Domestic violence spending does little to protect those who really need help


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Australian government chose not to adequately provide life-saving domestic violence services, says new petition We are calling for doubling funding for victims in the next federal budget.

Women’s groups claiming this huge amount of funding claim that women’s lives depend on this protection.

No one argues about providing adequate support to a frightened woman fleeing a dangerous man.

Our federal government has spent $3 billion (US$2 billion) over the past decade on safety programs to protect “women and their children.” In addition, billions of dollars have been added from all funding by state governments, community groups and businesses across the country. It’s no wonder people dig deep into this important cause.

Unfortunately, very few women in the country are actually at risk.Official statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show Just over 1% of women have been physically assaulted by a partner in the past year.

But this crucial fact is inevitably overwhelmed by statistics that include the threats of emotional, psychological and economic abuse and violence against women, giving women a truly frightening impression of the far-reaching risks.

The majority of these women are not in danger.

The public is unaware that they are primarily paying to help non-threatened women. They may have obnoxious partners who are hesitant to pay their credit card bills, but there is absolutely no logic that billions of dollars are spent “keeping them safe.”

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A couple walk hand in hand down a path lined with oak trees at the Port Arthur Historic Site in Australia on April 18, 2016. (Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

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We have created this moral hazard and encouraged all these women to consider themselves victims and entitled to the services currently being provided. It is seen in exaggerated numbers, but is blown away by domestic violence allegations that give women a strategic advantage in the family law battle.

You don’t need evidence of violence to make such a claim.Women’s reports of fear of violence are enough to get the ball rolling with “victims” entitled to financial payments, inexpensive services and support. video When 2 A New South Wales police officer has spoken out about what he sees as corruption in the system.

A long list of domestic violence payments is usually only available to female victims and requires someone to support the victim’s story, such as a local domestic violence center, a doctor, or a police report. A system set up to believe women and treat men as potential perpetrators.

State and federal governments vie to show leniency to victims: $5,000 federal escape violence payment; Victim Compensation payment; federal 4 weeks crisis payment; crisis hotel They even put their victims in motels.support rentand priority social housingstay at home stay away from violence program This causes the husband to move out so that the woman can stay in the marital home.

On the other hand, male victims have nowhere to go, and there is not a single government-funded shelter for men. Boys over the age of 14 are not welcome in women’s shelters that accept mothers and siblings.

Naturally, the big end of town is happy to donate investor funds to this worthy cause: banks like National Australia Bank donate Subsidy For women leaving violent relationships. Utilities companies offer discounted rates, debt forgiveness, special deals of all kinds (pdf); and there is a special setup For tenancy tenants.

The balance of justice tilted in favor of one group

Then there is domestic violence leave, which gives victims time off to attend legal proceedings or sort out problems. This could result in significant business impacts estimated by the agency. price cool $2 billion a year (pdf).

The only evidence needed is the usual check-box system that relies on the victim’s story, which employers dare not dispute.

For those who want to arrange for the first time Permanent residencyA quick and sure route is to file a domestic violence complaint. Law firms around the world advertise their business in this lucrative field.

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A photo of a woman at the Center d’hebergement et de reinsertion sociale, a shelter dedicated to women victims of domestic violence in Chatillon, south of Paris, on August 7, 2019. (Martin Bureau/AFP via Getty Images)

Still, this whole list of benefits becomes paltry when compared to the benefits of domestic violence victim status in the family law battle.

Unsubstantiated domestic violence allegations can help women navigate family law proceedings, create enormous and costly obstacles for partners, destroy relationships between fathers and children, and reduce the income of their lives. It can take away a lot.

Some men only realize divorce is on the cards when the police arrive at their door with an arrest warrant for violence. They are denied access to the home and perhaps even denied contact with the children until the matter is resolved in court.

It’s just the beginning. The family law system favors women who claim domestic violence in a number of ways. Free legal aid and legal defense services. Deny cross-examination of the victim by the perpetrator. And setting aside the falsifiable resumption of parental responsibility sharing, it poses a major obstacle to the ongoing relationship between father and child.

Couples are usually excluded from participating in compulsory mediation and other non-adversarial channels. Victims typically retain a larger portion of their assets in financial settlements. Additionally, men are labeled as perpetrators and encounter severe prejudice in the process.

This exaggerated domestic violence campaign does our society a great disservice by greatly skewing the number of women who live with dangerous men. This is an insult to normal and caring men in Australia.

Views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The Epoch Times.

Bettina Arndt

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Bettina Arndt is an Australian author and social commentator on gender issues. She was the country’s first sex therapist and feminist before focusing on men’s rights. Arndt has authored several books, she has contributed to major newspaper titles and magazines, and is regularly featured on television. She was awarded the Order of Australia in 2020 for her work in advancing gender equality through advocacy for men’s rights. Find her online at her blog her BettinaArndt.substack.com.