Questions Posted to "Ask a Dispatcher"
Q. Your latest blog entry has a complete "women are the victim" slant on domestic violence. Thanks for keeping the stereotype alive!!!
Dear Juneau Resident,
There is certainly no intent to put an unfair slant on domestic violence. JPD goes to a wide variety of domestic violence calls. We have seen in person that anyone can be the perpetrator of domestic violence and anyone can be the victim.
JPD has experience with mother-daughter assaults, mother-son assaults, brother-sister assaults, boyfriend-boyfriend assaults and girlfriend-girlfriend assaults, to name just a few combinations. If you can think of a relationship covered by the domestic violence laws, Juneau has probably had a case involving such a relationship.
The demographics of the participants are not an indicator of domestic violence. A relationship where issues of power and control are played out using violence and/or the threat of violence is what makes a relationship a domestic violence relationship.
It is fair to say that the statistics that are available show that women make up the majority of victims. No one is claiming that current statistics capture the whole picture because so many incidents are not reported. If you know men who are victims, they should be supported and encouraged to report assaults and threats of assault. Those men should also get support in leaving unhealthy relationships.