We need a register for perpetrators who commit acts of domestic violence

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May 14, 2020
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Anita Kanitz
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"It's not romantic. It's no fun. It's not your right as man. It's not o.k. Don't worry about what I am doing, worry about, what you are doing. You can stalk and bully me all the time, I won't like you. Stalking is a crime. Stop stalking!"
-Anita Kanitz

Hate crimes:

Domestic Violence:

Between 20 and 59 per cent of the world's female population are exposed to domestic violence depending on the specific region. TERRE DES FEMMES activities focus on Germany. In Germany, one in four women has experienced physical violence at the hands of her current or former partner at least once during the course of her life.

What is Domestic Violence?

There is no universal definition of domestic violence; however, the term is used most commonly when referring to the violence exercised between two current or former partners. In 90 per cent of the cases the perpetrator is male while women and children are usually the victims. Children tend to be more than mere witnesses to domestic violence: in fact, research has demonstrated a close correlation between domestic violence against women and the abuse of children by the perpetrator.

Intimate partner violence is part of many women’s daily lives. According to a representative study commissioned by the federal government in 2004, as many as 25 per cent of women in Germany have experienced some kind of physical and/or sexual abuse by their current or former partner at some point.

The forms of domestic violence

Domestic violence includes forms of physical, sexual, and psychological violence. It may range from threats, intimidation, and humiliation to being slapped, beaten up, raped, or killed. Social isolation and economic violence can also be features domestic violence. Domestic violence simply means to exercise power and control over one's partner. In general domestic violence is not an isolated event, but rather the perpetrator makes use of violence against his/her partner systematically and continuously in order to oppress the partner and keep her/him in an inferior position. People affected by domestic violence often suffer from a lack of self-confidence. It is not unusual for them to accept responsibility for the violence they have experienced.

Domestic violence is not a private matter

Conflicts within a relationship, including violent ones, are often understood as ‘private matters’ by possible witnesses, such as neighbours, colleagues or friends. Thus, they often perceive interference as overly intrusive. Moreover, the control exercised by the violent partner makes it more difficult for the victim to resort to outsiders for help.

In addition, there are very real difficulties and obstacles for a woman to break free of a violent relationship, such as financial dependence on the perpetrator. Also, ending an abusive relationship does not always put an end to the threat of violence. On the contrary, the risk of falling victim to violence by an abusive partner increases especially after a break-up.

There are 1,500 shelters for battered women in the United States. There are 3,800 animal shelters. (Schneider, 1990).

Three to four million women in the United States are beaten in their homes each year by their husbands, ex-husbands, or male lovers. ("Women and Violence," Hearings before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, August 29 and December 11, 1990, Senate Hearing 101-939, pt. 1, p. 12.)

One woman is beaten by her husband or partner every 15 seconds in the United States. (Uniform Crime Reports, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1991).

One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. (Tjaden, Patricia & Thoennes, Nancy. National Institute of Justice and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, “Extent, Nature and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey,” 2000; Sara Glazer, "Violence, Against Women" CO Researcher, Congressional Quarterly, Inc., Volume 3, Number 8, February, 1993, p. 171; The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The National Institute of Justice, Extent, Nature, and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence, July 2000; The Commonwealth Fund, Health Concerns Across a Woman’s Lifespan: 1998 Survey of Women’s Health, 1999).

In 1992, the American Medical Association reported that as many as 1 in 3 women will be assaulted by a domestic partner in her lifetime -- 4 million in any given year. ("When Violence Hits Home." Time. June 4, 1994).

An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year. (Costs of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in the United States. 2003. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Centers for Injury Prevention and Control. Atlanta, GA.)

85% of domestic violence victims are women. (Bureau of Justice Statistics Crime Data Brief, Intimate Partner Violence, 1993-2001, February 2003)

Police report that between 40% and 60% of the calls they receive, especially on the night shift, are domestic violence disputes. (Carrillo, Roxann "Violence Against Women: An Obstacle to Development," Human Development Report, 1990)

Police are more likely to respond within 5 minutes if an offender is a stranger than if an offender is known to a female victim. (Ronet Bachman, Ph.D. "Violence Against Women: A National Crime Victimization Survey Report." U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice and Statistics. January 1994, p. 9.)

Battering occurs among people of all races, ages, socio-economic classes, religious affiliations, occupations, and educational backgrounds.

A battering incident is rarely an isolated event.

Battering tends to increase and become more violent over time.

Many batterers learned violent behavior growing up in an abusive family.

25% - 45% of all women who are battered are battered during pregnancy.

Domestic violence does not end immediately with separation. Over 70% of the women injured in domestic violence cases are injured after separation.

1 in 12 women and 1 in 45 men have been stalked in their lifetime. (Tjaden, Patricia & Thoennes, Nancy. (1998). “Stalking in America.” National Institute for Justice)

One in 6 women and 1 in 33 men have experienced an attempted or completed rape. (U.S. Department of Justice, “Prevalence, Incidence, and Consequences of Violence Against Women,” November 1998)

Nearly 7.8 million women have been raped by an intimate partner at some point in their lives. (Costs of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in the United States. 2003. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Centers for Injury Prevention and Control. Atlanta, GA.)

Witnessing violence between one’s parents or caretakers is the strongest risk factor of transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next. (Frieze, I.H., Browne, A. (1989) Violence in Marriage. In L.E. Ohlin & M. H. Tonry, Family Violence. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. Break the Cycle. (2006). Startling Statistics)

Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults. (Strauss, Gelles, and Smith, “Physical Violence in American Families: Risk Factors and Adaptations to Violence” in 8,145 Families. Transaction Publishers 1990)

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

FGM is the greatest crime ever against females, connected with forced and child marriage, rape, sexual torture, horrible mutilation and attempted murder.

For the abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is defined as the partial or total removal of outer female genital parts for non-medical reasons. UNICEF estimates that currently more than 200 Million women and girls in 30 countries have been genitally mutilated. However, this number can only be understood as a rough estimate, as precise prevalence studies currently still do not exist for many countries. The actual rate could therefore be up to twice as high.

Female Genital Mutilation constitutes a severe violation of human rights. Survivors of FGM often suffer from grave physical and psychological consequences throughout their lives after the procedure.

For a long time, Female Genital Mutilation has been considered a solely African phenomenon. This conception has experienced a fundamental paradigm shift in recent years. Today, it is general knowledge that different forms of FGM are not only practised in 29 African countries, but also in some regions in the Middle East, in Asia and in South America. In addition, the practice is spreading worldwide through migration. As a result, the European Parliament estimates that in EU countries alone 500.000 girls and women have suffered FGM, and another 180.000 are endangered of being cut.

Also in Germany, women and girls are exposed to the risk of being genitally mutilated secretly inside the country, or taken abroad and forced to undergo the procedure.

Today worldwide 200 millions of women, girls, female childs and babies are victims of this sadistic male crime.

Honour Crimes
There is no honour in killing. Honour killings are horrible hate crimes against young female childs, girls and women.
Worldwide, women continue to be denied the right to an independent life on the pretext of traditional, often out-dated concepts of honour. However, what are known as “honour killings” and forced marriages are only the most extreme forms of violence in the name of honour.
What is violence in the name of honour?

Violence in the name of honour, also known as honour crimes, is a type of violence used in order to safeguard or regain what is perceived as the family honour. Different expressions of this kind of violence range from emotional blackmail and psychological pressure to physical and sexual violence. Forced Marriages and honour killings also belong to this category.
What does honour or family honour mean?

Honour or family honour has different meanings in different cultures and countries. In strongly patriarchal societies, it is based on what is perceived to be 'correct' conduct for female family members who are regarded as men's property. If a female relative acts against the ruling norms, and if this becomes known to outsiders, then the entire family's honour is damaged, if not destroyed, and with it their social standing.

At the root of this lies the control over female sexuality. Sex is only tolerated within marriage. In some cases, a rumour or suspicion spread about a girl being seen with an unknown boy or man may be enough to damage the family honour. Rape can also lead to the loss of family honour.

It is the men's task to guard the family’s honour and therefore to control the female family members' conduct. Should they fail in this, the only option to regain the family's honour is to kill the girl or woman responsible for the loss of honour (killing in the name of honour = '‘honour killing'’).
What does honour based violence have to do with religion?

In several known cases of honour-based violence, the perpetrators have justified their actions with their religious beliefs. According to some religious beliefs, sexuality is only allowed within marriage. Extra-marital sex can damage family honour, which the men will try to mend using violence. However, any form of violence is an abuse of human rights and can never be legitimised.
What's the situation in Germany and Europe?

There is no doubt that honour crimes take place in Europe. In most cases, they affect girls and women from families with migrant backgrounds. On the one hand, these women experience a lot of pressure to conform to the patriarchal gender roles within the families. On the other hand, they want to live an equal and independent life.

There are no exact numbers on the extent of honour crimes in Europe. However, in 2008 the UK became the first country to publish a census on honour crimes (pdf-file). A survey by Dr. Khanum (pdf-file), for instance, shows that at least 3,000 young women in the UK are victims of forced marriage each year.

The first nationwide survey regarding cases of forced marriage in Germany was published in November 2011: On behalf of the Ministry for family, seniors, women and youth, a scientific survey by the Lawaetz Foundation was realised in cooperation with TERRE DES FEMMES and Torsten Schaak (office for socio-political counselling), which was accompanied by an advisory committee. Nationwide, 1445 helpdesks were interviewed on their experiences with cases of forced marriage. 830 of them replied and stated that there were all in all 3,443 cases of forced marriage in 2008 alone – 93% of them concerning women or girls. A close third of the affected people were underage, while 40% were between 18 and 21 years old.

Trafficking in Women

Sex trafficking is heinous sex slavery, nothing more and nothing less.

Trafficking in women is a severe human rights violation. Since its establishment TERRE DES FEMMES has been combating this kind of gender based violence and has been campaigning for the rights and the protection of this group of victims. There are different forms of trafficking in women. We are focusing on the issue of trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Other forms of trafficking are trafficking into labour and into marriage.
What is trafficking into sexual exploitation?

Trafficking in women is a global and complex phenomenon and is often in conjunction with the migration of women. In Germany the majority of victims of trafficking into prostitution originates from countries, which face violent conflicts and are in circumstances of extreme poverty andsocial inequalities. Traffickers profit from the fragile social and economic situation of women and lure them under false pretences, such as false job advertisements, to Western Europe. The women leave their country in desperation and in the hope to escape from their emergency. After the arrival at the destination country they are forced into prostitution.

How many women are affected by human trafficking?

Due to the high number of unreported cases, it is difficult to estimate the dimension of human trafficking. The official data concerning to the extent of victims of trafficking differs substantially depending on a narrow or a broader definition of trafficking in human beings.For Germany the only official statistics being provided are the yearly report of Bundeslagebild Menschenhandel, published by the Federal Criminal Police Office. But this report only provides an overview of investigation procedures, which are completed. This kind of data collection does not give the full picture of the situation in Germany; it can be assumed that the number of unreported cases is much higher. According to estimates of the United Nation Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) 2.4 million people worldwide are victims of human trafficking. According to a report of UNODC (2014) the majority of trafficking victims are subjected to sexual exploitation (53 per cent) and 40 per cent of the victims detected between 2010 and 2012 were trafficked for forced labour.

Sexual Violence

Sexual violence has it's roots in cruel patriarchy!
Definition - What is Sexual Violence?

In the cases of domestic violence and sexual violence, the own home can often be the most dangerous place for women. In fact, most instances of rape and other forms of sexual violence take place not in a dark alley or park, as is often assumed, but in the home. In fact, in the majority of cases, the perpetrator is not a stranger; he is often an ex-partner, a friend, or even a member of the own family.

Sexual violence often stays unreported and unprosecuted: half of those affected by sexual violence never speak with anyone about what they experienced, and only a very small portion of rape crimes are reported at all. Furthermore, the conviction rate of rape-crimes in Germany has fallen sharply in recent years.

The key motives for sexual violence are the exercise of power, control and the humiliation of another person. In the vast majority of cases, victims are girls and women and the offenders are, in most cases, men.
Types of Sexual Violence

Sexual violence is a multifaceted problem, which encompasses all sexual activities, advances or attempts made onto another person against their will, including sexual harassment (e.g. unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favours), and other verbal or physical harassment or assault of a sexual nature. Serious forms of sexual violence include: sexual assault, rape and attempted rape.

In Germany, one in every seven women has experienced serious forms of sexual violence throughout her lifetime (Estimated number of rape every year in Germany: 160,000).

Though the German Criminal Code outlaws sexual violence, the wording of the relevant article (§177) is inadequate, with several and severe gaps in protection, resulting in the majority of crimes going unpunished every year.
Protection Gaps

Even under circumstances where an offender has demonstrably committed sexual acts against the will of the victim this alone is not considered sufficient action to constitute the criminal offence of rape under current legislation.

In order to constitute a crime, the offender must have indeed exploited the vulnerable position of the victim through either the threat or actual use of physical force against the victim to be considered as rape according to the requirements of an offence.

Cruel gang rape case in the U.S., 2009:
Richmond High School Case

Richmond High school situated in Richmond, California, U.S, came into media scrutiny after a school student was brutally gang raped within its boundary. It was late night on 24 October 2009, when a homecoming dance was organized in the school. A classmate of the victim (name disclosed), invited her to join some of his own friends. They were having a small party in a dark courtyard.

Here, she consumes a high amount of alcohol (brandy), then she was propositioned for sex by the alleged offenders. Following her refusal they beat her to an extent that she became semi-unconscious, then continuously raped her for more than 2 hours. According to report almost dozens bystanders witnessed the act, but did not call for help. A local resident called the police.

Horrible domestic murder case in the U.K., 2017:
Son of 'tyrant' father who killed mother and daughter has spoken of horrific domestic abuse !
A son whose "tyrant" father subjected his family to years of domestic abuse before murdering his wife and daughter has described him as a "terrorist" living within their home.

Lance Hart, 57, ambushed and murdered his estranged wife Claire, 50, and their 19-year-old daughter Charlotte outside a swimming pool before shooting himself last July.

He left a 12-page suicide note saying "Revenge is a dish served cold. Karma is a b---h" after his wife had left him days earlier.

Speaking for the first time their son Luke Hart, 27, says his father subjected them to decades of "frightening and bullying" behaviour.

"Our father shot and killed our mum Claire and our 19 year old sister Charlotte," he wrote in an open letter on Facebook.

"It was the result of decades of abuse and controlling and intimidating behaviour. He was a tyrant who wouldn’t let his family live outside of his domination.

"Our father was a terrorist living within our own home; he had no cause but to frighten his family and to generate his own esteem from trampling and bullying us. For over a decade we had tried to leave on numerous occasions but he manipulated and threatened on every occasion."

Hart shot his wife and daughternear the Castle Sports Complex in Spalding, Lincolnshire, last July after she had left him and ended their marriage days earlier.

As his daughter lay dying, her last words were: "It was my dad who shot me."

Mr Hart said he and his brother had been working abroad and had saved up enough money to help his mother and sister escape from him and start a new life.

"We moved mum out of our house whilst our father was out, only a few days before the event on the 19th July," he said.

"Killing our mother and sister was our father’s final denial of the future we had spent our lives trying to create for mum and Charlotte, the life that they deserved. He killed himself in an act of cowardice, finally showing how little he had to live for outside of punishing his family for his own distorted sense of power."

Mr Hart took the step of speaking out to pay tribute to the support he has received from his younger brother Ryan, 26, in the hope their story will help other families.

"I wouldn’t be here without my little brother," he added.

"I act strong, but he is strong. Even when we struggled through our darkest moments against our father, Ryan dared to remain resistant when I had broken down and couldn’t face any more.

"He was still able to love and believe in a world that our father had filled with hate

Ryan protected us; he never hid but always threw himself in the firing line to protect us.

"For everything our father has done to attempt to destroy Ryan, he has failed. Ryan is the strongest, most kind hearted person and refuses to let the hate triumph over the love he fought for. My little brother is my hero and I love him.

"I hope that our story can encourage others to stand up to and speak out about the many forms of domestic abuse. I hope it empowers those who are suffering its consequences to take action."

Last year Coroner Paul Cooper concluded the deaths of Charlotte and Claire were unlawful killings and Mr Hart's was suicide, adding: "He knew exactly what he was going to do.

"In my view, this was a cold, calculated, scheming man who went out and deliberately murdered his wife and daughter."

Hart's suicide note described how he ate a "last supper" of his favourite meal before he carried out the killings.

"I have just had my favourite meal, paella, and I'm sitting in the sun with a glass of red wine," it read.

Last year Ryan and Luke said: "Charlotte and our mum were our inspiration and purpose in life.

"They were the two most virtuous and beautiful people we have ever encountered. It is not possible to describe how unfairly and how cruelly they have been taken from us.

"Our world is a darker place because they have gone."

Mrs Hart, who had previously battled cancer and been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, told colleague Dale Pateman that her husband was a controlling and selfish man saying she had "become worn out by his behaviour".

Her daughter Charlotte, a student, had moved in with her.

Charlotte had dropped out of a midwifery course but was due to start a teacher training course at Northampton University before her death.

Mr Hart has created a crowdfunding page to thank his brother for the support he has received.

Cruel stalking murder case:

'Cruel and cowardly' Joshua Stimpson to serve life in prison for Molly McLaren murder
THE stalker killer of student Molly McLaren was jailed for life yesterday and warned he might never go free. Joshua Stimpson, 26, stabbed former girlfriend Molly to death in a car park after she dumped him.
He admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility but denied murder.

However a jury at Maidstone Crown Court found him guilty yesterday and Judge Adele Williams ordered him to serve a minimum of 26 years before he can be considered for parole.

Warning him he could have to stay in prison for the rest of his life, Judge Williams said: “This was a cruel, calculated and cowardly act. This was an act of wickedness.

“You are a highly-dangerous young man and you will pose a very considerable risk to women for a very considerable period in the future.”
Jealous Stimpson knifed 23-year-old Molly more than 75 times in the neck and chest as she sat in her car.

The attack was so ferocious, he almost sliced off one of his fingers and it had to be amputated.

Warehouse worker Stimpson, of Wouldham, near Rochester, Kent, had stalked Molly for 12 days after she ended their relationship.

Armed with a paring knife, he tailed her from a gym and ambushed her as she sat in her Citroen in a shopping centre car park in Chatham, Kent, last June.

Passing stranger Ben Moreton – praised by the judge and by Molly’s family – bravely tried to save her but it was in vain. Stimpson was arrested at the scene, covered in blood. Cries of “Yes!” echoed round the court as the verdict was announced.

Molly’s mother Joanne was hugged by relatives but there were gasps from Stimpson’s family.

The killer, standing a few feet away, showed no emotion but he is believed to have attempted to kill himself while in custody.

Molly’s family said in a statement later: “We feel that there needs to be more awareness over the dangers of stalking and the need for people to report any concerns over stalking to the police.

“We are serving a lifetime of pain, anguish and loss.”
They went out together for seven months and holidayed in Tenerife to celebrate her birthday before she ended their relationship.

Stimpson had been warned twice by police after he posted derogatory comments about Molly on social media.

He followed her when she went out and turned up at her gym minutes before he killed her.

Following his arrest, two other women said they had also been stalked and threatened by him after they broke up.

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Lynne Brown
3 years ago
Domestic bullying, overpowering, violence is 'everyday terrorism'. HOMES need to be safe, secure & health & well-being respected.

Bullying - abuse - violence has many forms ... Psychological ... Physical ... FINANCIAL ... Emotional ... &/or Sexual. All crippling & destructive nasty abuses .. resulting ? in .... illnesses .. anxieties .. stresses .. homelessness .. suicides .. murders .. maiming++. DIS-Respect is the start of ABUSE. Homes need to be safe & secure - human right ??

Everyone deserves human dignity & safety & health respect.
* Mental, emotional, psychological stresses - bullied lives ??
* Housing stress affects 25% of Australian households
* One in 6 Older Australians financially+ abused in homes
* Homelessness 105,000* Australians nightly
* Lungs .. 1 in 4 people has a chronic respiratory illness
* In 2016 .. 2,866 Deaths by Suicide

The list is never ending of illnesses, stresses, pressures, struggles++ that many people & homes are forced to endure !! .. some to their death. We need to be aiming at living with compassion, empathy, respect, regard & due care for all our neighbours - all people.

We don't live in a perfect world - there are some creeps - perverted, cold, calculated bullies take selfish dis-advantage of others who they have intentionally trapped .. & who can't fight back. 'Ganging up' to health harm, trash, devalue & demean + defraud & extort is bullying cowardice unfair dis-advantaging.

HOME abuse, overpowering control & harm that is intended, deliberately forced in homes & TOWNHOUSE & Unit Block homes where people are trapped is insidious, cold & cruel 'everyday terrorism' - existing in fear 24 hours. Older & vulnerable humans need safeguards from bullies. Homes are lifetime of works to own.

Very PERSONAL nasty assault on safe, secure, decent HOME living .. deliberate bullying with targeted INTENT to defraud other people in their own homes to pay towards bullies' 'stuff everyone else' trashing & health risking arrogant attitude.

"RESPECT for women, children, older & ALL people - changing Australia for the better" ?? "That change, that RESPECT will make this a safer & a better country” Malcolm Turnbull added.

Are WE ALL looking at home abuses all wrong ?? We work to help bullied people cope & make new lives, struggle financially, emotionally+++, leave their known lives behind. We must all support any bullied & abused person.

As in any intended CRIME we need to view & review the BULLY/IES first, ask them to show why they have rights & entitlements over other people's lives, health, finances+++. Justify why they need to abuse.

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Peta Cameron
3 years ago
The times must change to suit the changes today. People need to feel safe in the world they live in.

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Nicky Miklos-Woodley
3 years ago
This matters!

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Anita Hotson
3 years ago
This is the best way to keep women and children safe from DV. If women can be aware of a man’s violent background she can choose not to be with him.

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Denise Hunter
3 years ago
There shouldn't need to be any reasons... just set up the register. Please.

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Clare Gambaro
3 years ago
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Ensure overall Safety and preventive DV

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3 years ago
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Paul Ferry
3 years ago
people have a right to know if their partner has a history of violence.