Women can be guilty of domestic abuse as well as men

A letter from Mr RL:

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 7:30 am
Updated Thursday, 25th March 2021, 3:56 pm
Letter to the editor

Recently I wrote to a number of MLAs, including our Justice Minister, Naomi Long

In light of her plan to have the assembly discuss domestic violence, I wrote to highlight the fact that some women are also guilty of perpetrating abuse in the home.

We live in a society that seems to take comfort in the mistaken belief that abuse in the pastime of men only. Anyone who searches the internet however will quickly see the awful statistics and read heart-breaking accounts of abuse carried out by women on their husbands, partners and even their children.

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I personally know three men whose marriages failed because of abuse. Two of the three came close to suicide because they felt that no one would believe them. One man spoke of how his wife used to come home after a night of drinking to abuse him ... and physically assault their children!

Passing a new law may give Naomi Long favourable publicity but this flawed legislation will not protect men, or even children, against women abusers.

Minister: In your position, you are supposed to defend everyone because that is justice.

Mr RL, Carrickfergus

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