Female domestic abusers are given a ‘free pass’ Australian politician claims

Family|January 7th 2015

Female perpetrators of domestic violence are usually given a ‘free pass’ by the police and are frequently not prosecuted, an Australian politician has claimed.

Writing in the Brisbane Times, former senator Bill O’Chee insisted that “domestic violence is an equal opportunity killer” and that “women are just as capable of killing in domestic circumstances as men, especially when children are involved.”

In support of this claim, he cited a number of recent domestic murders in Australia with female perpetrators, as well as figures from the Australian Institute of Criminology claiming that 45 per cent of fatal domestic violence incidents involving children are committed by the mother.

The politician quotes a former police prosecutor now practicing as a solicitor, who told him that he did not charge a single woman with domestic violence in the ten years he spent in his previous role, “notwithstanding the fact over one third of domestic violence victims are men.”

His friend, wrote O’Chee, believed there was an “inherent bias” in the way the police treat female perpetrators of domestic violence. “They usually get a free pass”.

The former senator for Queensland said failure to prosecute women for domestic violence on the basis of their gender risked “creating a future domestic killer” because domestic abusers tend to commit increasingly severe offences over time.

He concluded:

“Equal opportunity for women must also mean equal responsibility for their actions, including their crimes.”

The article has attracted criticism from domestic violence campaigners. Melanie Fernandez of feminist organisation the Women’s Electoral Lobby described the article as “just not accurate” and “pretty disappointing”, The Guardian reports.

She claimed:

“We’ve got such a big problem of violence against women. To put something forward like this decreases the serious nature of that.”

Read O’Chee’s article here.

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  1. Stitchedup says:

    Well, I spent another 6 hours or so in the cells Monday…. my crime….. posting 2 Christmas cards + money for my sons through the letter box on Christmas morning , being in a bar/restaurant at the same time as my ex during December, and speaking to my sons when they were with my ex on the Sunday of Christmas week. Fortunately the custody sergeant kicked it out after I had been interviewed…. no criminal behaviour as there are no restrictions on me contacting/speaking to boys, no restrictions on my whereabouts and no restriction on my proximity to the ex…. I didn’t speak to her/communicate with her directly/indirectly so no breach of the restraining order. Looks like I’ll be putting a claim in for wrongful arrest and a breach of my right to private family life. There will also be a complaint going in from my elderly mother for the heavy handed, disrespectful and insensitive way the police behaved when I was arrested at her flat causing her immense distress. There will also be complaints going in from both my Sisters for the abusive, aggressive way the Police behaved at my sisters house on the Sunday of Christmas week.

    What does the above have to do with the post/article… several things.

    The first thing is the whole issue of domestic violence has little to do with physical violence anymore. The only time physical violence is mentioned is when feminists want to make it a male on female issue or when a domestic violence advertisement/poster is made.

    Secondly, Children are being harmed by the current policy of targeting only men/fathers. I have no doubt whatsoever that my ex is using the restraining order to stop me from having meaningful contact with my sons… it has nothing to do with her being in danger and/or in need of protection. On the contrary, the order is being used as weapon to inflict violence on me and to alienate myself and my family from the boys. The best the ex could say is that she felt “uncomfortable” when I was in the bar and when I was speaking to the boys. So it now appears some women include “feeling uncomfortable” in their definition of domestic violence…. it’s a bloody joke!!!

    The fact that feminists. politicians, the police and judiciary are prepared to turn a blind eye to the high numbers of children murdered by mothers is nothing short of criminal in itself; I’ve made this point before and it has been made on the BBC.

  2. bart says:

    As a male that has dated two females that have hit me, thriwn objects, broken my valuables, beat me and tried to stab me, I learned first hand that defending yourself will most likely get you jail time. Nobody will believe you, care to listen, and you will receive ridicule from police for getting beat up by a girl, not just leaving, and then the cops throw her a pity party and flirt to try to steal her away.

    Then when you distance yourself and ignire, forget about it, she starts stalking and slashing tires and harassment online etc, nothing will help you there again either.

  3. DM says:

    What will it take to wake up the ignorant politicians that domestic violence against men is a problem and something MUST be done about it. It’s long overdue that the MFP’s (male feminist politicians) who do anything and everything the feminists TELL them to do wake up to that fact. Here is just a few of the links that prove iit.
    This pdf contains over 160 pages of newspaper articles and Government of Canada statistics based on self reporting studies on family violence which state that men experience domestic violence nearly as much as women and when they complain to police, they are ignored. Men are socially conditioned “to take it like a man!” and not report domestic violence to police, many of whom are indoctrinated with the idea that women are always the victims, no matter what happened.

    Here is a study that shows women are just as violent in domestic situations as men. Note the sample size (over 1/3 of a million people) and over 300 references.
    SUMMARY: This bibliography examines 286 scholarly investigations: 221 empirical studies and 65 reviews and/or analyses, which demonstrate that women are as physically aggressive, or more aggressive, than men in their relationships with their spouses or male partners. The aggregate sample size in the reviewed studies exceeds 371,600.
    By: Martin S. Fiebert, Department of Psychology, California State University, Long Beach

    Domestic violence against men in India is not recognized by the law. The general perception is that men cannot be victims of violence.

    In comparing the 1975 and 1985 results, researchers observed that while the male use of severe physical violence had declined 21%, the female use of such violence remained virtually constant.38 In the 1992 results, researchers again found that while severe assaults by wives remained fairly steady, the rate of severe abuse perpetrated by husbands decreased between 1985 and 1992 by almost 37%. In overall comparison to the constant rate of husband abuse, the combination of such significant decreases in wifebeating represented a 50% drop between 1975 and 1992.

    Woman Arrested After Claiming Years of Domestic Abuse
    What isn’t as widely publicized is the number of false allegations of domestic violence, which actually outweighs the number real cases 5:1, according to a 2011 Florida Senate Interim Report.

    Intimate Partner Abuse Against Men – Public Health Agency of Canada

    Men Suffer PTSD, Depression from Domestic Abuse

    Domestic violence an equal opportunity killer
    Domestic violence: women more likely to be aggressive in relationships

    Domestic Violence Programs Discriminate Against Male Victims

    When men are battered

    A Profile of Female Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence: Implications for Treatment
    A review is made of female intimate abuse. It is concluded that females are as abusive as males in intimate relationships according to survey and epidemiological studies.

    Women given ‘free pass’ on domestic violence, says former Nationals senator

    As in many studies of IPV, the OYS found that much IPV is bidirectional (meaning both are violent), and in unidirectional abusive relationships, the women were more likely to be abusive than the men.
    Moreover, the study found that men’s physical aggression changes significantly when they find a new partner. Instead of a man being either a batterer or not, often it was his female partner’s violence or nonviolence which heavily influenced whether he would be violent to her.
    “Since much IPV is mutual and women as well as men initiate IPV, prevention and treatment approaches should attempt to reduce women’s violence as well as men’s violence. ”
    Man stabbed 15 times by his wife but ‘no one believed him’

    Why men remain silent about domestic violence

  4. Chris says:

    The simple fact is domestic violence is just that domestic violence! It can be committed by ANY and ALL members of any family! So the laws should NOT be one sided but should be all sided! Violence is violence, assault is assault, murder is murder and so on! Kids should NOT be used as pawns between the waring partners! Domestic violence against women and children is however much larger than it is against the men but that doesn’t mean there should be a different approach or that men who are abused shouldn’t get heard! I’d like to know why that is so difficult to understand or comprehend?? It is a crime to walk down the street and kill someone for any reason, why? Because that is murder and you should spend LIFE behind bars! It is no different in the home situation and if you kill one of your relatives then you should spend LIFE behind bars REGARDLESS! However then there’s battered, bruised and abused who decide to take matters into there own hands and fight back against their abuser and sometimes they kill the abuser, then in my opinion if they can prove that the history exists and their life was in danger then they should be set free, as they’ve been through enough hell in most circumstances!

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