UK follows the ‘standard’ to expand definition of domestic violence

In UK they have proposed to expand the scope of domestic violence as per the following news report.

Men who bully their partners by verbally abusing them, taking control of their finances or isolating them from friends and family are guilty of domestic violence and could be prosecuted, ministers will say tomorrow.

In a dramatic shake-up, details of which have been leaked to the Mail, the definition of domestic abuse is to be widened to encompass a wide range of coercive or threatening behaviour.

At the moment, domestic abuse is generally taken to refer to acts of physical violence. But police and prosecutors will be expected to use the new definition when identifying and monitoring cases, meaning men who abuse partners in a ‘controlling’ fashion could face charges too.

It will also be applied to those under 18 for the first time as concerns grow that increasing numbers of teenage girls are the victims of abusive relationships.

Such definitions of domestic violence are actually already part of Domestic Violence legislations in many countries already.  E.g. under the Indian law covering domestic violence, the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005; things like verbal, emotional, financial abuse are specifically covered with words of the same effect as part of the statute.  Further the news says:

The new definition will not be written into law, however, as the CSJ has proposed. Instead it will be broadened to define domestic violence as ‘any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality’.

A source said: ‘This isn’t about people having a row and shouting.  It’s about people’s whole lives being controlled, whether that’s not being allowed a bank account, access to a phone or to leave the house.’

Really?  So now the police and state will have powers to telepathically ascertain whether a particular person is under coercion or she(it’s always she people) is being controlled by a rascal of a male.  Since they cannot have such telepathic powers, the foregone conclusion is that the domestic abuse will be decided to have happened based solely on the allegations of a woman.  It is another in the string of ‘presumed guilty until proven innocent’ provisions in law and judiciary.

Further the news says:

Prosecutions for domestic abuse in Britain more than doubled from 35,000 in 2005 to 74,000 in 2010, and the conviction rate increased from 46 per cent to 72 per cent.

Last year, according to the Home Office, there were more than one million female victims of domestic abuse in England and Wales, with domestic violence accounting for 18 per cent of all violent incidents.

The last sentence above makes it very clear the intended gender who will be the main beneficiary of these changes: females.  And no prizes for guessing the gender which will have to pay the price: males.

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