Women Turn Perpetrators of Domestic Violence in Scotland

by Tanya Thomas on  August 26, 2008 at 9:18 AM Mens Health News
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 Women Turn Perpetrators of Domestic Violence in Scotland
In a surprising revelation, the truth of domestic violence in Scotland has come to light. Victims of such abuse and campaigners for men's rights blame an under-equipped system which has left Scottish men helpless in the face of violent attacks by partners.

A new organization called 'Men's Aid Scotland' is seeking charitable status to secure funding to provide the counseling and advice services that currently do not exist.

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"We are trying to raise the profile but we are finding it very difficult to get recognition. They see women as always being the victims, never the perpetrator," the Scotsman quoted the organizer, Jackie Walls, as saying.

"It is totally unreported. We are trying to flag this up and say 'please see there is a need for services'. We need to do a pilot project and get statistics," she added.

Jackie said that she took the issue to the Scottish Parliament, and was given a list of numbers of support services.

While two support services were in England, they told Jackie that they only took calls from Scotland out of goodwill as they knew there was nothing available north of the Border.

She also sought help from Jim Tolson, the MSP for Dunfermline West, who wrote to Stewart Maxwell, the Holyrood minister for communities and education, about the issue.

Tolson said that he received a reply telling him there was no need for extra resources.

"There should be an equivalent agency to help men as there is for women and children. I wrote to the minister and got a reply on 7 May saying there is no need for such a service and it is covered by things like Victim Support. I don't think that's correct and I want to continue to press him and the Scottish Government and get a credible response to this to make sure there is a proper dedicated facility," he said.

A Scottish Government spokeswoman said that a recent study had suggested there was no need for an agency or refuge with a specific remit to support male victims of domestic abuse.

Jackie, however, believes that between a quarter and one in six men are victims of domestic abuse, depending on which research is subscribed to.

"They deserve the same support as women, " she added.

Source: ANI

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How early does domestic abuse start; difficult and how can it be seen for what it is; hindsight.
Looking back the subtleties are seen but not recognised at the time. I’m not talking just about the brutes that use their fists or weapons but the intricacy of intellectual abuse and the hidden sexual abuse of children.
I was being put down as I was deemed as not knowing what I was talking about on the basis I was a manual worker and not a professional. The constant browbeating and humiliation lead on to self doubt and the questioning of my sanity. Following a disabilitating injury I started studying, to have a change of career, and gained a couple of professional qualifications giving me faith in my ideas and thoughts. I found that although I had hardly changed my way of thinking I was actually speaking a lot of sense.
One thing that deeply upset me was that my ex had been turning my family against me and they were turned against me blaming me of being in the wrong.
I even attended a mediation centre at my ex’s behest so they could get a clearer picture of events. To say I was shocked would be a serious understatement for it was emphasised after two sessions I was well balanced, clear-minded and possessed an inner strength that would make most people jealous. But I suppose the most surprising thing was the total annihilation of my ex’s character; weak, shallow, indecisive and a whole lot more ending with her being in therapy for about a year and being put on medication in an attempt to attain a level of normality and stability. All this went on when she was working as a mental health nurse in the community and at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy.
I’ve spent 8 hours being interviewed by the police about the sexual abuse to my son and step daughter but to no avail for as they said it was a long time ago and what would be the benefit of pursuing my allegations. I thought it would have been the police’s duty to investigate all allegations of sexual and physical abuse but they were unwilling to do anything other than take my statement.
Thankfully I do not have to even acknowledge the woman who tried to destroy my life.
On a political point we should welcome the Gender Equality Act so that gender specific domestic violence policy’s previously adopted by the police forces become a thing of the past and men can once and for all have the same rights as women.

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