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NCFM calls for closer scrutiny of violent women who abuse men in light of Travis Alexander’s murder by Jodi Aris

May 9, 2013
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Travis AlexanderPress Release

San Diego, California, May 9, 2013

Contact: Marc Angelucci, Esq., NCFM Vice President, marcangelucci@hotmail.com   626-319-3081

SUMMARY: Travis Alexander’s murder by Jodi Aris was horrific by any measure. It may not have happened if more attention were paid to female perpetrators and their male victims. 

In light of the tragic murder of Travis Alexander by his ex-girlfriend Jodi Arias, the National Coalition For Men (NCFM) calls for more attention to the neglected side of domestic violence where the perpetrator is female and the victim is male.  The neglect of male victims is so prevalent that most people do not know Alexander’s name and the public rarely calls this a case of domestic violence.

Female-on-male domestic violence is not rare.  In 2011 the Centers for Disease Control announced that “More than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and more than 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.”  (See executive summary at www.cdc.gov/ ViolencePrevention/pdf/ NISVS_Report2010-a.pdf)

The CDC’s data says 25% of domestic violence deaths happen to men.   www.cdc.gov/ncipc/dvp/ipv_factsheet.pdf   And a study funded by the CDC examined heterosexual relationships throughout the U.S. and found: “Almost 24% of all relationships had some violence,and half (49.7%) of those were reciprocally violent. In nonreciprocallyviolent relationships, women were the perpetrators in more than 70% of the cases.” www.ajph.org/cgi/content/abstract/97/5/941

Hundreds of empirical studies have found “women are as physically aggressive, or more aggressive, as men in their relationships with their spouses or male partners (and that men account for 1/3 of physical DV injuries). See www.csulb.edu/~mfiebert/assault.htm

Male victims frequently find themselves trapped in a living situation with a violent partner whose violence arises from impulse problems, alcohol, drugs, or even mental illness such as borderline personality disorder, as Arias was diagnosed with.  Weapons and the element of surprise are used to compensate for strength difference, as Arias did.  Male victims often do not want to hit back for fear of being arrested.  Children are often present, and the male victims need a place to escape with their children for safety and to get help so they and their children are no long subjected to the violence.

Some countries, like Switzerland and The Netherlands, government-run battered men’s shelters where male victims and their children can go to escape the violence and avoid any escalation.  But most have no shelters for males.  In Calgary, Canada, a man named Earl Silverman who established Canada’s first battered men’s shelter had to fund it out of his own pocket because the government refused to help, and he recently commmitted a widely publicized suicide after having to close the shelter for lack of funds.

In 2008, NCFM won a landmark appellate case on behalf of battered men in California called Woods v. Horton (2008) 167 Cal.App.4th 648 that held it is unconstitutional to exclude male victims from state-funded services and that found domestic violence is a “serious problem for both women and men.”  More recently, NCFM helped establish an official Task Force on Male Victims of Domestic Violence within the Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Council.  Yet male victims and their children still must travel to the remote desert community of Lancaster because no other state-funded services in Los Angeles County will provide them shelter or even a hotel voucher.

“Victims are victims,” said NCFM Vice President Marc Angelucci, an attorney who represent the plaintiffs in Woods v. Horton.  “We cannot stop the cycle of domestic violence without addressing this problen honestly and in its entirety.  NCFM calls on the public and media to recognize this reality and take action to stop all forms of domestic violence regardless of gender.”   

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Jodi Aris is not the only violent woman who murdered a man. And, her defense team still tried to blame Travis’s corpse.

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5 Responses to NCFM calls for closer scrutiny of violent women who abuse men in light of Travis Alexander’s murder by Jodi Aris

  1. Sad for all those suffering on May 25, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Travis’s death is a complete shame, it should have never happened. The thing that immediately intuitively comes to mind is that had Jodi learned to walk away from someone who could never fulfill her emotional needs, love her past just her body, she would not be facing the death penalty today. All relationships are complicated, but to allow someone to leave you feeling used-up to the point have to flip out and butcher them is completely insane. Everyone needs to learn to walk away and never look back upon any person that causes this feeling, it may not be them – it may be you looking for the other person to give you something their incapable to give you. Learn to let go.. love your self more than that, do not sink to killer level, walk away fast, don’t look back either.

  2. Cassie on May 17, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Petitioning Eric Holder
    This petition will be delivered to:
    Attorney General of the United StatesEric HolderVictims’ Rights Ombudsman, Executive Office for United States AttorneysMarie A. O’RourkeCreate Travis Alexander’s Law: Stop Allowing Highly Prejudicial Claims Against Murder Victims Without Evidence
    https://www.change.org/petitions/create-travis-alexander-s-law-stop-allowing-highly-prejudicial-claims-against-murder-victims-without-evidence
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Support-for-Travis-Alexanders-Law/338392786261416

  3. Sue on May 10, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Yeah, I haven’t read one story about this tramp’s conviction and how it was for an extreme form of domestic violence.

  4. Feminist_Nullificationist on May 9, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Vice President Biden has called the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) “his baby,” but Biden should be ashamed, not proud, of his misandric piece of gender feminist, legislation, which excuses and rewards women’s domestic violence against men, thereby fueling more domestic violence against men by women.

    V.P. Biden recently called violence against women, “the very worst abuse.” The very worst abuse is valuing one life less than another for having been born the wrong sex, or the wrong age. Under Biden’s Violence Against Women Act the wrong sex is men and the wrong age group is children. Shelter and services are virtually non-existent for male victims of domestic violence (and in some cases men and their children) so those options out of a bad relationship, that are routinely available to women, are very often not available to men. Men wind up gender profiled and often falsely accused by the taxpayer funded, domestic violence industry, because of gender feminist ideology controlling the domestic violence industry. Men are often battered by domestic violence, and then battered again by the taxpayer funded, domestic violence industry as shown in “Witch+Hunting Males” at Youtube.

    • Shaikh Abdul Hameed on June 25, 2013 at 12:38 AM

      funny thing is we as men are more receptive to being victims of violent crime and etc. than women, yet there is no specific protection act to protect us

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