Domestic Violence is always a tricky subject for men and fathers. Though it is a fact that men are also victims of domestic violence, it is under-reported and hard to track actual cases and statistics. Obama’s got a figure for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, saying that “one in four women and one in thirteen men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.” I’d bet that the number for men is higher – because men don’t consider being slapped or pushed as an act of domestic violence. And if a man were to call the police after being slapped by a woman, I’m sure the first question would be “what did you do to get slapped?”
In any event, Mike Snyder-Barker has an interesting run-down on the Daily Telegram about how fathers can help reduce domestic violence. The beginning of the article is kind of the standard DV talk of “don’t beat your wife in front of your kids.” Okay, check. Got it.
EDIT*: Adding clarification of my complaint at the end.
It’s a sad fact that your normal, everyday father could be made to feel like a pervert in a day and age where we spend so much time talking about personal freedoms.
Chris White was with shopping with his daughter at the Braehead Shopping Centre in Glasgow, Scotland and stopped for some ice cream. White took a picture of his four year old daughter Hazel with his phone and uploaded the photo to Facebook. That’s when a Braehead security guard approached White and questioned him. White explained that he thought he was doing nothing illegal by taking a picture of his own daughter. The guard insisted that he delete the photos from his phone, to which White answered that they’d already been uploaded to Facebook. So, naturally, the guard called the police.