Apparently Sonia Sadha hasn’t got the message yet:
We treat the victims of male violence – traumatised women and children – appallingly. Domestic abuse is a gendered crime and female survivors need refuges run by women – those who understand its victims’ trauma because they have lived it themselves.
Once domestic violence was made a proper crime – an independent one, not just the usual common law stuff against assault and all that – then folks had to start collecting accurate statistics upon it. Because the law, as opposed to politics, never was going to say that men assaulting women is a crime and women assaulting men is not.
The numbers thus being collected proving to be of interest:
the Crime Survey for England and Wales showed that an estimated 2.3 million adults aged 16 to 74 years experienced domestic abuse in the last year (1.6 million women and 757,000 men), a slight but non-significant decrease from the previous year
About two to one. Interesting difference but not quite what we’d think it is if we listened to the more hysterical voices out there:
And that the murder of women in public spaces is taking place within the context of an epidemic of male violence against us, most of which takes place behind closed doors, often by men already known to the police.
Ms. Sadha for example.
Of course, the domestic bit does mean that gender is likely to be involved. Even given the very much more exciting lifestyles of some of today’s young the average (modal, mean and median) shared household is two adults each of one sex and one each of each sex. Thus if there’s violence gender is likely to be involved…..