Tuesday, September 23, 2008

"ONE MILLION People Falsely Accused of Domestic Violence EACH YEAR"

I just received this from a nonprofit called RADAR (Respecting Accuracy in Domestic Abuse Reporting):

Tuesday, September 16, Wendy Flanders of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, was convicted of making false claims of domestic violence and for committing perjury in a child custody hearing.

Ben Vonderheide, the target of the charges, explained he had been subjected to more than 40 false allegations over the past six years, including charges of domestic violence, harassment, and even the kidnapping of his own son.

"All I wanted was for Wendy Flanders to get help, and stop behaving in these awful ways, destroying her life and ours. " Vonderheide revealed. "I'm overwhelmingly happy for the fathers down the road who may not have to go to jail, for the children who are going to know their fathers, and love their fathers."

Ben Vonderheide is just one of the one million(!) (See Note 20 on p. 12) persons who are falsely accused of domestic violence each year. 

In order to stop the wave of false allegations, the theme of the 2008 Domestic Violence Awareness Month is "False Claims Hurt True Victims: Fix VAWA Now!"

(VAWA is the Joe Biden-sponsored Violence Against Women Act, which excludes male victims of domestic violence and makes it easy for wives to use false domestic violence claims against their husbands as a way of getting more desirable settlements in divorce cases.)

RADAR has prepared a flyer to hand out at political rallies, meetings, or other meetings. The flyer can be found here: http://www.mediaradar.org/docs/RADARflyer-DVAM2008.pdf

To learn more the problem of spurious charges, we invite you to read RADAR's Special Report, "A Culture of False Allegations: How VAWA Harms Families and Children:" http://www.mediaradar.org/docs/RADARreport-VAWA-A-Culture-of-False-Allegations.pdf

Ben Vonderheide's battle cost over $350,000 in legal expenses. False allegations of domestic violence have become a legal and social travesty. For our children, we must work together to stop this epidemic.

R.A.D.A.R. – Respecting Accuracy in Domestic Abuse Reporting – is a non-profit, non-partisan organization of men and women working to improve the effectiveness of our nation's approach to solving domestic violence. http://www.mediaradar.org


Anonymous said...

Yikes! $350,000 in fees! A million people each year. Who knew? Thanks for spotlighting this little-known phenonmenon and raising the consciousness of all of us.

Anonymous said...

Your report says "domestic violence industry often makes dishonest claims that "women are safer in the streets that(sic) they are in their own homes". With figures such as: 63% of homicides occur in a dwelling where 69% of women are killed by an intimate partner or family member, and 81% of female victims of assault know their offender with 42% of assaults happening in a dwelling, and that 66% of sexual assaults occure in a dwelling with 84% of female victims having some form of relationship with their offender. Why is it a dishonest claim?

Your report says, "found DV allegations were made in 55% of the cases, 59% which could not be substantiated as true" Looking at the reference No. 51 Family Court Review, other studies cited show that: 49% of allegations from mothers against fathers were perceived to be likely with 33% to be unlikely. If we compare these figures of allegations made by fathers about mothers, we find that 42% were perceived to be likely with 41% to be unlikely. These figures actually show us that fathers were deemed to be more untruthful in their allegations of abuse in courts! The journal article goes on further to cite an Ontario 1993 study that showed the following: Social workers substantiated 27% of cases against fathers to be correct, with a further 27% suspected, only 1.3% of cases were proven to be false allegations, on the other side of the coin this report found that only 10% of allegations against mothers to be substantiated, 18% suspect and a whopping 21% malicious.

If we go on to look at the actual substantiations of the sample study of 120 families, we find that sexual abuse by fathers was substantiated at 6% compared to mothers at 3%, which makes makes twice as more likely to commit sexual abuse of their children. Of the allegations of any adult abuse fathers rates at 53% substantiated while mothers was at 27%. Again, showing that fathers false allegations in court are substantially higher than mothers allegations.

Other studies have proven that while domestic violence of a parent is happening, children are likely to be victims as well, so just because the allegations weren't substantiated against overall child abuse by the fathers, there is sufficient evidence to suggest that the abuse of children did occur, because of the high rate of violence towards the mother.

The report actually goes on to say that there is no evidence that women are more likely to make false allegations against men, therefore confirming that PAS by women is a false claim.

The report itself has a disclaimer stating that the sample of 120 is quite small and was NOT chosen at random.

That's enough for now.

Anonymous said...

Your report says, "Extensive research shows that when a couple separates, the risk of sexual and physical child abuse increases dramatically. For example, one national survey found that 7.4% of children who lived with 1 parent had ever been sexually abused, compared to 4.2% of children living with both parents."

The report cited Reference No. 57 is a report that is full of disclaimers. One of the observations made is that children who live with a parent who was sexually abused themselves may well be more 'open' to receiving information from their children about unwanted sexual touching. It emphatically states that the parent would be more open to their child and more caring to find out about the abuse. This is an excellent finding for female headed households and substantiates UNICEF's report of children who live in female headed households are more closely monitored and cared for.

The authors of this study even state that it has short-comings in "that very little information was obtained about the nature and circumstances...." etc.


Marty Nemko said...

Anonymous's mountain of numbers doesn't obviate the point of my post: that there is a million people falsely accused of domestic violence each year.

Marty Nemko said...

There are so many advantages of two-parent households, I can't understand why Anonymous would use one statement in 1 little study to use that as a powerful argument for female-headed households.

Anonymous Female said...

I will have to delve more into this when it is not so late. I have a loved one who has been falsely accused by his ex-wife of sexually abusing their child. This has been going on for a number of years. He has been steadfastly fighting the charges, and thankfully, has a great attorney.

I will definitely be passing this on. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I'm living through this nightmare right now. I don't know the real stats but I was falsely accused and pretty much had no recourse. You really are guilty until proven innocent which never happens because there is usually no evidence, only she says.

Anonymous said...

I have been threatened in the past. As a result, I secretly installed hidden surveillance cameras. I would ensure that any fight we had in the home would be in one of the rooms equipped with the cameras. I kept cameras out of the bathrooms and did not direct them towards our bed.

I feel much safer knowing that I will be able to proove my innocence.

I want to stage an amature filmed, false accusation that would show the World that US police will arrest a man who has only been accused. Possibly call it "No Proof Necessary".

The man and woman in the relationship would be actors. The actor woman would call the actual police department and claim that her boyfriend assaulted her. The actor boyfriend would have to be willing to actually go to the detainment center.

Shortly after his arrest, the actor girlfriend will call the police detainment center and claim that this was a hoax to educate others about this obvious flaw in our criminal justice system.

I would imagine that everyone involved in the educational hoax would receive fines or possibly charges for their involvement in the hoax. I would imagine that an attorney would be able to minimize the charge and/or fine.

If you ask me; it's a small price to pay to make this issue public to the World.

Marty Nemko said...

I'm not sure, but I believe you wouldn't need a staged film to prove it. I believe that it's been documented that this frequently occurs, maybe even by policy. Not sure.