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Domestic Violence Expert Details
Problems with VAWA, DV Policies
July 5, 2005

The audio of this week's His Side--"Congress to Vote on Renewing Anti-Male Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)"--can be heard by clicking here.

As I said on the show, VAWA expires on September 30, and Dave Burroughs' Safe Homes for Children and Families Coalition (SHCFC) has issued a call for action on the recently introduced renewal legislation. To support the SHCFC's efforts, click here.

On the show I blasted a dimwitted judge who kept a man in jail for violating his fake restraining order by marrying the woman who had obtained the order--to read the AP article on it, see Marriage vows land the groom in county jail (6/28/05). My friend Lisa Scott, the all-time leader in  appearances on His Side, has a new article out which discusses restraining order abuses--see Scream Queens Fuel Nightmarish VAWA System (The Reality Check, 7/4/05).

His Side Guest's Ideas Branded 'Dangerous' by Georgia DV Commission

My guest Sunday, Dr. Don Dutton, discussed the stranglehold the feminist domestic violence industry has on the DV issue at all levels, from government down to service providers. According to Dutton, there is "cult like thinking" surrounding domestic violence. He says scholars studying DV report their own data in a misleading way and finesse outcomes, with all errors going in the same direction--blame the man.

Last year the Georgia Commission on Family Violence declared Dutton's ideas "dangerous" and effectively banned him after Dutton gave a two day workshop. Dutton had been invited by treatment providers looking for real world ways to treat abusive men. By contrast, the DV industry promotes the Duluth model (woman good/man bad/abusive men are the domestic arm of the patriarchy), which studies show is absolutely ineffective.

Georgia law mandates Duluth-oriented treatment. Those trying to treat batterers with the cognitive-behavioral model, which is what is generally used in therapy and which is relatively effective with batterers, cannot by law receive funding. As Dutton points out, feminist DV advocates are placing women in danger by refusing to allow effective treatment of batterers.

Incredibly, by Georgia statute domestic violence treatment providers are barred from using: communication enhancement or anger management techniques; psychodynamic interventions which link causes of the violence to past experiences and unconscious motivations; addiction counseling models; theories or techniques which identify poor impulse control as the primary cause of the violence; the teaching of fair fighting techniques; individual therapy or treatment; treatment methods which identify psychopathology on the part of either party as a primary cause of violence; and couples, marriage, or family therapy.

In other words, any treatment which pushes aside feminist anti-male ideology and which might actually work is banned.  It is VAWA money which in one way or another funds most of this. To support the SHCFC's efforts to reform VAWA, click here.

Silly Seattle is an excellent new blog which has been covering VAWA extensively--see VAWA Con Dios, Biden The Violence of VAWA, and Silly Seattle: VAWA Say Nada.

Do You Know a Woman Who Has Helped the Men's and Fathers' Movement and Who Deserves Recognition?

One of the least appreciated aspects of the shared parenting/fatherhood movement is the large percentage of women who have taken up this cause. Seton Hall law professor Solangel Maldonado cites my co-authored column "Why Are There so Many Women in the Fathers' Movement?" (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 6/21/02) in her new work Beyond Economic Fatherhood: Encouraging Divorced Fathers to Parent (University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Vol. 153 January 2005 No. 3).

Around the time of that article I created the Women Who Have Helped the Men's and Fathers' Movement and Who Deserve Recognition section on www.GlennSacks.com. The section is in need of updating--to view the list and to nominate a woman for the list, click here.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune column was published the day the National Organization for Women's national convention began in Minneapolis. Since the piece penetrated a newspaper often regarded as feminist turf, it is quite possible that it ruined Kim Gandy's breakfast that morning...

Some of you may remember Solangel Maldonado--she and I (as well as Olga Vives, Action Vice President of the NOW) appeared on a special on post-divorce move-aways on Univision's highly rated Aqui y Ahora in May. The show featured the story of Jose Ceballos, a His Side listener whose little son was moved 1,500 miles away against his will. Also featured was a Miami custodial mother who seeks to move her two small children to Texas--to watch the show, click here. The show is all in Spanish, including my segments.

Maldonado made the astute observation that whereas in the past women complained that men were (supposedly) not sufficiently involved in their children's lives on a daily basis, now that men are more involved women are complaining that fathers' expanded roles can interfere with women's post-divorce desires. I would have added that, as usual, men are criticized whatever they do.

Los Angeles' Radio Industry Site Highlights His Side

LARadio.com, the site for the Los Angeles' radio industry, gave His Side with Glenn Sacks a nice write-up this week. LARadio.com discussed Billboard Radio Monitor's  recent feature story on His Side--to read the article, click here.

Glenn Quoted on Male Birth Control Pill

I was quoted on the male birth control pill in the latest issue of Science & Spirit magazine--see A Better Pill To Swallow? (July/August 2005). The magazine contacted me after one of their editors saw my column Do Women Really Want a Male Birth Control Pill? (Newsday, 4/11/05).

While I'm not crazy about the magazine piece, at least it is better than most articles about the male birth control pill, which usually discuss men as if they are immature, irresponsible and selfish. Often articles contain quotes from women who say that men can't be trusted to take the male birth control pill. Given the number of men who are paying 18 years of child support to women who "accidentally" got pregnant, one can't help but think that men may have the same problem trusting women...

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Will I See You at the Men's Equality Conference 2005?

I will be speaking at the 2005 Men's Equality Conference July 15 and 16 in Washington D.C.--to attend, click here. Also speaking will be Warren Farrell, Stephen Baskerville, Jack Kammer, Carnell Smith, and Dave Burroughs.  The 2005 Men's Equality Conference will be held 3 blocks from the US capitol.  For more information, visit www.TrueEquality.com.

Last year's conference was exceptionally well-done. My speech to the conference last year was The Future of the American Father.

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Best Wishes,
Glenn Sacks
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Congress to Vote on Renewing Anti-Male
Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which was first passed in 1994, expires on September 30, and legislation was recently introduced to renew it. While on the surface VAWA sounds good--after all, everyone opposes violence against women--there are many serious problems with it.

VAWA-funded shelters and domestic violence organizations ignore and often refuse to provide services to male victims of domestic violence. Domestic violence organizations funded by VAWA refuse to acknowledge the mountains of research which show that men compromise a significant percentage of domestic violence victims.

In addition, domestic violence organizations funded by VAWA often throw their weight and perceived credibility behind legislation which serves to drive fathers out of their children's lives. For example, dozens of domestic violence organizations signed on to amicus briefs filed for the move-away mom in the LaMusga move-away case in the California Supreme Court. In April, DV organizations testified against AB 1307, the California Shared Parenting bill.

VAWA funding and VAWA-generated domestic violence hysteria has also helped enable unscrupulous women to use restraining orders, the police, and the legal system as tools against men.

Dr. Donald G. Dutton, author of The Abusive Personality: Violence and Control in Intimate Relationships, asserts that research shows that women are as likely to attack their male intimate partners as vice versa, and that most domestic violence stems from personality disorders found equally in males and females. Dutton, a psychology professor at the University of British Columbia, is a well-known critic of VAWA and suggests that VAWA be replaced with VIRA--The Violence in Intimate Relations Act.

Dutton joined Glenn on His Side with Glenn Sacks on Sunday, July 3. To listen to the audio of the show, click here.

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