Good grief, the terrifying spectacle of making stats fit your argument regardless of the facts is upon us once more.
The Family Violence Death Review Committee have just told us that 13 women, 12 men and 16 children were killed last year in family violence incidents, an improvement on previous years when it has been near impossible to receive gender breakdowns on deaths.
Men made up nearly one third of all deaths in the statistics released yet there is almost a total ignorance of men as the victims of family violence from both advocacy groups and within government policy…The anti-male bias in media campaigns and government programs is not helpful in my view and merely says to men who suffer from abuse at home that they do not matter and have nobody to turn to.
There is no confirmation, yet, of who killed these people. We know from previous years that typically men kill women, and men and women kill children, with women more likely to kill babies, and men more likely to kill several children at once.
And we also know, from previous years, that most men killed in family violence incidents are killed by other men.
Violent men killing ex-partner’s new boyfriends when they kill their ex-partner, because they cannot stand to see her with another man. Violent men killing men who intervene when they see an assault on a woman happening. Violent men killing themselves after they kill their ex-partners, because they don’t want to face justice for murder.
All of these incidents are worth interventions – but pretending family violence is gender neutral, as Judy Turner suggests, is not the way to save these men’s lives.
Ms Turner then insists:
This Government needs to send a signal to men that they matter too, acknowledging men as sufferers of family violence and including men’s advocates in policy-making around family violence would be a good start.
Men’s advocates are involved in policy-making around family violence. Men like Brian Gardner, chief exec of the National Network of Stopping Violence Services, which run programmes for men who want to stop using violence all over the country.
Brian Gardner, I guess, just keeps paying too much attention to gender for Judy Turner and her friends. As we all should, if we want to stop family violence deaths of men, women and children.