Many charities have been told that they must extend their counselling and outreach services to men because of new equality laws which require local authorities to ensure that services do not discriminate on grounds of sex.
Fiona Mactaggart, the former Home Office minister, said an “unintended consequence” of the law has meant some domestic violence services have lost grants or contracts for refusing to do so.
She said: “There are some local authorities who interpret equalities to mean that a refuge has to provide for men, not only for women.
“There are some stupidnesses developing in the system that nobody intended.”
Indeed. There are excellent reasons why women’s shelters are women-only. Some women are so badly abused that the mere presence of any male around them sends them into a panic. That’s not to say male victims of domestic violence and abuse – don’t laugh; this is a real problem – don’t deserve help. They do. Just not in the same shelters. It’s not rocket science. Why can’t governments grasp such simple commonsensical concepts?
Rebecca asks: Why not file a complaint with a human rights council against the abuse victims, who are clearly discriminating against men in this case? That’s only marginally stupider than all kinds of cases that actually appear before HRCs.by