Activist Joe Manthey opinion piece on feminist false domestic violence statistics published in Petaluma Patch

April 20, 2012

domestic violenceFalse Statistics by Feminist Groups Lead to Hysteria, Misandry

The leading cause of death for women is heart disease, followed by cancer, not domestic violence, says male advocate and Petaluma resident Joe Manthey

In your April 17 With Three Domestic Violence Murders in Three Years, Advocates Say Problem Not Going Away article you quoted Jacque Reid, a navigator at the Family Justice Center in Santa Rosa, who claimed that “domestic violence is the number one cause of injury for women in the United States and it crosses all cultural and economic lines.” But according to University of Pennsylvania domestic violence researcher Richard Gelles, “as good a sound bite as it is, the statement is simply not true.”

Sure enough, according to Department of Health and Human Services, the leading cause of injury for women in the United States is falls, followed by motor vehicle accident and overexertion. In fact, domestic violence doesn’t even appear on the list of leading causes of injury for women.

The actual research behind this factoid is based on a survey of one emergency room. The facts, as reported in a U.S. Department of Justice study, are that all violence is responsible for about 3 percent of women’s injury-related visits to emergency rooms with domestic violence accounting for about 1 percent of such. By comparison, Centers for Disease and Control numbers show that more than twice as many women visit emergency rooms due to being injured by an animal than by a male partner.

But what if you broke the numbers down by race, as Attorney General of the U.S. Eric Holder did in 2010? “The facts are clear,” said Holder. “Intimate partner homicide is the leading cause of death for African-American women ages 15 to 45.”

Yet, according to the CDC and the Justice Department’s own Bureau of Justice Statistics, the leading causes of death for African-American women between the ages 15–45 are cancer, heart disease, unintentional injuries such as car accidents, and HIV disease. Homicide comes in fifth — and includes murders by strangers. In 2006 (the latest year for which full statistics are available), several hundred African-American women died from intimate partner homicide — each one a tragedy, but far fewer than the approximately 6,800 African-American women who died of the other leading causes.

Unfortunately, misinformation spread by battered women advocates, government officials and unquestioning journalists leads to hysteria, not to mention misandry.

Joe Manthey is a Petaluma resident and male advocate.

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10 Responses to Activist Joe Manthey opinion piece on feminist false domestic violence statistics published in Petaluma Patch

  1. Mina on May 11, 2012 at 7:32 AM

    Mr. Manthey, the source you cited for the "number one cause of injury" for women listed their findings in 2005/2006 … and no later. Just wanted to let you know._

    • Don S on May 21, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      These findings are consistent over the last decade or more. AGAIN, domestic violence, however defined, is hardly a “leading cause” of death, or even serious injury, when compared to other causes of morbidity/mortality such as heart disease, cancer or accidents. These findings, if you really wish to look, ARE on the HRSA and other sites, and are readily available.

  2. @caesarjbsquitti on April 21, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    The current definitions of ‘half-truth’, ‘lie’, and ‘truth’ are incomplete and therefore inaccurate. The best definition of half-truth can be found on the Wikipedia website.

    In 2010, a book, outlining the new types of deceptive half-truths was published “THE LIGHT; The Rainbow of Truths – THE JESUS CHRIST CODE” outlining the bridge between the scientific properties of LIGHT and the new proposed definition of Truth; The Truth, as opposed to a truth, is all colors and colorless.

    The conclusion of this research suggests that the story of Adam and Eve is in fact true, mankind has been deceived by Truths.

    Caesar J. B. Squitti

  3. @caesarjbsquitti on April 21, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    The devil’s conspiracy.

    In 2011, a social agency ran a campaign dealing with violence with the slogan, “men and boys, helping stop violence against women and girls’; a variety of half-truths.

    One must note that the real social issue is abuse, and that violence is one form of abuse, that in some cases is in fact not abuse, but self-defense, or a reaction to other forms of abuse.

    In 1989, the Webster’s definition of half-truths was ‘a statement that is partly true’. This is in fact only part of the correct definition. Several new types were submitted to Oxford University concerning this definition, including that half-truths should also include ‘totally true statements that are part-of-a-greater-truth’. To date the major media forms in North America have kept it their secret.

  4. @caesarjbsquitti on April 21, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    In 1989, in Canada it was noted that the Children’s Aid Society, defined child abuse with a half-truth, as ‘men who abuse, women and children victims’. You will note the model is anti-male, polarizing the sexes, and including the cult-feminist model of ‘women in general’ as victims. The model also totally ignores ‘children as abusers’.

    In 1996, a TV ad dealing with violence, in particular ‘Stop violence against women’, another half-truth, featured Nicole Simpson’s sister. A complaint was lodged with the Advertising Commission of Canada for promoting a stereotype of violence. The ad was later removed. The tragic murder of Nicole Simpson also included the murder of a Mr. Goldman.

    In the last 20 years the statement, ‘we are all equal’ has been used repeatedly, and is in fact a literal half-truth, from the statement, ‘we are all equal before the law or before God’.

  5. @caesarjbsquitti on April 21, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    This is not so much a war between the sexes, but a war against the heterosexual community by ‘other’ sexual orientations. American Judy REbick comes close to hitting the nail on the head at a public lecture entitled, ’Feminism in a neo-liberal age’

    JUDY: Yeah, thanks, I’m sorry I didn’t mention it. Yeah, lesbians are the heart of the women’s movement, always have been. And, you know, for a long time in Canada, lesbians weren’t, their issues – they were invisible in the women’s movement, even though they were always essential, particularly in the anti-violence movement and the pro-choice movement. Their issues were invisible and then there was – lesbians were the first group that struggled to shift power in the women’s movement in Canada and that happened in the rape crisis centres initially. And then at the national level. So lesbians have always played a major role and a leadership role and they continue to do so. And I’m sorry I didn’t mention that."

  6. Eric Ross, Ph.D. on April 21, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    The false "statistics" and "studies" with form questions filled out by the very feminists who directly benefit financially from the massive funds flowing into the DV Industry, were fabricated with the idea in mind of whipping up hysteria in the press and the Congress. These falsified "stats" were projected upon the general population. It is the essence of demagogy — appeal to the public's darkest emotions of fear and hate, while alleging 'a scientific basis' for such fraud, then offer a "solution" which brings the Demagogue the most political capital, votes and power.

    The outrageous version of VAWA, eliminating virtually all civil rights of men and pushed by Biden in his yesterday's demagogic speech, is part of the Democrat political stratagem to corral American women voters into the Democrat barn.

    They decided to achieve that by alleging Republican "War on Women". The latter is not only “a straw woman” argument, denying American women their intelligence, it is a hardly veiled “War on Truth” waged by President Obama and his advisers.

    I do not sing from the "talking points" by either of the two main political parties. But the truth remains that Democrats baited Republicans by opening the floodgate for federally-sponsored FRAUD in their text of VAWA. Not that Republicans care that much for men, who remain the second LARGEST, and woefully disorganized voters' block, but it's just that the Democrat pork in VAWA insults their intelligence and sense of propriety. The NCFM and especially so its members should get out of their way to have as many people organized and enlightened as to what is going on, as possible.

  7. Ray2447 on April 20, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    It's very disgusting how men are hypocritically attacked in the newspaper's comment section as "angry," and creating divisiveness between the sexes, merely for correcting feminist's fraudulent claims, while it's clear to anyone who's done their homework that it was feminists who purposefully, and hatefully, opened this front (created VAWA) as part of their "War on Men." :-/

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