Draft letters to MPs

RE: The varied impacts of changes in policing policy in your constituency – our service appears no longer needed. June 2013

Wellingborough      male vic        f male vic             Male arrest         female arrest

2003 – 2004                         599         816                         0                              0

2004 – 2005                         599         816                         0                              0

2005-2006                            608         912                         233                         79

2009 -10                               56           258                         235                         39

2010 -11                               46           233                         226                         29

2011 -12                               64           231                         181                         32

Our own work with domestic abusers – both men and women, since 1995 – is still very much sailing against the NorDAF wind, blown by a Women’s Aid trumpet which paraphrased is: men are the problem,  men are responsible for all violence, the only thing for a woman to do is leave because violent men will not change! Against this in 2006  the Northamptonshire police were called to 4,700 cases where a man was the victim, and 6,200 cases where a woman was the victim. The figures for your own constituency are above.

In 1995 females were “responsible” for only 4.9% of DV, they are now only responsible for at least 20% of DV, or as it is now more often called inter-personal violence.

And whereas Women’s Aid now trumpet about “coercive control” – being a male only domain – a pro-feminist American professor, Michael P Johnson’s research demonstrated 7 men per thousand being ”coercive controllers” – intimate terrorists was the term he used, and 5 women per thousand being coercive controllers.  Only a very small number of the police figures above will be coercive controllers, but the proportions of those original figures for police attendance are remarkably similar!

But from 2006 onwards the Northamptonshire police policy of arresting someone whenever possible now means that in your area “7/10” men to whom they are now called get arrested and 1 in 4 women. This has no doubt born a great deal of budget saving fruit, but perhaps at the expense of some very disgruntled men!

Providing a safe place, a refuge, during times of crisis is obviously sensible. Encouraging / forcing separation, again according to Johnson’s figures, leads to an exponential increase in “coercive control / intimate terrorism involving up to 22% of separated men and 4.9%  of separated women. i.e it creates not far short of a “war zone”.  Why is that? Well, if men are prepared to give their lives for their country might they not also be prepared to fight very hard to keep all that is near and dear to them?  Would we not expect any animal to fight very hard to protect it’s offspring?

Be that as it may, our recruitment in Northamptonshire has fallen to such a low level now that no further regular service is viable and the few people that now seek the service could attend in Birmingham or North London, both within an hour’s drive or train journey from Northampton.

We would be pleased if you would inform anyone attending your surgeries needing this service of that fact.

With best wishes,

David Eggins

PS An amazingly misrepresentative article of male violence appeared in the Daily Mail. Article and comment linked

Letter to the Chronicle and Echo, Kettering 31st December 2012

Domestic Violence

Dear Sirs,

We should like to congratulate the Northamptonshire police on the effectiveness of their arrest policy. In 2004-005 the Kettering police were called out 724 times to a female victim.and 493 times to a male victim. They arrested virtually nobody.  In 2005-6 they were called respectively to 803  female victims  and 496 male victims  and arrested, as far as one can tell, 79 women and 195 men.

In 2011-12 they were called to 273 female victims and arrested (presumably) 163men and were called to  88 male victims and arrested (presumably) 34 women. It is obviously much easier to arrest a man than a woman.


Those figures would tend to suggest that violence to woman by men has dropped to about 1 /3 of its 2005-6 levels and violence by women to men is now at about 1/6th  of the  2005-6 level.

But in an equal society why is it that “ 4 out of 5”  men are arrested and only “1 in 2” women? 

Why is it that according to NSPCC statistics girls are more at risk of abuse by their mother (more than 50% more!)  than their father and boys are more at risk of abuse by their father than their mother?

In the laudable strategy of “preventing violence to women and girls”  girls are “left” with their mother, and boys are separated from her!

David Eggins


Working effectively with abusers, both males and females