I missed something in japete’s comments today. When talking about domestic violence policing, Joan said
But since my city is the home of the “Duluth Model” in dealing with domestic abuse, there is a coordinated community response involving all agencies. The first thing that happens is that L.E. arrests the offender immediately to get the woman out of danger. Then the system takes over. It seems like a fair system to me.
I assumed that the Duluth Model was simply the “Arrest whoever hit someone” method that most cops use today. As another blogger pointed out to me, WRONG!!
According to the Duluth Model, “women and children, and some men are vulnerable to violence because of their unequal social, economic, and political status in society.”
The Duluth Model is based on a strict “violence is patriarchal” model, and assumes that all domestic violence in the home and elsewhere is perpetrated by men on women victims. The model focuses on the men’s use of violence in abusive relationships, rather than on the behavior of all parties concerned. This helps the men to focus on changing their personal behavior in order to be nonviolent in any relationship. The Duluth Model originated the Duluth Power and Control Wheel.
So the Duluth model is actually a codification of the sexist belief that if there is a problem, the man is at fault. I guess that explains why Joan keeps insisting that there are few, if any female domestic abusers. Pardon the language here, but it seems that the Duluth Model can be summarized as follows.
If he has a dick, he’s wrong.