Victim-advocacy group Stop Abusive and Violent Environments warns that factual errors and misrepresentations in public education efforts sponsored by domestic violence organizations may represent an obstacle in the on-going effort to rid the nation of domestic violence. SAVE issues the alert in conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is observed in October each year.
The Partner Abuse State of Knowledge (PASK) project, a summary of over 1,700 domestic violence research studies, concludes that mutual abuse among partners is commonplace, and men and women engage in partner aggression at similar rates: http://domesticviolenceresearch.org/
Despite the PASK findings, SAVE notes some domestic violence organizations continue to ignore the problem of mutual abuse and minimize female-initiated aggression: www.saveservices.org/camp/truth/. Some groups maintain that domestic violence is an expression of patriarchal power, a stance that ignores the plight of thousands of women caught in abusive same-sex relationships.
The biased statements undergird shelter policies that allow male victims to be turned away. The informational errors also result in female offenders not being referred for anger management classes, substance abuse treatment, or other services: http://www.saveservices.org/downloads/VAWA-Has-It-Delivered-on-Its-Promises-to-Women
“Domestic Violence Awareness Month is supposed to be about enhancing citizens’ understanding of domestic violence,” notes SAVE spokesperson Sheryle Hutter. “But groups that distort the truth are keeping us from ending the cycle of violence.”
Organizations receiving federal grants are prohibited from engaging in wasteful or fraudulent practices, according to the Department of Justice:http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/financialguide/PDFs/OCFO_2012FinancialGuide.pdf Domestic violence services organizations are welcome to update their training materials and fact sheets based on SAVE’s Seven Key Facts About Domestic Violence: http://www.saveservices.org/key-facts/
“Groups that distort the truth are keeping us from ending the cycle of violence.” — S. Hutter, SAVE
PRESS RELEASE: http://bit.ly/17p7Xmz
ON THE RECORD ~ Throughout my life I have never committed any acts of domestic violence against a woman. I have a brother and sister and have been raised by “both” parents teaching us to always respect women, men, animals…etc. More importantly, I have a son and daughter and would never want them to experience domestic violence. Because I have experienced domestic violence; I am a victim of domestic violence. In the past I was attacked and injured (by a woman) and she was arrested.
Please read my story “Reckless Disregard”