Dr. Leslie Tutty, speaker invited to the Alberta FV Roundtable pre-meeting,
May 6th, 2004
Dr. Leslie Tutty - Professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the
University of Calgary and Academic Research Coordinator for RESOLVE Alberta.
Dr. Tutty's research has focused on prevention and interventions in family
violence, including evaluations of shelters and support groups for abused
women, treatment for adult and child victims of sexual abuse, and groups for
men who abuse partners.
RESEARCH AND EDUCATION FOR SOLUTIONS TO VIOLENCE AND ABUSE
Volume 2 Number 4 Page#5 December 2000
Leslie Tutty noted that, as a society, we seem to prefer black and
white perspectives. As such, two myths are currently promoted about
intimate partner violence. The first is that it is only men that are
violent and women are always the victims. There is clearly evidence that
women partners can be abusive to men, particularly when considering
emotional abuse. There is little
research on the nature of female violence,
a gap that often leaves men hiding their victimization or feeling
ashamed because males have been socialized to be strong.
The second myth is that men and
women are equally violent. The
research evidence of this is based solely on that conducted using the
Conflict Tactic Scales developed by Murray Straus. In numerous studies
across North America, including Canada, women admit to committing as
many violent acts as men do. However, other research shows that women are much more likely to admit
to these problems than men are.
Further the experience of
front-line workers such as counsellors and police suggests that women
outnumber men victims by about ten to one.
In summary, Dr. Tutty
suggests that we need to shift our thinking that only men are violent,
but not by concluding that the genders are equally abusive.
bother feminist advocacy researchers, not even if they contradict themselves
within the same paragraph. Sorry, Dr. Tutty, but you can't have it
both ways, claim that, "There is little research on the nature of female
violence," and that, "In numerous studies across North America,
including Canada, women admit to committing as many violent acts as men
The objective reality is that
there are numerous studies that
identify that women are as or slightly more likely to abuse their
male partners than the converse and that men are far less likely than
women are to report being abused. Moreover, a good number
of studies identifies that men are somewhat more likely to admit being
abusive to women than the converse. Why should that not be so?
Men don't ever get to live their mistakes down, while the generous
nature of men not only leads them to ignore abusive behaviour by women
towards men but soon to forget about it if it occurs.
That is most definitely
not a myth.
The absolute truth
is that women are as or slightly more violent to their male partners
than the converse. See also: References Examining Assaults by Women on their Spouses or
Male Partners: An Annotated
Bibliography, by Martin S. Fiebert , Department of Psychology, California State
University, Long Beach.
Not true! Research
shows that men are far less likely than women are to report being abused
and more likely than women to admit being abusive.
Famous last words by
feminist advocacy researchers: "The experience of front-line workers
such as counsellors and police suggests..." With such assertions
all objective research can then safely be discarded. The
"experiences" of front line workers are notoriously biased. That
is why respectable and reputable social researchers never
base their findings on reports by "front line workers."
A search of the Internet for <"Leslie
Tutty" abuse women> will provide you with about 147 search returns containing links to articles, books and quotes by
Leslie Tutty that show men as abusers of women or children.
A search of the Internet for <"Leslie
"men"> will provide you with about 102 search
returns containing links to articles, books and quotes by Leslie Tutty that
provide information on men as abusers of women and children and on what men need
to do to end being such bad people.
Mind you, battered husbands are not being completely ignored by Dr. Tutty.
Internet searches for <"Leslie
Tutty" "battered women"> and for <"Leslie
Tutty" "battered men"> provide 39 and 3 links respectively.
One of the latter three
links leads to this commentary:
Health Canada, under the leadership of
an extremely incompetent and father-unfriendly minister named Alan Rock
(the man who brought us unfair
child support legislation, reintroduced
the biases of the family law, and actively campaigned against shared
parenting while the Minister of Justice) has received considerable
criticism because 100% of their budget for family violence is spent on
women exclusively, and much through the most anti-family of the Canadian
groups. Stung by criticism, Health Canada put out a literature study,
available in PDF format, named Husband Abuse: An Overview of Research and Perspectives which
was prepared by Leslie Tutty for the Family Violence Prevention Unit,
Health Canada in 1999. I suspect that Ms. Tutty did not choose to ignore
the mounds of Canadian and international material, and [they] are
often alluded too. However, this report dismisses such material in its
conclusions, and instead relied considerably on non-factual material put
out by gender-biased groups [a.k.a. notoriously biased "front line
workers" WHS]. The conclusion? Male victims may exist but they are
few and far between, especially as compared to the financial needs of
the women's groups. As Tutty points out:
In contrast , those who argue that the relative risk of husband
abuse is significantly less than that of wife assault tend to come
from a feminist perspective . From this view, because men in our
society are seen as having more power than women, aggressive
behaviours by women against men in couple relationships must be seen
differently from mens violence toward women .
It is [quite] clear who is pulling the purse strings in this study.
That cannot under the best of circumstances be considered a balanced
approach to social research pertaining to family violence, but it is without a
doubt an approach that is very profitable for Leslie Tutty.
Dr. Tutty should fit in well with the FV Roundtable, whose objective it is
to raise awareness and fear about
the relatively trivial
"problem" of family violence, thereby to maintain the flow of funding
for the women's shelter industry and related programs for women.
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