On 21 October 2016 the Daily Telegraph published an article entitled ‘Domestic violence: Perpetrators would receive warning texts and videos‘.
I have reproduced the article below with my own comments inserted and shown in blue, and with further comments following the article:
DOMESTIC violence thugs would be sent texts messages and videos to remind them not to hurt their wives or drink too much under a Baird government trial to overcome the “existing service gap” for serial offenders.
A large percentage of perpetrators of domestic violence are female – see an abundance of research listed in this post
The bid to “break new ground” in the war against domestic violence comes as new figures show “almost half of those who reoffend do so before the court case is finalised”. The average court time frame is about four months.
“This means a large proportion of DV offenders reoffend before they have had any contact with Corrective Services NSW or access to any programs provided to them,” government documents say.
Female DV offenders don’t have access to programs regardless of the “average court time frame”, because the NSW government only provides programs for male offenders
The Department of Premier Cabinet’s “Behavioural Insights Unit” is calling for a “digital solution” to “support behaviour change in domestic violence perpetrators”.
Just out of curiousity, how many staff in the Unit are self-professed feminists versus others?
It said there was growing evidence “timely prompts” via apps or “digital channels” can help stop serial behaviour.
Can someone please provide links to this evidence? Who undertook it? Was domestic violence specifically included in the definition of “serial behaviour”?
Examples that should be looked at included “videos showing the impact of DV on victims”. One example contained in the documents shows a text that reads: “Hi Rick, if you’re going to the pub tonight don’t forget to make a plan for where you will sleep. Remember you are doing this for Matt and Susan.”
The Baird government wants to cut domestic violence reoffending by five per cent by 2019.
Opposition Family and Community Services spokeswoman Tania Mihailuk said a mobile phone app was a “waste” of money.
“This government has got its priorities wrong, its focus should be on secure accommodation for women and children fleeing violence,” she said.
For a fleeting moment I thought the Opposition might have had something sensible to add there. Bad luck about the men fleeing violence huh? Tania, everything mentioned in this article is a “waste of money”
Domestic Violence NSW chief executive Moo Baulch said “well resourced non-government specialist services” were needed.
A DPC spokeswoman confirmed it was testing the market to “gauge interest, ideas and cost for developing resources to support behaviour change in DV perpetrators”.
Wait, you mean behaviour change in male DV perpetrators, right? Because the NSW Government is apparently happy to look the other way re: female perpetrators.
**article ends here**
I can’t believe that the NSW government or any government would be associated with such an asinine proposal as this. It just highlights the gynocentrism, anti-male bigotry and the arrogance of all involved.
Can you imagine a proposal to send out text messages to female teachers about not interferring with their students? to mums about not neglecting or abusing their kids? or for that matter to aboriginal youth about stealing cars or breaking into homes? No? Now why would that be?
But more than that, I just cannot believe that it would make one iota of difference to the incidence of DV.
We so need a new approach to tackling DV – and a whole new team of people to drive the process. People who can think above and beyond their cherished feminist ideology, and who would be willing and able to recognise and address the whole issue.