The self righteous outrage at this affliction only women seem to suffer is only greater than the credibility gap of those involved in its production. These figures are never audited and no politician dares to suggest they ought to be looked at with closer scrutiny to verify them.
The academics involved in these stories have a vested interest in more tax dollars going to shelters and to keep funding the billions involved in this industry nation wide including the hundreds if not thousands of studies done nationwide to find the "cure" by these same academics. How come the cure isn't available? Simply because the treatment isn't designed to cure it - as then all these proponents would be unemployed. No cure will be found for any disease if 50% of the problem is ignored - that being the other party whether same sex or hetero. Did you know lesbian IPV was greater than hetero? How can that be when they are both female? Violence by anyone against another is a serious business but these shelters and their advocates defy credibility with their notion of the massive victimization of women. How many abused men do they serve. Zero, None, Nada. As someone who was emotionally, physically and financially abused by a woman, who, when the time was right for her, waltzed out the door to the local shelter as part of her game plan to incite further abuse within the family court system. I am a cynic when it comes to the efficacy of such reports.
Men do call these shelters for help so presumably some of these calls are from the gender who has no where to go. Men can not get help from tax supported emergency shelters anywhere in Canada and if they want to escape they have no where to go that will accept children. Of the over 500 shelters in Canada not one accepts men alone or with their children. Most studies show DV is pretty much equal between genders but men are told to "suck it up" because your a man. I'm a man who withstood it for 14 years and to quote from one of my favourite movies "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore." More men should be filing Human Rights Complaints against the discrimination because there is not one politician in the land with the gonads to fight this extremely egregious propaganda. It casts a pall over those people who are actually suffering from violence rather than differences of opinions between intimate partners.
Would you believe the so called science of the Duluth Wheel, used by all these shelters, insisting all men are perpetrators and all women are victims created with a sample size of 11 mostly self confessed abused women. It defies credibility and logic but is one of the foundations of new wave feminism which permeates the "believers" in the operation and advocacy of these shelters. We all know what happens when ideology trumps logic.
OTTAWA — In Ottawa each day more than 50 calls are made by abused women seeking shelter.
Last year, Ottawa’s seven women’s shelters received more than 18,600 phone calls for service.
These statistics are among the findings found in Hidden from Sight: A Look at the Prevalence of Violence Against Women in Ottawa. The report, released on Monday by the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women, paints a picture of abuse and sexual violence within relationships and homes.
Of the women seeking shelter, the vast majority will be turned away from the city’s over-crowded shelters.
In 2007, 613 women and 486 children fleeing domestic abuse situations were sheltered in Ottawa. However, 5,150 women were turned away because the shelters were full, according to the Community Foundation of Ottawa, which last year released Vital Signs 2008.
It was the alarming results of the Community Foundation report that prompted the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women to gather their statistics together to understand better violence against women in Ottawa.
Women’s shelters, sexual assault/rape crisis centres, counselling services, police and the hospital have always collected statistics on violence against women separately. Hidden from Sight brings this data together. The report consolidates data from 16 local agencies.
“We’ve been talking for years about the low level of awareness of what is really going on. So we’ve presented the data together for the first time,” says Holly Johnson, Professor of Criminology at the University of Ottawa and advisor to the project.
“The figures are staggering, especially when we consider that many women do not come forward for help. Therefore, they are not even counted in these statistics. As well, disturbing new trends are emerging, such as the numbers of men charged with forcible confinement of women partners.”
In 2007-2008, a total of 606 sexual assault cases were reported to Ottawa police. In addition to that startling number, Statistics Canada reports that only one in every 10 sexual assaults is actually reported. Prof. Johnson said we can predict the number of sexual assaults is closer to 6,000 in one year.
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