Picture this: Ordinary
citizens arrested in the middle of
the night, thrown in jail on false
charges, never seeing the inside of
their homes again. Show trials with
predetermined outcomes. Dissidents
forced into treatment for politically
Does this describe Stalinist purges?
Totalitarian repression? The USA Patriot
Act in action?
No, this nightmarish scenario is our
current domestic violence system.
Introduced in the 1980's with good
intentions, these laws have mutated
into a system of repression, power
and control, manipulated by the domestic
violence industry and exploited by
vengeful spouses seeking advantage
in divorce and child custody.
The crowning achievement for the victim
industry was the passage in 1994 of
VAWA, the federal Violence Against
Women Act. VAWA codifies gender-based
myths that domestic violence (DV)
is virtually always committed by men
against women. VAWA is up for reauthorization
VAWA was based on lies and distortions
about the true extent of intimate
partner violence, yet it continues
to be funded at astounding levels.
Feminist groups, led by the domestic
violence "scream queens,"
tout hysterical claims such as "the
leading cause of emergency room visits
by women is domestic violence,"
and "95 per cent of victims of
domestic violence are women."
The government's own statistics contradict
these ubiquitous factoids, yet Congress
can't help pandering to the women's
vote with a billion-dollar gravy train.
The Justice Department's 1998 "Intimate
Partner Violence" report reveals
that 1/3 of total domestic violence
murder victims are male. Further,
less than one per cent of females
(and males) are victimized each year.
Hardly an epidemic justifying a monstrous
In today's domestic violence police
state, it's expected the woman is
the victim. All she has to do is call
911 and report her husband assaulted
her. In many cases she conveniently
fails to mention she slapped, punched,
kicked or pummeled him to the point
that he pushed her away. As a family
law attorney for 17 years, I have
experienced the DV system personally.
Every example cited in this article
has happened to one of my clients.
The stereotype that the man is always
the abuser ensures he has no chance
of being believed when he says he
is the victim. The police take him
to jail, and in many cases, he never
goes home again.
The next scene in his nightmare is
getting served with an order for protection.
Originated to immediately protect
victims of severe abuse, protection
orders have become "weapons of
mass destruction" in family courts.
Drive-by protection orders (obtained
ex parte, with the accused not present)
almost always prohibit contact with
his children and presence at the family
home, virtually guaranteeing full
custody to the accuser.
After 14 days living in a van down
by the river, the accused gets a hearing,
an "opportunity to be heard."
In reality, it is a show trial with
a predetermined outcome. Whenever
a woman claims to be a victim, she
is automatically believed. No proof
of abuse is required.
Judges with "do-something disease,"
afraid of some real victim being denied
relief, hand out protection orders
like candy. In fact, the accused is
sometimes treated more harshly for
having the audacity to object. Meanwhile,
real victims must share crowded courtrooms
with DV fakers.
In many cases, the accused is sent
to "domestic violence perpetrator
treatment," following an "assessment"
with the foregone conclusion that
he needs treatment. If he admits any
abuse, it will always be used against
him. Denial of abuse is punished more
severely than actual abuse. Those
who profess their innocence are often
forcibly "re-educated" for
two or even three years.
The only escape is to unconditionally
surrender to the authority of the
oppressors (the court and treatment
providers), bow down and capitulate
to the accuser, then you might get
some time with your children. You
still don't get to go home.
Ten years of VAWA has resulted in
the wholesale criminalization of being
a man. VAWA didn't originate this
nightmarish system, but it legitimizes
and subsidizes it. To some, the solution
is a gender-neutral law, such as "Violence
Against Persons Act." Even without
overt gender bias, federal intrusion
into local domestic violence policies
is corrupting. It nourishes a gargantuan
beast and ensures a massive stream
of taxpayer dollars creating endless
constituent groups lining up to feed
at the federal trough.
We must de-fund and de-fang VAWA.
We must let police do their jobs without
fear of making politically-incorrect
decisions. In the old days they used
their discretion on how to handle
domestic conflict. The parties were
often separated until things cooled
down. Without evidence of serious
assault or injury, that was the proper
VAWA turns every argument into a potential
murder case, and what police officer
wants to risk making a wrong decision?
The easy way out is to arrest the
It's time to stop systematic violence
against civil rights and recognize
that even well-intentioned laws can
be used as a bludgeon. Like the war
on terrorism, the war on domestic
violence can go too far.
The laudable goal of ending domestic
violence cannot justify nullification
of the fundamental rights of an entire
gender. We should all be outraged
at what is being done to innocent
people in the name of helping victims.
Scott is a Bellevue, Washington attorney
practicing in the areas of family
law, divorce and domestic violence.
She is also a founding member of TABS,
Taking Action against Bias in the
Attorney at Law
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