Mission: Find domestic violence against women

If the mission is to find domestic violence against women, then domestic violence against women must and will be found. Janet Reimer (a former Edmonton mayor) and other representatives of Alberta women’s shelter organizations appear to pursue another revival of the Super Bowl Battering Hoax from the 1990s.

Mission accomplished: domestic violence against women was fond.  That is used for another Revival of the Super Bowl Battering Hoax

Another Revival of the Super Bowl Battering Hoax

Mission accomplished: domestic violence against women was fond. True or not, it is duly celebrated and used for another Revival of the Super Bowl Battering Hoax.

The Super Bowl Battering Hoax

A 1994 commentary on domestic violence against women, as manifested by the Super Bowl Battering Hoax from the 1990s states:

“…the Super Bowl “statistic” will be with us for a while, doing its divisive work of generating fear and resentment. In the book ‘How to Make the World a Better Place for Women in Five Minutes a Day’, a comment under the heading “Did You Know?” informs readers that “Super Bowl Sunday is the most violent day of the year, with the highest reported number of domestic battering cases.” How a belief in that misandrist canard can make the world a better place for women is not explained.” —Christina Hoff Sommers, ‘The New Mythology‘, June 27, 1994

Three decades later, Christina Hoff Sommers’ prediction is once more proven correct.  The concerns expressed by the four social justice warriors in the November 18, 2018 Post Media article in the Edmonton Journal did not address whether Calgary hospital admissions due to injuries contracted in domestic violence against women incidents follow the indicated trends in correlation. 

The report celebrated by Janet Reimer and cohort

The report presents no facts that indicate the relative proportions of male and female domestic violence victims.  Apparently, we are to swallow the unsubstantiated and non-specific suggestion that calls to DV hotlines represent exclusively female victims better than hospital admissions do, but the list in the report that the concerns expressed refer to is spell-binding:

• During the 10-day-long Calgary Stampede, domestic violence calls on the seventh, ninth and tenth day of Stampede, were up 15 per cent compared to an average day.
• Weekends and summer months were also generally associated with the highest rates of domestic violence reports in Calgary.
• Calls were higher only when the Stampeders faced off against the rival Edmonton Eskimos – with a 15 per cent increase in domestic violence reports.
• Grey Cup games in which Calgary played were associated with a 40 per cent increase in reports of domestic violence.
• Games played by the Calgary Flames seemed to have no relationship to domestic violence calls, even those against the rival Edmonton team.
• New Year’s Day appears to be associated with a significant spike in domestic violence, going by a four-year count of phone calls reporting domestic violence to both police and a local help line for those experiencing domestic and sexual abuse.
• Good Friday, Easter, Canada Day, Labour Day, Valentine’s Day and Halloween.
• The 2013 catastrophic floods in Calgary resulted in an increase in reports of domestic violence to police and the Connect help line, averaging an additional 6.6 reported incidents of domestic violence per day during the flood, 14 per cent higher than average.
• A correlation was also found in Calgary between the fall in oil prices and the rise in calls, with every US$10 fall in the price of West Texas Intermediate resulting in an extra call for help every two days.

The report contains recommendations:

• Recognizing possible contributing factors and finding ways to counteract their effect.
• Identifying these correlates is the first step to prevention.
• New places to look, based on these results, are highly charged Stampeder football games, the Calgary Stampede, weekends, summer months and certain holidays.

The report states:

“Based on the study results, the authors recommend increasing publically funded childcare and affordable family outings; working with sporting organizations to better educate and support gender equity, healthy relationship skills and bystander skills; increasing training in social and emotional learning for parents and families; and conducting further research on the role of alcohol in domestic violence.”

Sophia Boutilier, Ali Jadidzadeh, Elena Esina,
Lana Wells and Ron Kneebone
University of Calgary
The School of Public Policy Publications

In other words, when seeking to reduce domestic violence against women, however infinitesimal the reduction sought may be, violence against men is of no concern, but re-educating the public to reduce violence against women is an important first step of paramount importance, time and again, to the exclusion of all concerns relating to other, more pressing issues.

That is social activism in action.


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