Feminism has become “a legitimator of penalty in an era of declining faith in criminal punishment,” says a former defense attorney in a paper arguing that the #MeToo movement has unwittingly strengthened a justice system that is overly punitive and racially imbalanced.
Experts say a drop in domestic violence statistics may mask an underreported problem that has likely worsened during the pandemic, as many victims are focus more on trying to meet basic needs than stopping abusers.
Domestic extremists are older than the average gang member, much more likely to be married, have college experience, and be adept with social media, reports a National Institute of Justice study. They are less likely to be from poverty backgrounds and are overwhelmingly male.
The COVID-19 pandemic led to a 7.5 percent increase in calls to the police to report domestic violence during March, April and May of this year, according to a report from the Council on Criminal Justice.
Evidence showing 36 percent of mass shootings were carried out by men with histories of spousal violence suggests that gender-oriented violence prevention needs to start early, write two psychologists specializing in traumatic stress.
The authors of the University of Texas study focused on Dallas Police Department incident reports before and after the city’s shelter-in-place order. But they cautioned the data did not support tying the abuse “solely” to the pandemic-caused lockdown.
The United Nations Population Fund said woman “trapped at home” by coronavirus lockdowns are at increasing risk from domestic abuse. The agency estimated that for every three months the quarantine continues, there will be an additional 15 million extra cases of gender-based violence.