Domestic abuse figures and deliberate omission of men

Ian King made this Freedom of Information request to Dorset County Council

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Dear Dorset County Council,

Outline:

Previously your council was asked to remove the frequently disproven statistic of "1 in 4 women" from your website or provide conclusive evidence to prove it. This was on the grounds that evidence from equally learned sources shows that this figure is not true.

You removed it on the basis you could not provide any evidence or proof that "1 in 4" was a fact with empirical evidence to show it and that you could not remember where you sourced it from". Obviously publishing misleading information to the public could put you in breach of certain laws as well as result in the possible misdirection of funding, this of course could deny some genuine victims assistance.

Could you kindly explain why you are using this statistic again and I aks that you also , again, backup your published claim of " 1 in 4 women" as laid out in your latest domestic violence leaflet here.

http://www.dorsetforyou.com/media.jsp?me...

If you have been professionally negligent enough to simply accept propaganda or information from a particular source given to you, you should surely correct this straight away.

Could you also explain why in the same leaflet, you give Male victims of domestic violence mere lip service by mumbling quietly at the end of a sentence, "Men can also be affected".

Why have you seemingly made sure to leave out any mention of statistics on Male victims? Many reputable statistics and media clearly show that anywhere between a 1/3rd and half of all domestic violence victims are Male. So why does your council treat them with such nonchalance and inequality?

Could you also provide:

How much funding this council has given to refuges and organisations/charities, specifically showing the monies to those that are catering for male victims of domestic violence and those organisations and refuges that cater only for females over 13?

With thanks

Ian King

It is also noted

Yours faithfully,

Ian King

Dorset County Council

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Ian King To FOI requests at
<[FOI #160178 email]> Dorset County Council
<[Dorset County Council request email]>
03/05/2013 15:49 cc
Subject Freedom of
Information request -
Domestic abuse
figures and
deliberate ommision
of men

     Dear Dorset County Council,
   
    Outline:
   
    Previously your council was asked to remove the frequently
    disproven statistic of "1 in 4 women" from your website or provide
    conclusive evidence to prove it. This was on the grounds that
    evidence from equally learned sources shows that this figure is not
    true.
   
    You removed it on the basis you could not provide any evidence or
    proof that "1 in 4" was a fact with empirical evidence to show it
    and that you could not remember where you sourced it from".
    Obviously publishing misleading information to the public could put
    you in breach of certain laws as well as result in the possible
    misdirection of funding, this of course could deny some genuine
    victims assistance.
   
    Could you kindly explain why you are using this statistic again and
    I aks that you also , again, backup your published claim of " 1 in
    4 women" as laid out in your latest domestic violence leaflet here.
   
    [1]http://www.dorsetforyou.com/media.jsp?me...
   
    If you have been professionally negligent enough to simply accept
    propaganda or information from a particular source given to you,
    you should surely correct this straight away.
   
    Could you also explain why in the same leaflet, you give Male
    victims of domestic violence mere lip service by mumbling quietly
    at the end of a sentence, "Men can also be affected".
   
    Why have you seemingly made sure to leave out any mention of
    statistics on Male victims? Many reputable statistics and media
    clearly show that anywhere between a 1/3rd and half of all domestic
    violence victims are Male. So why does your council treat them with
    such nonchalance and inequality?
   
    Could you also provide:
   
    How much funding this council has given to refuges and
    organisations/charities, specifically showing the monies to those
    that are catering for male victims of domestic violence and those
    organisations and refuges that cater only for females over 13?
   
    With thanks
   
    Ian King
   
    It is also noted
   
    Yours faithfully,
   
    Ian King
   
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Dear sirs,

Very well I understand your point. In that case could you please tell me what statistics you have on male victims of domestic violence then?

Freedom of Information, Dorset County Council

Dear Mr King
I am writing further to my email below.  The answer to the FOI element of
your correspondence is as follows:
 
A new service is being commissioned to start in April 2014.  It will be
designed to cover all victims as set out in the draft service
specification:
 
DORSET INTEGRATED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND ABUSE SUPPORT SERVICE
 

 1. It will be a flexible service providing accommodation based support
and housing, practical, financial and emotional advice and support to
any victims of domestic violence and abuse aged 16 and over living in
Dorset County. This will include male, female and transgender victims
with or without children and those living with or separated from the
perpetrator. The service is available to all victims regardless of
geographical location or tenure and will meet the individual needs of
any victims using it. The service will aim to increase the safety and
protection of victims of domestic violence and abuse in Dorset County
and to prevent harm, escalation of abuse and risk.

 
The funding for the service will be £373,000  (the same amount as
currently provided to fund the 2 refuges and outreach service).
 
In addition to the above service commissioned by Supporting People, we
also contribute £96K a year to a Pan Dorset IDVA service which supports
victims identified as being at a high risk of harm and is delivered for us
by Bournemouth Churches Housing Association (BCHA). The IDVA service will
support male and female victims aged 16 and over.
 
If you are not completely satisfied with my response, please contact me
again, or write to the complaints officer at: Dorset County Council,
County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1XJ.  Or you can follow
the complaints procedure that can be found on our website
[1]www.dorsetforyou.com at  
[2]http://212.104.140.176/index.jsp?article... If your appeal is
not resolved to your satisfaction, you have the right to apply to the
Information Commissioner for a decision.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Freedom of Information Team
Dorset County Council
 
 
From: Kirby, Richard A. On Behalf Of Freedom of Information
Sent: 07 May 2013 13:18
To: Ian King
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information request - Domestic abuse figures and
deliberate ommision of men
 
 
Dear Mr King
I am writing to acknowledge receipt of the attached email.
 
I have passed the last paragraph of your request, about funding for
refuges, to the relevant business area for a response.  The remaining
questions in your email are asking for explanations.  These are not
requests for information 'held' in permanent form by the authority, so
cannot be deemed as requests for information under the FOIA.  I have
forwarded these questions to Andy Frost who is the Strategic Manager of
DAT and Community Safety.  He will reply to you separately.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Freedom of Information Team
Dorset County Council
 
 
 
 

 

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ommision of men

 

 

 
 
     Dear Dorset County Council,
 
     Outline:
 
     Previously your council was asked to remove the frequently
     disproven statistic of "1 in 4 women" from your website or provide
     conclusive evidence to prove it. This was on the grounds that
     evidence from equally learned sources shows that this figure is not
     true.
 
     You removed it on the basis you could not provide any evidence or
     proof that "1 in 4" was a fact with empirical evidence to show it
     and that you could not remember where you sourced it from".
     Obviously publishing misleading information to the public could put
     you in breach of certain laws as well as result in the possible
     misdirection of funding, this of course could deny some genuine
     victims assistance.
 
     Could you kindly explain why you are using this statistic again and
     I aks that you also , again, backup your published claim of " 1 in
     4 women" as laid out in your latest domestic violence leaflet here.
 
     [5]http://www.dorsetforyou.com/media.jsp?me...
 
     If you have been professionally negligent enough to simply accept
     propaganda or information from a particular source given to you,
     you should surely correct this straight away.
 
     Could you also explain why in the same leaflet, you give Male
     victims of domestic violence mere lip service by mumbling quietly
     at the end of a sentence, "Men can also be affected".
 
     Why have you seemingly made sure to leave out any mention of
     statistics on Male victims? Many reputable statistics and media
     clearly show that anywhere between a 1/3rd and half of all domestic
     violence victims are Male. So why does your council treat them with
     such nonchalance and inequality?
 
     Could you also provide:
 
     How much funding this council has given to refuges and
     organisations/charities, specifically showing the monies to those
     that are catering for male victims of domestic violence and those
     organisations and refuges that cater only for females over 13?
 
     With thanks
 
     Ian King
 
     It is also noted
 
     Yours faithfully,
 
     Ian King
 
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     Please use this email address for all replies to this request:
     [6][FOI #160178 email]
 
     Is [7][Dorset County Council request email] the wrong address for Freedom of
Information
     requests to Dorset County Council? If so, please contact us using
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     Disclaimer: This message and any reply that you make will be
     published on the internet. Our privacy and copyright policies:
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     If you find this service useful as an FOI officer, please ask your
     web manager to link to us from your organisation's FOI page.
 
 
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Ian King left an annotation ()

Thank you for the information, however you have failed to address why you do not give the statistics for male victims in your literature but do for females?

Could you please complete the request by supplying what statistics you have and their source for both gender and a reason why you have not included male statistics.

Many thanks.