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Battered Women Shelters — Index 

Women's shelters  are receiving a lot of support through our governments.  Our politicians want to make sure that they don't go against the sentiments that the general public became indoctrinated with through an all-out campaign garnering sympathy for the plight of the legions of women who are victims of "male brutality".   Some of the heterophobic feminists making a living of women's shelters went so far as likening the alleged epidemic of violence against women to the Nazi-holocaust.  Erin Pizzey, founder of the first modern battered women's shelter in the world, now describes the shelters as bunkers in the gender war, from whose safety family-hostile feminists direct the vilification of men in the planned destruction of our families.
    Our politicians and government agencies fall over themselves to provide funding to battered women's shelters.  The funding for women's shelters in Canada is at least $90 million per year, $9 million per year in Alberta alone, much of it going to the scandal-ridden WIN House (Women in Need), and that is just the funding out of tax revenues.  Nobody but the women's shelter managers knows how much the total funding is that comes out of private sources (e.g.: United Way).
    Then there are the volunteer efforts of private citizens who devote their time and efforts to support the shelters, to the point where the shelters are literally filled to the point of overflow with donated goods.  Yet, Arlene Chapman, the coordinator for shelter services in Alberta, complains: "There's not a lot of support for women's services in Alberta…," and blames the scandals in Alberta's women's shelters on the Government.  She is reported as having said that the difficulties that feminist social services encountered in recent years are to be blamed on government indifference (National Post, "Battered Shelters" by Donna Laframboise, November 14, 1998).
     We don't admit how many men are being murdered by their wives.   Judicial statistics count only murder convictions, and women have a good chance of being found not guilty when they murder their husbands.  Contract killings aren't counted in the number of men murdered by their wives, nor does it stand to reason that all spousal murders perpetrated by women are even detected, let alone brought to trial or even punished.  One of the favorite weapons of women who murder their "loved ones" is poison, and poison murders routinely go undetected.       Although at least more than one third of spousal murder victims are male, there is only one single, lone battered men's shelter in Alberta.  That shelter is run by WIN House.  The extent of the space made available there for men in need of shelter from violence by their spouses is comprised of two beds.   Those two beds are available to men only if they are not needed for women.  Men who go there may find escape from the violence of their spouses but learn new lessons when they are there.  They have to attend counseling for anger management!
    The only shelters that are truly openly and readily available for men are our jails.  But where do men flee when when not only they but also their children experienced violence by their spouses and are in danger of receiving even more?
    So, what is it that catches our attention about battered women's shelters?

See also:

  • DVStats.org a search engine, aggregating research that examines the impact and extent of domestic violence upon male victims.

    The primary purpose of the site is to shift public perceptions of such violence away from political ideology, and instead toward objectively verifiable scientific research.

2001 01 29 (format changes)
2003 02 12 (added reference to a report on a woman's violent death at a women's shelter)