As a first line of safety the police are often called to a domestic fracas, either by someone who is being abused or by neighbours, children or other family members.
Historically the police have had very little use for perpetrator programmes for men. ACPO – The Association for Chief Police Officers found very little to support them in their publication in 2009. Doubtless their reasons will have been “cost” and very, very poor completion statistics of the mainline projects all focused on “power and control”, and gendered according to radical feminist beliefs.
In many areas the police have been required to arrest someone – i.e. to effectively separate the couple. They may have been aware about who was mainly responsible but, with the underlying beliefs that women often look after children better than men and that men are less complaining than women, they tend to arrest the man and cart him off for a night in the cells, guilty or not. This was what we found when we “researched” the changes from the start of the new policy
The statistics demonstrated very clearly that for every 7 call outs to a female victim there were 5 call outs to a male victim. That proportion changed quite dramatically once the “arrest someone” practice became embedded. People learnt and responded accordingly. But the most likely scenario is that a couple both wanted the partner – but without the violence.
Northampton Police pre-arrest statistics and post arrest statistics – abstracted from FOI info.
Northampton male vic f male vic Male arrest female arrest
2003 – 2004 1228 2051 2 0
2004 – 2005 1228 2051 2 0
2005-2006 1777 2704 535 186
2009 -10 208 836 764 123
2010 -11 210 879 792 116
2011 -12 213 867 566 97