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Domestic Violence Facts and Fiction

Let's try to separate the sensationalism of the media with the reality of life

This is the history of the petitioner/mother and respondent/father. Here you can follow the links provided in this text to learn more about the events that led up to the mother's implementation of her most devious scheme. Make sure to visit the above links as well, since they will guide you through the courts that have no regard for law or order. The FCS (Family Court Services) link that brings to light the incredible bias that fathers are forced to endure at the price of their children's welfare. The declarations page that shows the multiple statements that were suppressed by the family court services investigator, and which were known by the courts that still did nothing to preserve law or order. Also on this page you will find several factoids that people have used to create this phenomenon that now seek out and destroy a man's life without any regard to his rights. the links that reveal the history of this story cover several years of living conditions endured by the respondent, and what he was forced to endure from the petitioner. This first link covers the event from when the two met to the day she put her plan in effect. This covers from; 

1995 - November 10th 2000

The second link takes us on a detailed recounting of the events that occurred on the day that the petitioner/mother implemented her diabolical plan with the assistance of her accomplice/lover.

November 10th 2000

Finally comes the events that take place during and after all the court dates that this man had to go through simply because he was a male and not allowed the benefit of a fair or unbiased chance from the police officers of the evening to the final court date. This aftermath allows you to see the whole picture, including the desperation of the father as he attempts to do what any caring or loving parent would do. By Protecting his child from abuse and neglect.

November 10th 2000 to July 2003

ACCORDING TO THE FBI, A WOMEN IS BEATEN EVERY 15 SECONDS.

First, the FBI does not calculate, tabulate, or track data on domestic violence. The FBI once did estimate that a women is beaten every 15 seconds, but the media and women's groups derive this estimate from Murray Straus, Richard J. Gelles, and Suzanne K. Steinmetz's book, Behind Closed Doors: Violence in the American Family. Various other fact sheets list various other number of seconds. The number of seconds depends on the study if there ever actually was one, and how violence was defined. For example, some versions of this factoid state that a women is beaten every 9 seconds and cite a study done by the Commonwealth Fund in July, 1993. The Commonwealth Fund study used the same measure as was used by Straus and his colleagues. Unlike Straus and his colleagues who defined "abuse" as acts of violence that were likely to cause and injury, the Commonwealth Fund defined "abuse" as every thing from pushing, shoving, and slapping to using a gun or knife.

THERE ARE FOUR MILLION WOMEN BEATEN AND ABUSED EACH YEAR.

Same problems as above. The Straus, Gelles, and Steinmetz survey estimated that 2 million women were abused each year by their husbands. Straus and his colleagues speculated that if all the respondents told the truth and if ex-husbands and boyfriends were included, the number could be as high as 4 million. However, no study to date using a representative sample and measuring severe violence, has ever found more than 2 million abused women each year.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF INJURY TO WOMEN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 15 AND 44 IN THE UNITED STATES--MORE THAN CAR ACCIDENTS, MUGGINGS, AND RAPES COMBINED.

This factoid has been attributed to both Surgeon General Antonia Novello and the Centers for Disease Control. The actual primary source of this "fact" is research by Evan Stark and Ann Flitcraft. It was probably Stark and Flitcraft who supplied the fact to the CDC, who then included it in material supplied to the Surgeon General. Unfortunately, as good a sound bite as this is, it is simply not true. The original source of this statement goes back to two papers by Stark and Flitcraft. First, the actual research the "fact" is based on is a rather small survey of one emergency room. Second, in the original articles, they said that domestic violence may (emphasis added) be a more common cause of emergency room visits than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined. Linda Saltzman from the Centers for Disease Control tells all journalists who call to check this fact that the CDC does not recognize this as either their fact or a reputable fact.

THE MARCH OF DIMES REPORTS THAT BATTERING DURING PREGNANCY IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF BIRTH DEFECTS AND INFANT MORTALITY.

The March of Dimes actually reports that they know of no such study.

SIXTY THREE PERCENT OF YOUNG MEN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 11 AND 20 WHO ARE SERVING TIME FOR HOMICIDE HAVE KILLED THEIR MOTHER'S ABUSER.

This factoid is often used by Sarah Buel in her speeches. It appears to be yet another fact from nowhere. The FBI has published no data that supports this claim. The FBI's Uniform Crime Reports has no tables that report on prison populations, let alone a table or figure that breaks down prison populations by age of offender and relationship to victim. There are no Department of Justice reports that report on what number or percentage of young men kill their mother's batterer.

FAMILY VIOLENCE HAS KILLED MORE WOMEN IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS AS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF AMERICANS WHO WERE KILLED IN THE VIETNAM WAR.

This factoid was often used by Dr. Robert McAfee, past president of the American Medical Association. There were about 55,000 American casualties in the Viet Nam war. According to the FBI, Uniform Crime Statistics, about 1,500 women are killed by their husbands or boyfriends each year. The total number of women homicide victims each year is about 5,000. Thus, in 5 years, even if every women who was killed, was killed by a family member, the total would still be 1/2 the number of American casualties in Viet Nam.

WOMEN WHO LEAVE THEIR BATTERERS ARE AT A 75% GREATER RISK OF BEING KILLED BY THE BATTERER THAN THOSE WHO STAY.

Women are more likely to be victims of homicide when they are estranged from their husbands than when they live with their husbands--BUT NOT A 75 % GREATER RISK. The risk of homicide is higher in the first two months after separation. SOURCE: Wilson, Margo and Martin Daly. (1993) "Spousal homicide risk and estrangement." Violence and Victims, 8, 3-16.

WOMEN WHO KILL THEIR BATTERERS RECEIVE LONGER PRISON SENTENCES THAN MEN WHO KILL THEIR PARTNERS.

This factoid is often attributed to someone from Pace University. There is no actual published source for this. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, Violence Between Intimates (November, 1994), the average prison sentence for men who killed their wives was 17.5 years; the average sentence for women convicted of killing their husbands was 6.2 years.

4,000 women each year are killed by their husbands, ex-husbands, or boyfriends.

The FBI reports that approximately 1,500 women are killed each year by husbands or boyfriends. Even if one factors in the number of women killed by unidentified or undetermined assailants, the number could not be 4,000.

NATIONALLY, 50% OF ALL HOMELESS WOMEN AND CHILDREN ARE ON THE STREETS BECAUSE OF VIOLENCE IN THE HOME.

An interesting factoid stated by Senator Biden, but one without any actual published scientific research to support it. Rather a more factual representation of this statement is the fact that more and more men are forced into the streets from women claiming violence in the home.

THERE ARE NEARLY THREE TIMES AS MANY ANIMAL SHELTERS IN THE UNITED STATES AS THERE ARE SHELTERS FOR BATTERED WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN

Another great sound bite, but one not actually based on a verified count of either type of shelter. As well there is no mention ever of shelters for battered men. The fact is you will be hard pressed to find any and if you do they are far fewer than either of the above stated shelters.

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