Domestic Abuse: The Latest Lie

In the context of a debate in the House of Commons on the Domestic Abuse Bill (on which I have posted previously) the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability, Victoria Atkins, made this statement,

 “…of the 2 million victims, we estimate that around 1.3 million are female and around 695,000 are male, and within that 695,000 we believe – it is very difficult to identify this, and there are problems in doing so – that the majority of perpetrators are male.”

The statement is false. It has been known to be false for decades. It is doubly false, in fact because it is neither difficult nor problematic to confirm that it is false.

A weight of evidence, both recent and going back decades, confirms that the overwhelming bulk of partner abuse against men, and the majority of domestic abuse of men, is perpetrated by women. This article will present the data.

If there is one thing which gets the Parliamentary Opposition fired up, it’s a Government Minister misleading the House. Usually they smell blood. There are precedents aplenty that the sequence of events should now go like this,

  • The Opposition feign outrage at Parliament being misled;
  • The Minister is eventually obliged to retract and eat humble pie;
  • That may not be enough, and the Minister may finally be drummed out of office.

Does anyone think that any of these things will happen in this case? Of course not. Because Ministers may tell porkies of any magnitude with impunity so long as the tale aligns with the approved narrative.  

Not that I have any wish to see the Minister resign. What would be the point, if only to be replaced by another just the same? The better outcome would be for the Minister to be sufficiently embarrassed that she realises that her source of guidance on this matter is seriously unreliable – and never uses them again.

But now for the evidence…

Evidence

Attention should be paid to where evidence relates to partner abuse or any domestic abuse. Where partner abuse is specified, sexuality will imply the sex of the perpetrator given the sex of the victim. This cannot be assumed in the case of other forms of domestic abuse.

(A) Survey Data and Police Reports from the UK

In chronological order…

A.1 Home Office (1999)

“An Analysis of Male Victimisation” by Dr Malcolm George based on the Home Office Research Study 191 (HORS 191), “Domestic Violence: Findings from a new British Crime Survey self-completion questionnaire”, Catriona Mirrlees- Black, Home Office 1999: Quote, “95% of assaults against men were by women

A.2 Home Office (British Crime Survey, 2007/8 + 2008/9)

Home Office Statistical Bulletin, “Homicides, Firearm Offences and Intimate Violence 2008/09: Supplementary Volume 2 to Crime in England and Wales 2008/09  (Third Edition)”, Table 3.07, from which…

Category of abuseHeterosexual
Male Victims
Gay VictimsHeterosexual
Women Victims
Lesbian Victims
All domestic abuse 4.1% 8.9% 5.9% 17.3%
Non-sexual partner abuse 3.3% 6.2% 4.3% 12.4%
Non-sexual family abuse 1.5% 3.3% 2.2% 8.5%
Sexual assault or attempts 0.3% 4.2% 2.6% 8.7%
Number of respondents 20,892 512 24,795 473

From this it follows that 689 heterosexual men who were surveyed reported that they had experienced non-sexual partner abuse, i.e., by a woman, and that 32 gay men who were surveyed reported non-sexual partner abuse, i.e., by a man. Hence, non-sexual partner abuse against men was perpetrated by women in 95.6% of cases.

In the case of family abuse, the sex of the perpetrator cannot be concluded on the basis of sexuality. However, it is noted that most domestic abuse is partner abuse, hence it can be concluded that most domestic abuse against men is perpetrated by women. [To spell this out, assume that all domestic abuse against men which is not committed by the partner is perpetrated by men. Even under this assumption the above tabulated data show that there were 213 men suffering domestic abuse by other men, and 689 men suffering abuse by women. Thus even with this extreme assumption, women account for at least 76% of domestic abusers of men].

A.3 Scottish Government (2012)

Data on police reports of domestic abuse in Scotland (2000 to 2012) are given in “Scottish Government (2012a) Domestic Abuse Recorded by the Police in Scotland, 2010-11 and 2011-12” (Scottish Government: Edinburgh), and are quoted by Brian Dempsey in “Men’s experience of domestic abuse in Scotland: What we know and how we can know more“, School of Law, University of Dundee (2013), page 21, and given below,

Year Male victim
female
perpetrator
Male victim
male
perpetrator
Percentage
female
perpetrators
2000‐01 2,696 173 94.0%
2001‐02 2,976 231 92.8%
2002‐03 3,243 287 91.9%
2003‐04 3,695 328 91.8%
2004‐05 4,532 380 92.3%
2005‐06 4,932 400 92.5%
2006‐07 5,482 455 92.3%
2007‐08 6,199 530 92.1%
2008‐09 7,361 548 93.1%
2009‐10 7,938 666 92.3%
2010‐11 8,889 693 92.8%
2011‐12 9,569 659 93.6%

Hence, over a 12 year period in Scotland the proportion of men reporting domestic abuse to the police who reported female perpetrators was between 91.8% and 94%.

A.4 Crime Survey for England and Wales (2015)

Data was provided by ONS in response to an ad hoc request in July 2015 and is reproduced in the Table below. The data are percentages of those reporting partner abuse (ages 16 to 59): “Sex of perpetrator of partner abuse, by sex of victim, year ending March 2015 CSEW”, 12th July 2016. Of the 283 men reporting partner abuse in the 2015 CSEW, 20 reported male perpetrators and 127 reported female perpetrators (plus 6 reporting both). Hence, of those men reporting partner abuse who specified the sex of their abuser, 83% reported a lone female perpetrator and 87% reported abuse including a female abuser.

Perpetrator Male Victim Female Victim
Male 7% 59%
Female 45% 2%
Both male and female 2% 1%
Don’t know/can’t remember 15% 6%
Don’t wish to answer 32% 32%
Number of respondents 283 834

A.5 Scottish Government (2018)

“Domestic Abuse Recorded by the Police in Scotland in 2017-18”, https://www.gov.scot/publications/domestic-abuse-recorded-police-scotland-2017-18/

16% of domestic abuse reports to Scottish police in 2017/18 were men reporting abuse by women, whilst 2% were men reporting abuse by men. Hence, 89% of men reporting domestic abuse reported a female perpetrator.

A.6 Scottish Government (2018)

Scottish Crime and Justice Survey 2017-2018: main findings”, Figure 9.11. Of male respondents reporting partner abuse, 88% reported perpetration by their female partner and 9% by their male partner, i.e., 90.7% of men who reported the sex of their abuser reported abuse by a woman. Quote,

Abusive partners were overwhelmingly of the opposite gender.”

A.7 Crime Survey for England & Wales (2018)

Domestic abuse: findings from the Crime Survey for England and Wales, year ending March 2018, Appendix Tables (November 2018), Table 8. Data relates to people ages 16 to 59.

Any
Domestic
Abuse
Any
Domestic
Abuse
Partner
Abuse
Non-sexual
Partner
Abuse
Non-sexual
Number of
Respondents
Number of
Respondents
SexualityMen
Victims
Women
Victims
Men
Victims
Women
Victims
MenWomen
Heterosexual or straight 4.0% 7.2% 2.2% 5.1% 4,361 5,037
Gay or lesbian 8.2% 10.0% 5.1% 8.4% 108 83
Bisexual 5.7% 25.3% 5.6% 14.1% 56 106

From this it follows that 96 heterosexual men who were surveyed reported that they had experienced non-sexual partner abuse, i.e., by a woman, and that 6 gay men who were surveyed reported non-sexual partner abuse, i.e., by a man. Three bisexual men reported partner abuse, by a perpetrator of unknown sex. Hence, between 6 and 9 men who were victims of partner abuse were victimised by other men, and between 99 and 96 were victimised by women. Hence, non-sexual partner abuse against men was perpetrated by women in 91.4% to 94.3% of cases.

In the case of domestic abuse perpetrated by a person other than the victim’s partner, the sex of the perpetrator cannot be concluded on the basis of sexuality. However, it is noted that most domestic abuse is partner abuse, hence it can be concluded that most domestic abuse against men is perpetrated by women. [To spell this out, even if it is assumed that all domestic abuse which is not committed by a partner is perpetrated by men, the tabulated data still shows that there are more female abusers of men than male abusers of men].

A.7 Survey of Male DA Victims by Charity FNF-BPM Cymru (2018)

This unpublished survey requested input from males who had experienced domestic abuse. 92.6% of respondents were resident in the UK; 97.8% of respondents identified as male; 85% of respondents stated they were white and 94.7% that they were heterosexual.

Outcome: 95.0% of abusers identified as female (671 out of 706)

(B) Academic Studies (Worldwide)

B.1 Partner Abuse State-of-Knowledge (2013),

The Partner Abuse State-of-Knowledge (PASK) is the most comprehensive review of domestic violence research literature conducted to-date. This three-year research project was conducted by 42 scholars at 20 universities and research centres and combines the results of hundreds of studies into domestic abuse, worldwide. Headline conclusions were,

Rates of female-perpetrated violence are higher than male-perpetrated (28.3% vs. 21.6%)

Among large population samples, 57.9% of inter-partner violence reported was bi-directional, 42% unidirectional; 13.8% of the unidirectional violence was male to female (MFPV), 28.3% was female to male (FMPV).”

Among school and college samples, percentage of bidirectional violence was 51.9%; 48.1% was unidirectional; 16.2% was male-to-female (MFPV) and 31.9% was female-to-male (FMPV).”

Given that most perpetrators of partner abuse against women are men, the above conclusions can only be consistent with the overwhelming majority of perpetrators of partner abuse against men being female perpetrators.

(B.2) Compilation of Studies by Martin Fiebert (2014)

Reference Examining Assaults by Women on Their Spouses or Male Partners: An Updated Annotated Bibliography”, by Martin S Fiebert, Department of Psychology, California State University, Long Beach, (Sexuality and Culture, June 2014, 18 (2), 405-467). Quote,

This annotated bibliography describes 343 scholarly investigations (270 empirical studies and 73 reviews) demonstrating that women are as physically aggressive as men (or more) in their relationships with their spouses or opposite-sex partners. The aggregate sample size in the reviewed studies exceeds 440,850 people.

There are reams of other peer reviewed academic journal publications backing up the incontrovertible fact that domestic abuse is essentially gender-symmetric, and respectable authors have been insisting as much for decades. The barriers in the way of accepting this well established fact are political and psychosocial. One despairs of ever penetrating the crania of those who will not hear, especially when it remains expedient to be deaf and politically hazardous to be anything else.

14 thoughts on “Domestic Abuse: The Latest Lie

  1. Callum

    Great as always.

    Have you seen a study called “A Review of Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programs in the United Kingdom” by Dr. Elizabeth Bates et all? It is great research into how crap feminist offender programs are. The url is too long to post here but it’s worth searching out.

    The only reason I mention it is because I have just seen that Dr. Elizabeth Bates is currently undertaking a study on father’s who have been effected by parental alienation. They are asking for those effected to undertake a 30 minute anonymous questionnaire to help with their research, and I thought it would be good if you could share this info with your readers and spread the message elsewhere. It could end up being important research for the MRM.

    The link is below, or can be found on her Twitter: @DrLizBates

    https://cumbria.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/exploring-fathers-experiences-of-separation-and-alienatio-2

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    1. William Collins Post author

      Thanks, yes I’m aware of Liz Bates’s work and I reviewed it in my posts on perpetrator programmes. Her call for fathers with experience of PA has been promulgated by fathers’ groups.

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  2. Dick Morris

    This is not strictly “on topic”, but has any research been done into whether male or female judges sentence male “offenders” more harshly?

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    1. William Collins Post author

      Not the first time I’ve been asked that, but I don’t know the answer. My guess is that there will be little difference – both sentence men far more harshly than women – but I’m guessing.

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      1. Douglas

        I did a very brief look into this about ten years ago, selecting around 30 (I think it was) random cases, half by men and half by women (sorry, all the other sexes didn’t get included). I found little indication of difference in male sentencing but it seemed that females were sentenced more harshly by women judges than by men. The sample was far too small to be conclusive, however.

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        1. Groan

          It was researched by feminists in the 70s and 80s. All around the “problem” of benign sexism. This being the tendency of women to be treated more leniently and as ill by the CJ systems of USA, UK, Aus and NZ . The research at the time (while I was a student and researcher) found precisely this. Male judges sentencing were found to apply “benign sexism” female judges were inded less lenient. Having a job family etc. meant I lost track of feminism, but it seems this interest in countering “benign sexism ” because it assumed “less agency ” in women has faded from feminism. One presumes because “benign sexism” does indeed protect women from the same standards applied to men! Sadly from the paper age I dont have any if the research papers of the time.

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  3. Groan

    As this is Domestic Violence , an existing partner or past partner, what she is saying is that gay men are massively over represented as victims and perpetrators. Maybe someone should point that out. 
    Perhaps because of this implication in 20 years I have never seen the ONS British Crime Survey data interpreted this way. Generally the DV “industry” slips past the BCS data and uses Police arrests and convictions data. 
    I hope everyone does whatever they can to get this challenged in parliament. Although not the best ,the headline figure does show up the lack of services for over 600,000 men for a start. In order to make it make the 90+ % spending on women look reasonable it seems the minister has to claim Male same sex relationships are abusive on a massive scale. That could cause some “intersectional” hoo ha. 

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    1. AJ

      Claims most domestic abuse of men is perpetrated by men may well by designed to justify the almost complete absence of support for male victims but if this is the case it is completely illogical and imoral. Victims are victims why does the sex of the attacker make a difference to the support needed or provided?

      This is one lf the areas where the essential misandry of feminism becomes paticularily clear

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      1. Groan

        Exactly. Which is why they either quote “advocacy research” of specifically female victims or the arrest and conviction statistics which though much smaller than BCS do give a high % female victims. Generally they steer well clear of the ONS data on gender as it does indeed indicate a much higher % of male victims and the US used , in Gov. Reports , to show the much greater difficulty males find in reporting their case.

        I can only think Ms Atkins is herself, or her advisors are, getting a bit desperate to justify the ring fenced finance and special civil orders that would be very suspect in any other Gov. Initiative. In any other policy the existence of an unserved minority with “barriers” to access a service designed for one “protected group” would prompt special efforts. This is precisely the case put for special additional helps for women in prison (the Corston Report) . Yet the argument advanced after 40 years of the existence of services for women funded by the state, is that a minority of victims should be ignored and remain unhelped because they are a minority. The abuse bill has to be carefully worded because the “protected” category is “sex” not “women” . Even the 2015 Serious Crimes Act in which the feminist definition of Domestic Abuse became an actual offence , is studiously “gender neutral” in its wording even if the Gov. Agencies are not in practice.

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      2. Douglas

        There are two matters at issue here.

        One is that feminism says all men are violent thugs, not to be trusted around women and children. This is in accordance with the underlying Cultural Marxist requirement to split up the family unit and dis-empower male protection.

        The second issue is that feminism says women are not violent. This is less part of feminist dogma, though is inherent in Karl Marx’s writings, but is vital to keep the pretence alive. If women are violent then it becomes almost certain that men can be victims. If men can be victims, society needs to support them. But if society starts to support men, the polarisation required to shatter society is endangered. Furthermore, it leaves open the terrible possibility that men will remain with families, whereas the stated goal is to remove men from families as a necessary precursor to removing women from their children, so that children can be brought up and indoctrinated by the state.

        So, whichever way you look at it, female violence – especially against males – is not to be accepted. ‘Tolerance’ does not allow such a view.

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