade ago. "About 95% of all domestic violence victims are female. The majority of male victims are assaulted by other men. One third of American women and one quarter of women worldwide will experience domestic/dating violence in their lifetime. An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year. Some studies say the numbers are even greater – up to 5.3 million – since most assaults go unreported."
The Riley Center (St. Vincent de Paul, San Francisco) deserves special "way out of it" mention. "95% of all victims of domestic violence are women. Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report, U.S. Dept. of Justice." As I said, that myth was debunked a decade ago.
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