CAADA and the missing victims
CAADA or 'co-ordinated action against domestic abuse' describes itself as a 'national charity supporting a strong multi-agency response to domestic abuse' according to it's website at www.caada.org.uk
The other week I attended a domestic abuse training course that has been accredited by CAADA and I was surprised when we were shown a slide showing that on average two women a week are killed by their partner or former partner in the UK. This is a truly horrid statistic that is borne out by the Home Office Crime Survey but it is not the whole story. The same survey also reports that between 20 and 30 men are killed by their partner or former partner each year - a much lower number but each of those men have mothers and fathers who miss them desperately, or friends who wish they were still here, and perhaps children whose loss can never be made good. If I hadn't been in the training room no one would have realised this - even the trainer said ' I didn't realise the number was so high'.
I decided to take a look at the CAADA website and the first thing that struck me was that it is entirely themed in pink. Now I've nothing against the colour pink but most reasonable people wouldn't choose it if the wanted to make a website gender inclusive. Digging into the website I found the same omission in the figures - 'On average 2 women a week are killed by a male partner or former partner' - no mention of men.
For the record the Home Office Crime Survey gives the following numbers -
Male victims Female victims
killed by killed by
1999/00 23 89
2000/01 26 101
2001/02 29 118
2002/03 30 106
2003/04 26 96
2004/05 39 105
2005/06 22 90
2006/07 30 91
2007/08 34 79
2008/09 31 101
2009/10 21 95
If my maths is correct CAADA seems to have 'forgotten' more than 1 in 5 of these homicides. Somewhere on their website I found the comment that CAADA believe that domestic abuse is a gendered crime. I believe this too in the sense that there obviously are gender differences in the statistics but this does not justify not being gender inclusive and does not justify 'forgetting' male victims. It isn't hard to find some more one sided statistics on the CAADA website.
For me the most alarming fact is that CAADA provide domestic abuse training to a huge range of professionals including IDVA's (independent domestic violence advocates), domestic violence support workers, and health and social care professionals. Presumably they are all fed the same half truths. I know that they are not all taken in by this as I know of very committed IDVA's and domestic violence support workers who give really great support to both male and female victims. But very many others are taken in by the one sided message and think that domestic violence against men is insignificant and largely unimportant.
CAADA, if you really care about victims of domestic abuse, then please start caring about ALL victims of domestic abuse regardless of gender or sexuality.
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