Dubs
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Dubs asked in Social ScienceGender Studies · 1 decade ago

If VAWA is as gender inclusive as it claims to be, then why is this happening?

California Appellate Court Finds Law Discriminatory Against Abused Men

10/14/2008

A recent ruling of the California Appellate Court found that California domestic violence laws violate battered men's rights because they provide state funding only for women and their children who use shelters and other programs. Finally! Common sense wins out over ideology.

Our agency specializes in working with men who are in relationships with abusive women so the question of why domestic violence shelter programs make it a rule not to offer abused men services has come up quite often. With over 2000 shelter programs in 50 states that specialize in services for battered women and children and NO shelters for battered men the question is a valid and important one.

Although battered men have been treated like abusers and made invisible for the last 30 years of the battered women's movement they do exist and in greater numbers than many have been led to believe. No doubt research has found that women are the more injured group of victims but there are many facets to domestic violence and physically injury is just one of them.

The movement that has brought public awareness and services to domestic violence has not been so much a movement to end domestic violence as it has been a movement to end violence against women. What's the difference you might ask. Well it's the difference between being able to protect yourself and your children and being in a great deal of danger. What if we gave military men the appropriate protective gear, guns, and hand grenades as they went into a battle and then turned around and told military women that there aren't enough of them to be concerned with so no equipment for you-- just duck and run really fast? That wouldn't go over too big now would it? Yet this is what our current domestic violence system does to battered men everyday in this country.

According to the appellate courts decision 85% of California women's shelters offer services to battered men. That's not what we hear from battered men on our helpline. Domestic violence shelter programs responses to men calling for help run the gamut from, "we don't help men," to (although this isn't said directly it's inferred) "IF we believe he is a victim and not a perpetrator we may pay for one or two days in a hotel or refer him to a homeless shelter."

If homeless shelters are appropriate and safe for male victims of domestic violence (and their children) to stay in then why is it that we have specialized shelters for victims of domestic violence?

http://domesticviolenceresourcesformen.b...

http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/opinions/doc...

http://glennsacks.com/blog/?p=2844

Why proceed to fall back on the "build your own shelter" type mentality when billions of dollars of taxpayer money is allocated and designed to aid one gender over the other when the inclusiveness of the law indicates otherwise?

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Update 3:

Here is a gender neutral petition for VAWA

http://www.petitiononline.com/FixVAWA/petition.htm...

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  • 1 decade ago
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    A DV shelter is not just a building. But a program of services, which for some can be some form of emergency shelter, that are all inclusive. Safety and recovery are essential parts.

    AGAIN

    A DV shelter is not just a building. But a program of services, which for some can be some form of emergency shelter, that are all inclusive. Safety and recovery are essential parts.

    So you would suggest the shelter board, which I took an oath to be fiscally responsible, should have wasted $900,000 for a building?

    I was on the board of a shelter and we did not have a "shelter" for men. For the 60 days of the year (average over 3 years) we had men we put them in a hotel. This was due to cost factors. It would have cost nearly a million dollars a year to provide a building that was vacant most of the time as opposed to less than 1/10 of that amount for hotel rooms. We provided the same services for men as women except for pregnancy care. This is providing comparable services as opposed to exact same.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    It's like this. It was not gender neutral when it was created(by the Clinton administration) and first passed in '94. When it was reauthorized under the Bush administration all the gender specific parts were removed and are now gender neutral(except for the name). However that doesn't change the fact that the law is almost constantly enforced in a gender biased way by the police, judges and other law officials. So, for example, I read a report where a certain foundation was asking for money from the government(since the VAWA not only allows such a things but encourages them) to help them in creating a shelter for battered men, only to be denied by the US Justice Department since the creation of those kinds of shelters was "not in the spirit" of the VAWA law. Obviously, those seeking for money to built shelters for battered women would get it since it would be "in the spirit" of the law. So we can only conclude that although the law itself is gender neutral it's enforcement and intentions are not.

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  • Oz S
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    1 decade ago

    The whole show is rigged against men, that's all. Why this is tolerated is the big mystery, not how much it is rigged. I get the feeling that men will eventually explode and then overturn a great many things, not the least of which is the toxic time-bomb of Feminism.

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  • 1 decade ago

    VAWA has never been gender neutral. Feminists created VAWA specifically as a club to beat men with and ensure that domestically violent women would not be arrested. VAWA is more AGAINST men than it is FOR women.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    VAWA is a Federal Law. These lawsuits apply to California State gender violence laws. They have nothing to do with one another.

    Thumbs-down from people who are apparently frightened by facts?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Thanks for publishing that, the sooner these people are exposed the better.

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