Fiona Bruce's comments on violence issues only shows her views are outdated when women's violence is excused on every level. The one thing Bruce seems to purposely forget, is that violence is not a gender issue it is a social issues that effect men and women, as anyone can commit violence, be it women or men and children. To excuse violence for one gender harms everyone.
For example, since people wish to excuse women's violence there are - "REFERENCES EXAMINING ASSAULTS BY WOMEN ON THEIR SPOUSES OR MALE PARTNERS: AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY SUMMARY:" This bibliography examines 155 scholarly investigations: 126 empirical studies and 29 reviews and/or analyses, which demonstrate that women are as physically aggressive, or more aggressive, than men in their relationships with their spouses or male partners. The aggregate sample size in the reviewed studies exceeds 116,000. - Martin S. Fiebert, PhD
Now Mike Lewis, producer of the BBC1 documentary, has stated 'Fiona Bruce has no position on this personally or any official position with any charity or campaigning body working in this area - other, of course, than the position that domestic violence is a bad thing, which the BBC does not think is controversial,' he said.
Well ask yourself, if that is the case for these people, why hasn't, Mike Lewis and Fiona Bruce then done a documentary on ["Women's violence on children and violence on men".]
I can tell you if they did, every feminist groups going, would be screaming bloody murder over them doing that, but then, they at the BBC have no concerns about women's violence do they.. as they, the media's main concern is still to view women as victims and men as the abusers.
and also see: http://www.fathers.ca/uk_violence_courts.htm
Fiona Bruce, the BBC TV presenter, has become the latest target of the militant fathers movement in a furious row over a hard-hitting documentary on custody battles to be screened tomorrow.
Fathers4Justice, the pressure group which has run a controversial campaign for custody rights, accused her of having an 'axe to grind' against them because of her support for the campaign against domestic violence.
The allegations - angrily denied by the BBC - centre on a Real Story documentary fronted by Bruce, examining allegations that some activists protesting at being refused access to their children have histories of violence against their partners. It includes interviews with anonymous women whose former husbands are involved in the men's campaign.
Fathers4Justice has threatened to lodge a formal complaint against the BBC as soon as the programme is broadcast, arguing that Bruce's endorsement for campaigns run by the domestic violence charity Women's Aid mean the programme will be biased.
'My gut feeling is Fiona made it a programme about her views to do with domestic violence. I can't see how they can say she's impartial,' said Matthew O'Connor, founder of Fathers4Justice.
He claimed that after the cameras stopped, Bruce told him a close friend of hers had suffered a violent relationship and suggested he work more closely with Women's Aid. In comments on an internet forum on parenting, he goes further, claiming to have been 'verbally beaten up' by Bruce in the interview.
Speaking to The Observer, O'Connor insisted he did not count Bruce as a man-hater: 'She is married, to someone in the film industry. I don't think she is biased against men. Our concern is about the impartiality of the programme.'
The attack prompted a vigorous defence of Bruce from Mike Lewis, producer of the BBC1 documentary. 'Fiona Bruce has no position on this personally or any official position with any charity or campaigning body working in this area - other, of course, than the position that domestic violence is a bad thing, which the BBC does not think is controversial,' he said.
O'Connor said he agreed to take part in the programme after being told it would be about the family courts and the role Cafcass, of the children's guardian service, only to find himself questioned about domestic violence.
However Lewis said the programme had started out by looking at the family courts, then 'narrowed it down' to domestic violence issues and that Fathers4Justice were warned of this 24 hours before filming.
'We are not running any specific allegations about specific convictions in the programme, and anyway we go along with the Fathers4Justice line that a conviction does not mean someone could not go on to become a good and loving father,' he added.
Tensions between the fathers' movement and women's groups are growing partly because of changes due to be introduced in January under which all women involved in family court custody cases will be asked directly if their partner has been violent.
Ministers argue that putting the question will encourage frightened women to disclose abuse. Men's groups argue it may simply encourage malicious allegations, with O'Connor claiming men were now being subject to a 'Salem-like witch hunt'.
He said the group would expel anyone who brought it into disrepute, but admitted he could not guarantee none of the group's 12,000 members had violent pasts: 'We are a cross-section of society. We probably have the good the bad and the ugly. We can't do criminal record checks.
'But I am aware of people who have served time for acts of violence who now look after their children who are great fathers.'
Guardian Unlimited � Guardian Newspapers Limited 2004
Fathers Canada CommentaryMedia Sexism, and Fatherhood as a Dirty Word
While the Media and Militant Feminist still promotes it's sexism and abuse these days, and if we as a society, insist on isolating victims for special interest concern based on their gender, then our concern should at least be based on the truth, not ancient codes of Feminism and political correct malice.
Over the past few years, many letters have been written to various media personalities, politicians, and Ministry officials in government on the topic of differences in the treatment of men vs. women.
Likewise the media still routinely substitutes the words "women" for "victim" and "men" for "abuser" whenever they cover this topic. Media that openly acknowledge men as a substantial number of victims are by far the exception than the rule, even today.
Of course none of this worries the women's groups fighting to keep the 'battered husband' in the closet, and absolve those women who do abuse. And media and government is hardly knocking down any doors to change this situation either. To one extent or another they are all co-conspirators to the silence and misinformation that plagues this entire issue. And while much of this may have been attributed to ignorance some ten years ago, it is very hard to come to that conclusion today.
our justice system discriminate against men?
Being roughed up by a woman is an embarrassment few men are anxious to disclose, even to family and close friends. Which makes it all the more remarkable that a Kamloops, B.C., man has willingly revealed to the general public the details of a March 2003 incident in which he alleges his smaller, common-law wife pushed him against a wall, threw a stack of CDs at him, then began to pummel him. But Scott Crockford maintains in a written account of the incident that when he defended himself, and in the process wrenched his wife's arm, RCMP officers later charged only him.
Other Links on Violence issues
From the Canadian Children's Rights Council
HAPPY NATIONAL CHILD DAY, CANADA
What the Government of Canada wants you to believe about Canada on National Child Day
From the Government of Canada Website;
"This year�s theme, A Canada Fit for
Children, celebrates Canada�s commitment to children. On May 10, 2004, the
publication A Canada Fit for Children was released to show how Canada is
moving forward with its commitments made on May 10, 2002 at the United Nations
General Assembly Special Session on Children. It highlights the Canadian
government�s agenda and National Plan of Action for children in Canada.
Celebrate National Child Day this year by showing how Canada is fit for
Over 1 million children in Canada are being
deprived of a relationship with 1 parent in violation of a family law court
order or separation agreement and in violation of articles 7 and 8 of the U N
Convention on the Rights of the Child. The
Special Joint Committee on Custody and Access, a joint committee of members
from both the House of Commons and the Senate held country wide hearings in
1998 regarding changes to family law. Their report "For the sake of
the Children" has been virtually ignored by the Liberal government. No
meaningful change to family law is even before Parliament. See our family law
section for details.
- Over 3.2 million Canadians are denied their birthright, their correct identification on their birth records. The Supreme Court of Canada decision regarding children's identity rights has not been properly implemented or in some provinces never been implemented. The father that won this case in the Supreme Court of Canada is suing the government of the province of British Columbia for $6.3 million.
See our section on children's identity rights
American babies are being adopted out in Alberta
because that province allows adoptions without the child's father's consent.
This means that mom beats 20+ years of child support and gets rid of her
"mistake" that dad might want to raise in the same small town.