Home Select Committee – Inquiry into Domestic Violence 2007

The prejudice and discrimination practiced by the Government and State against male victims of domestic violence
is such that the former Skimmington punishment of such men is now incorporated into official doctrine and policy
so as to constitute an abuse of male victims’ Human Rights.

Despite the submission of evidence of male victims of female perpetrated domestic violence to each of the three
previous Parliamentary inquiries into domestic violence (1974 and 1992 Home Affairs Select Committee, 1996 Public
Bills Committee of the House of Lords) and to the 2003 Safety and Justice consultation (Home Office Cm 5847) their
findings and recommendations have addressed the subject of violence and abuse between intimate partners as something that exists almost exclusively or only by males against females. Submissions on behalf of male victims were ignored.

No specific witnesses have ever been called to give expert testimony on male victims and the considerations and
recommendations and legislation such as the Violence, Crime and Victims Act, 2004 that have followed have assumed
erroneously that, at very best, measures appropriate to female victims will suffice when applied in the alternative.

This submission presents evidence to the Committee to highlight the fact that without the committee being able to
overcome the present prejudiced and biased ‘groupthink’ surrounding domestic violence, that keeps male victimisation
hidden and unaddressed, it will not have any credibility in its deliberations nor change policy and practice so that
the Human Rights of male victims do not continue to be violated so completely and assiduously.

The Committee needs to act to inform the institutions of State such as the Police and Courts that no longer can the
lines of a poem on the plight of battered husbands:

‘No concerned jury damage for him finds Nor partial justice her behaviour binds’

A quote written by the writer: Marvell, a contemporary of Shakespeare, be allowed to hold sway such that the bias
towards females and against males in domestic violence policy and practice (17) is changed to one of equality and
justice which is manifest and real.

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