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NCFM Advisor Gordon Finley, “Stop the Violence Against Women Act’s (VAWA) war on men”

December 13, 2012

NCFM Adviser Gordon Finley

Stop the Violence Against Women Act’s war on men

The lead letter below was published in the print edition of The Hill on Friday, December 14, 2012 and is followed by the article to which it responds.

Gordon E. Finley, Ph.D.


By Gordon E. Finley, professor of Psychology Emeritus, Florida International University – 12/13/12 06:39 PM ET

While the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) claims to fairly protect all victims of domestic violence, in reality it intentionally discriminates against about half of the victims — men (“Progressive groups pressure House GOP to pass Violence Against Women Act,” Dec. 11).

First, social science research literature is unambiguously clear. Domestic violence is initiated about equally by men and women; slightly more women than men are physically harmed, but men nonetheless still represent more than 40 percent of the physically harmed victims; the domestic violence initiation rates for women, and especially young women, have been rising; and the domestic violence rates for bisexuals, gays and lesbians all are higher than for heterosexual couples. Yet men receive no protection under the current versions of VAWA under consideration.

Second, the ideological foundations of VAWA discriminate against men. Conceptually, VAWA is based on the Duluth Power and Control Wheel model, which falsely presumes that all domestic violence is perpetrated by evil patriarchal males against virtuously innocent females. There is no research support for this false gender ideology.

Finally, by title alone VAWA discriminates against men. Given that domestic violence approaches 50-50 on most indexes, why does Congress want to serve only half of the victims? Where are the programs for male victims of domestic violence? Where is the money for fathers and their children who have been victimized by violent and abusive wives and mothers?

Standing in stark contrast to VAWA as written today are the words engraved above the entrance to the U.S. Supreme Court: Equal Justice Under Law. Fairness demands a new law in the next congressional session that provides genuine protection for all victims — including the male half of the population.

— Miami

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5 Responses to NCFM Advisor Gordon Finley, “Stop the Violence Against Women Act’s (VAWA) war on men”

  1. STEVEN on January 19, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    As I have a Son and he is now being indoctrinated into the feminist ideology, I only hope there are enough men out there that can help change the tide, maybe a ‘Dad’s Day’ protest to W DC, every plane into the Airport filled with men seeking no more than the Rights we died for over 200 years ago from the Brits. and King George.

  2. Gary T on December 16, 2012 at 11:21 AM


    See Feminism and The Disposable Male:

    This woman is amazing in her perspicacity; she points out how extremely sexist society is against men, in ways I had not even thought of.

  3. Gary T on December 16, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    A significant percentage of domestic abuse (I believe it is the vast majority in fact) falsely reported, often in the context of a divorce or custody proceeding – and that alone is bad enough.
    However, further, there are no penalties made upon such women for false accusations, even when proven.
    But what makes it truly intolerable, is that upon such accusations alone, a man is removed from his home, denied access to his children, sometimes has his banking accounts frozen, has all his firearms confiscated, must spend thousands of dollars on an attorney, and all the other oppression that come with the accusation.
    And this happens with ONLY the accusation, which is used like a bludgeon by scorned females, to that effect even when no abuse occurred.
    A hearing on the matter is scheduled no less than a month after all this occurs, and by then all the damage is done to the father and legal high ground is permanently achieved by the woman.
    The VAWA is sexist by its title and inception.
    If it was called the Violence against Humans Act, and if there were legal protections in place to prevent such abuse of it, then it would be good legislation.
    As it is now, it is a discriminatory and horrific weapon used against men for the majority of cases.

    • Liz on December 20, 2012 at 9:04 AM

      “Not all violence is perpetrated by males” we need to put a STOP to this. I have a son and never in my life thought this would happen to him. The system is not on the “man’s” side and I agree, no penalties for such women. Enough is enough, we must STOP this ignorance.

  4. Dave Root on December 15, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    “VAWA discriminates against men”. True. More importantly VAWA discriminates against young boys. Organizations that receive VAWA funding are denying critical life saving protections to young boys. This not only appears to be a violation of federal law, but it ‘s downright sinister.

    Pursuant to a FOIA request we found that Tahirih Justice Center submitted a grant progress and reported to OVW that they helped “249 female” and “0 male” victims of domestic violence and sexual asault coviering the period January 1-June 30, 2008. Some of these victims were young girls

    On a recent 6 month progress report Tahirih reported helping 89 female and zero male victims. Some were young girls between 13-17.

    Where is the sexual assault protection for young boys and shouldn’t that be included in VAWA- both the House and Senate versions?

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