NCFM asks the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges to get rid of gender discriminatory language in their domestic violence Checklist for Judges

May 8, 2012
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Domestic violence on American English. The word "accountability" is used incorrectly here because that's the way it appears on their website.. They should be held "accountable" for that too.

Dear National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges,

Your Checklist for judges uses sex-specific language with regard to domestic violence, referring only to “fathers” but not to mothers.

As an organization that works with male victims of domestic abuse, we are concerned that this language stereotypes fathers and keeps female perpetration invisible as usual.

In October 2008, we won a landmark appellate case in California that held it is unconstitutional to exclude male victims of domestic violence from the statutory funding provisions or from state-funded services, and held: “domestic violence is a serious problem for both women and men,” “men experience significant levels of domestic violence as victims,” “male victims of domestic violence are similarly situated to female victims for purposes of the statutory programs and no compelling state interest justifies the gender classification,” and that gender classifications in domestic violence programs carries “the baggage of sexual stereotypes.”  Woods v. Horton (2008) 167 Cal.App.4th 648, 662, 671, and 676.

We request that you correct that language and make it gender-inclusive (“fathers and mothers”) or gender neutral (“parents”).  Please get back to us about this.

Marc E. Angelucci, Esq.

Vice President

National Coalition For Men (NCFM)


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One Response to NCFM asks the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges to get rid of gender discriminatory language in their domestic violence Checklist for Judges

  1. ZimbaZumba on May 18, 2012 at 5:11 AM

    This is 2012 and they still have stuff like that, wow. Not that it takes much effort to change it.

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