First let me expand on the problems with the current approach. The current approach assumes that someone of the privileged class, in others words men, are always guilty. That goes against a basic tenet of Western law that people are assumed to be innocent. The current approach is also an invasion of privacy, An argument or fight between a Husband or a Wife should be there business, instead it is regarded as the business of the Police, the Courts and Social Workers. The current approach means that Police can press charges on someone else's behalf, even if they are against such charges being laid. What business do these people have being involved in a marriage that they are not a part of!
The result is that men are arrested for normal human behaviour. It is not unnatural for people to argue or to fight, it may be regrettable but it is not unnatural. The idea that a man's home is his castle has been destroyed by laws that assume that agents of the Government have a right to intervene in disputes between a married couple. Men are routinely denied access to their home, their property and to their children. Because they are regarded as the privileged class, how is being denied access to your home, property and/or children a privilege?
All current Domestic Violence laws are based on the theory of Class Warfare.
So what should a Conservative approach towards Domestic Violence be?
Firstly we must acknowledge that Domestic Violence is real and that it affects real people. That people who need protection should be protected.
Secondly that Domestic Violence should actually involve violence. It should not have any wider definition.
Thirdly that most Domestic Violence is an event, something that happens not something that is ongoing. Sometime it is ongoing and that should be dealt with differently to a one time event that spiraled out of control.
Fourth that one of the most important tasks of the Police is to maintain the Queens peace. Persuasion, calm authority, deescalation and restoring order are more important than making arrests.
Fifthly that neither Police, the Courts, Social Services nor any other authority should have the task of destroying or disrupting families. They should be doing their best to protect both individuals and the family.
Sixth that there are often external forces that push things over the edge, money worries, frustration, hopelessness, etc. While it is not possible to fix Human nature it is possible to let people know that there are resources and coping strategy's that they can learn or have access too.
Seventh we should be practical, things that work should be used and those things that do not work should not be used.
Eighth murder is not Domestic Violence, it's murder.
The idea that men are always guilty means that people are encouraged at every level to destroy marriages and to separate families. Conservatives should never support this, we should always support families and law and order, as well as justice. Justice is never served by saying that one class of people are always guilty because they are privileged. That sounds to me as the very definition of injustice.
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Fourth that one of the most important tasks of the Police is to maintain the Queens peace. Persuasion, calm authority, deescalation and restoring order are more important than making arrests.ReplyDelete
Sadly that's increasingly being forgotten, in all areas of policing.