Violence Against Women Act Ignores Reality

By Gordon E. Finley, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology Emeritus, Florida International University
March 14, 2013

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has been passed by both houses of Congress and signed by President Barack Obama. Obama signs VAWA, hails law as ‘victory’ for violence victims.

Beyond fraud, waste, duplication, non-accountability, false accusations, and the denial of civil rights, the blatantly obvious problem with the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is that women constitute only about half of the true victims of domestic violence. The other half is made up of men, and they receive absolutely zero protections and services from Sen. Patrick Leahy’s (D-VT) VAWA reauthorization.

Never mind that “progressives” proclaim to all who will listen that they are covering all victims — they are not. What is needed is new domestic violence legislation that is science-based and victim-centered, rather than based on false gender ideology. The consistently replicated bottom line of empirical research studies, as opposed to politicized ideology, is that domestic violence initiation and victimization is very close to 50-50 on virtually all indexes.

Decades of consistently replicated social science research shows that domestic violence is initiated about equally by men and women; that slightly more women than men are physically harmed, but that men nonetheless represent more than 40 percent of the physically harmed victims; that the domestic violence initiation rates for women, and especially young women, have been rising; and that the domestic violence rates for bisexuals, gays, and lesbians all are higher than for heterosexual couples.

Source: Fathers & Families