green_man_2010 (green_man_2010) wrote in talk_politics,

Parity reports

Parity, a UK organisation campaigning for social equality, reports the following on its website
there is also evidence to suggest that forced marraige is an issue affecting young men in the UK, as well as young women. an estimated 20% of cases involve young men from ethnic minority communities.

Parity is campaigning for equal rights for both genders in all relevant areas.

* Men account for between one third and one half of all victims in intimate relationships, the proportion rising with the severity of the abuse suffered by them.
* Police records of domestic violence incidents show much lower proportions of male victims than this. Partly because of ‘macho’ attitudes and anticipated unsympathetic police responses, male victims tend to under-report even more than female victims, particularly younger men who experience only minor assault.
* There are over 400 publicly funded refuges for abused women and their children, but none specifically for abused men and their children, although five of the women’s refuges do allocate about 11 places for men and their children on an ad hoc basis. Generally, however, women’s refuges prohibit any men or older male children from the premises.

* Abused fathers wishing to leave the family home with their children face a possible charge of abducting the children as well as nowhere to go with them except bed and breakfasts. Many therefore continue to ‘live’ with the violence in order to protect their children.

* There are only three small charities, funded mainly by donations, helping male victims: in contrast, the national charities helping women victims receive substantial public funding.

* Local authorities at present receive about £60 million each year in government funding to specifically support female domestic violence victims, but nothing to support male victims. Indeed, authorities are measured by government on the support they specifically give female victims (by performance indicator BV 225). The result is that local authorities are discouraged from providing any support to specifically help male victims and their children in their areas since they receive no specific government funding for this.

* The government response to this inequality is that local authorities must show a ‘need’ by male victims for such support funding. Based on the numbers of actual male victims, including fathers, revealed by government studies, the need for some funded support is surely obvious.
* Government funding for male victims at present appears to extend only to one national helpline.
* The persisting lack of government funding for male victims in the light of its own research evidence, in defiance of the new Gender Equality Duty, appears to be unduly influenced by cost and by sexual politics at high level.

My take on this ?
Well, some may take exception to the fact that it's the Mail running with the story- however, statistics do seem to confirm that the previous Labour administration , in at the time, was indeed favourable to the extreme gender politics that attempted to demonise men instead of giving a fair hearing to both sides.
there is a pressing need for hostel spaces, and as women had to set up their own, it may be argued that men need to get organised and do likelwise.
well, it has happened. now, wher is the public funding for men that women's organisations already get? stats show that roughly , for every 2 female victims of domestic violence, there is one male one. so, where is the funding?

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Tags: discrimination, marriage, uk
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