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Category Archives: Domestic Violence

Women Against VAWA

  WAVE, or Women Against VAWA Excess, is an excellent resource for those who want to know more about the domestic violence bill, the Violence Against Women Act, which costs taxpayers roughly $500 million a year and is currently up for reauthorization by the Senate. A new version of the bill would extend benefits to illegal […]

Why I Am Leaving the Domestic Violence Industry

  NATASSIA writes: I have written to you before on the topic of domestic violence and came across that old entry (September 2010) again today. I especially appreciated the wisdom of Jesse Powell’s comments, particularly his last one in that entry. I have been facilitating for a Batterers Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP) for nearly two years now, […]

Male Authority and Domestic Violence

  GIVEN that women can be violent and often instigate domestic violence, why does society stigmatize male domestic violence more, even at the risk of punishing men wrongly? One answer can be found in the unspoken presumption of male authority. As Jesse Powell writes in this long discussion on domestic violence: Another difference between female violence […]

The Tender Mercies that Change Laws

  DAVID LEE MUNDY writes: Is individual suffering alone a sufficient basis for legislative action? The notion that it is lies behind many questionable reforms and shows an increasingly common error in logic. In actuality, there are always competing policy interests. The tree is pitted against the forest.   Take domestic abuse. Laws curbing violence or protecting women must be […]