The National Alliance to end Domestic Abuse (Jewish Women International) is sponsoring a conference on January 12. Jacquelyn Campbell, PhD, RN, will discuss the implementation of routine screening for domestic violence, which was recommended by the Institute of Medicine and will be part of the affordable health care act roll out in 2012.
Campbell has spent over 30 years in advocacy and research of abused women, has written 200 articles and seven books, sits on the boards of four women’s abuse shelters, and chairs the board at Futures Without Violence. One would think she really wants to end domestic violence against women.
One would think that…except…
Jacquelyn Campbell is completely ignoring a major predictor of domestic abuse towards women: their own violent acts.
We’re not really surprised. We profiled the Futures Without Violence website in a press release last October. It’s an example of the organizations putting out 90% inaccurate and gender-biased information.
The summary of one of Campbell’s ebooks describes male domestic violence victims as the others: “Nurses too often encounter battered women, abused children, and other victims of family violence in hospital and emergency room settings.”
If she only sees women, not men, as victims of abuse, maybe Campbell just can’t believe that women could be violent. Let’s hope that Jacquelyn has a chance to read this elert, so it will remind her that according to the recent CDC report, men and women physically abuse each other in almost identical numbers:
|Male Victimization||Female Victimization|
Contact Jacquelyn Campbell today. Tell her to address screening for violence by women when she speaks on January 12. Tell her to help prevent abuse by women, for their partners, for their children, and for the women themselves.
 Female initiation of partner violence is the leading reason for the woman becoming a victim of subsequent violence. (Stith S, Smith DB, Penn CE, et al. Intimate partner physical abuse perpetation and victimization risk factors: A meta-analytic review. Aggression and Violent Behavior Vol. 10, 2004. pp. 65-98.)
Teri Stoddard, Program Director
Stop Abusive and Violent Environments
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