An interesting piece posted yesterday:
I’ve left a number of comment (the first is #41) and invite you to do likewise.
As Ally points out the media reporting of this survey missed the main points, that it confirms the long term trends are down in all types of “abuse”. And that in any year it is experienced by few of us. A number did point out 700,000 men are abused each year. No the papers trumpeted a statistically illiterate headline that 30% of women will be abused( some mentioning 16% of men will be). Much reporting conflated violence with “abuse” . So the media slides into the narrative of the DV industry, which would not want people to know that Domestic Abuse has been falling since the mid nineties and this in spite of a growth in the number of behaviours included in “abuse” . One might think the “industry” would want to trumpet this success and claim some role in it. But then their funding relies on generation of moral panic and statistical untruths so they can’t .
Hence the importance of challenging Newsnight and others when they give an unchallenged platform to people so willing to distort. Well done JFM&B
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