May 15, 2015
VALIDITY OF THE WAR ON WOMEN?

Forty years of research in the field of domestic violence reveals that the general conclusions included below should be a top  priority in the  
United States. Detailed proof and factual information is contained in my completed but not yet  published book on domestic violence and
divorce. The book will be introduced on this web site and hopefully will be the subject of meaningful and rational discussions.

The main thrust of my findings shows that protecting women from domestic violence and abuse is a noble and attainable goal. However, the
 
1994 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) introduced and supported by then
Senators Clinton and  Biden  failed miserably, with no accountability for its lack of success. Had the federal government done its due diligence
 
it could have determined that the USDOJ Office for Women (OVW) administered and developed the programs based on radical feminist
ideology and approach, wasting billions of tax dollars on doomed policies and procedures. In 2015 as in previous years, press and television
articles still label domestic violence as an epidemic. Experts now compare domestic violence to a "plague". Sounds like the wasted money the
federal government spent fighting the war on poverty and the war on drugs!

Cathy Young was absolutely on target when she questioned the validity of the “war on women” as portrayed by radical feminists  in her book
 
Ceasefire!: Why Women and Men Must Join Forces to Achieve True Equality."
I don’t think Young meant to include male politicians like President Obama, VP Biden and most Republicans who promoted and supported the
 
reauthorization of VAWA in 2013 without measurable safeguards and/or credible proof that the approach works in eliminating violence against
women.

Another major revelation of my research and statistics is that 77% of domestic violence cases are in the form of allegations handled as
 
complaints requesting  restraining orders in the judicial process. About 99% of the restraining orders sought are granted by judges and the
average number of retraining orders in the U.S. every year is about 2 million. The shear number of restraining orders granted may be
construed as an epidemic but the public is unaware that these restraining orders are granted like "halloween" candy and arbitrarily doled out
without due process  in a court system that is seriously flawed and in dire need of total reform.

Unless USDOJ/OVW policies and procedures as well as the judicial process in each state are separately reformed, elimination of or reduction
 
in violence against women is almost impossible.

THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM IS SO FLAWED THAT IT IS FALSE
TO ASSUME THAT RESTRAINING ORDERS WILL PROTECT WOMEN!

VAWA'S POLICIES AND APPROACH ARE FAILING SO BADLY THAT THE WAR
ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN HAS BECOME RIDICULOUSLY INEFFECTIVE!

My book and its solutions seemingly appear to be a war on women. Don't be fooled, it's an honest and all out attempt to eliminate violence
against women, men and more importantly to prevent violence to and abuse of our children. Violence is far to prevalent in our society.
Slippery Slope Mistakes

  • The war on drugs was a failure and cost us billions of tax dollars. Drug overdose and suicides is at an
    epidemic level and we are paying a heavy cost for drug addicts and babies born addicted.

  • The 50-year war on poverty did not fare any better. Poverty is still rampant. Thank God that senators
    Obama and Biden's bill to eliminate Global Poverty in 2008 never got traction. The cost probably would
    have been prohibitive and ineffective. We can't even win the war on poverty in the U.S.

  • After two decades and billions of tax dollars the war to stop violence against women waged under the
    banner of VAWA has not had much success. The approach used was taken from the book on radical
    feminist ideology. Many of the factors affecting domestic violence  were ignored and women were not
    protected. In order to achieve the noble goal of protecting women, the approach as well as the policies
    adopted need to be revamped. The judicial system  that handles the restraining orders must also undergo
    drastic reform. Otherwise, protection of women from domestic violence is doomed to failure. A restraining
    order has never prevented  murders, suicides or physical confrontations and insidious assaults.

VAWA is now attempting to integrate a GLOBAL VAWA  (IVAWA). Such a move would definitely change the
dynamics and statistics of the war to stop the violence against women and would require a greater infusion of tax
dollars, contrary to what supporters say. On a global  level the ratio of abused women would probably go from
1 of 5 to 1 of 3. How can we resolve the issue globally when VAWA has failed to resolve domestic violence
problems in the United States? I-VAWA is a move similar  to the Global War on Poverty bill that was justifiably
defeated in 2008.

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KEY DEFINITIONS

VAWA...Violence Against Women Act
(authorized by Congress
in 1994 and reauthorized in 2013)

OVW.....Office on Violence Against Women
funded by VAWA
(Agency in US Department of Justice)
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