Saturday, September 09, 2006

Scottish program to spy on private homes

UK news about closed circuit television:
CCTV will be installed at the homes of abused wives to protect them from violent partners, as part of a council scheme to protect vulnerable families.

The 12-month Safe As Houses pilot project, to be launched later this year, will give families the option of having the security measures such as CCTV, solid core doors, reinforced window and door frames, extra locks and bolts and external mailboxes installed.
This is in a country that does not allow its citizens to own guns or to use deadly force to defend themselves in their homes.

A reader cites this study that men are more likely to be victims:
DURHAM, N.H. -- A 32-nation study of violence against dating partners by university partners found that about a third had been violent, and most incidents of partner violence involve violence by both the man and woman, according to Murray Straus, founder and co-director of the Family Research Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire. The second largest category was couples where the female partner was the only one to carry about physical attacks, not the male partner.

Straus' new research also found that dominance by the female partner is even more closely related to violence by women than is male dominance. These results call into question the widely held belief that partner violence is primarily a male crime and that when women are violent it is self defense.
The Scottish program is only for women who claim abuse, and is only to entrap men.

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