Criminal justice solutions that were purported to address gendered violence have only made matters worse for many women.Says who? Well, Aviah Day, who is apparently a lecturer in criminology at Birkbeck, University of London. So she must know her stuff?
Sadiq Khan’s response to the Sabina Nessa case has been to revive proposals to make misogyny a hate crime, but we already have laws against harassment and assault, and they have done nothing to stem gendered violence. What’s more, the additional police powers and longer sentences that promised to tackle gendered violence have backfired spectacularly – women are being criminalised by the same measures that were introduced to protect them.
Ummm, how so?
In recent decades responses to domestic violence have favoured carceral (prison) over community solutions resulting in a rise in women being locked up.
Ah! But...surely they will only be locked up if they've done something wrong? Very wrong, since the tag 'pussy pass' exists on the blog for good reason?
My own research has found that the increased presence of police in women’s lives has made it more likely they will be arrested, through perpetrators manipulating the system...
Eh..? How are they doing that, then? Surely she couldn't mean that men are pointing out the times they were attacked, and expecting equal justice? No! Perish the thought...
...or police targeting women for unrelated matters such as immigration enforcement.
Ah, you mean 'doing their job'..?
A 2018 freedom of information request found that more than half of all police forces in England and Wales have a record of arresting domestic and sexual violence survivors who have insecure immigration status.
By 'insecure immigration status', does she really mean 'women who shouldn't be in the country at all', perchance?
Women should be allowed the right to protest against this system – a right that the “kill the bill” movement is fighting to preserve in the face of the extraordinary police powers proposed in the police, crime, sentencing and courts bill – and should fight for a transition to education and community-based solutions.
Because they've worked so well with other crimes, and with mental illness?
Only then can we end the cycle of violence.
You'll never end the cycle of violence. It's inherent in humanity. Better you spend your time educating women to check out their partner's criminal history before shacking up with him.