I came back from LA Monday morning with a dead laptop, due to an unfortunate accident involving the spillage of a very small quantity of coffee. (Why don’t computer manufacturers do a better job with protective covers or skins for keyboards if they’re that fragile?) Because of that, and a bit of a crunch related to Obama’s upcoming trip to Moscow, I have yet to do a write-up on the domestic violence conference (all I can say is, it was a great event).
For those interested, here are several reports from Glenn Sacks:
‘Many female perpetrators are put in battered women’s shelters instead of batterers’ treatment programs’
‘Nobody will deal with violent couples, only men’
‘I asked abusive men’s wives if they’d been violent and got a lot of grief for it from the DV establishment’
Batterers’ treatment provider: ‘Nothing makes the therapeutic relationship more difficult than disrespect’
‘The violence really began in our family about 10 days after Ruth realized that she had all the power’
I’m currently in LA for a fascinating conference on family violence, “From Ideology to Inclusion,” which examines alternatives to conventional feminist views of domestic violence. (Glenn Sacks of Fathers & Families is here, and we’re getting along fine.) The event is fascinating, especially the first speaker I got to hear, Erin Pizzey.
More later — I will be writing about this one.