I-VAWA: Candidate for the 2014 ‘Whopper of the Year’ Award?

Stop Abusive and Violent Environments
January 14, 2014

You’ve got to give a lot credit to the creativity and audacity of the domestic violence people. Over the years, it’s hard to think of any other group that’s come up with so many Tall Tales and phony statistics, and then recite them with a totally straight face.

So we shouldn’t be surprised to learn that in the proposed International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA — H.R. 3571), 13 out of the 16 Findings are wrong. Many are half-truths, some are plain ridiculous, and one is an utter fabrication (more on this later): http://www.saveservices.org/dvlp/policy-briefings/i-vawa-2013-findings/

Super Bowl Hoax
Many still remember the now-famous Super Bowl Hoax…the claim that Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest day of domestic violence.
Wives of those beasty football fans, beware!
Then Washington Post revealed the whole thing was a well-orchestrated set-up. But it certainly got a lot of people riled up!

AG Eric Holder’s Misstep
Domestic violence advocates can be so convincing that even high-level government officials fall for the ruse.
In 2009, AG Eric Holder spoke at a domestic violence event in which he stated, “Intimate partner violence is the leading cause of death for African-American women aged 15-45.”

But that statement turned out to be wildly off-base. According to the Washington Post’s Fact-Checker, the statement is so wrong it qualifies for the notorious Four-Pinocchio rating – what Kessler affectionately dubs a “Whopper.”
See his December 18, 2013 column: http://wapo.st/19Gxb1x

Systematic Disinformation
The Super Bowl Hoax and AG Eric Holder’s misstatement are not exceptions to the rule. Want proof?

The report, Fifty Domestic Violence Myths, documents how pervasive many of the abuse myths have become: http://www.mediaradar.org/docs/RADARreport-50-DV-Myths.pdf

‘Whopper of the Year’ Candidate
So here’s our nomination for the 2014 Whopper of the Year award…I-VAWA’s Finding #16 makes this claim: “Domestic violence is the most prevalent form of violence against women.”

But according to the World Health Organization, the leading causes of violence-related deaths for women are suicide, homicide, and war-related injuries. Domestic violence doesn’t even make the list: http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2002/9241545615_eng.pdf – Table A.6.

Missing the Boat
If a bill’s Findings are wrong, then other parts of the bill probably miss the boat, as well. For example, alcohol abuse is one of the leading causes of domestic violence – but I-VAWA wouldn’t spend a single penny on substance abuse treatment programs.
Doesn’t that seem a bit odd?