The problem identified by the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science was that the MBC’s Duluth philosophy was unhelpfully narrow. It ideologically discarded any contributing factors to the perpetrator’s crimes other than his gender.
30 per cent of family violence victims being ignored
In their own words, this is what the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science (CFBS) concluded:
The family violence service sector….responds almost exclusively to adult female victims (and dependent children) and adult male perpetrators of intimate partner violence. This approach misses at least 30 per cent of family violence situations.
..the Centre for Social Justice, Beyond Violence report (2012) noted a similar problem saying:
The ‘patriarchy, power and control’ analysis remains more or less intact despite its incompatibility with emerging findings about domestic abuse.
People are afraid of contradicting feminist thinking
Dr Elizabeth A Bates, a Senior Lecturer in Applied Psychology at University of Cumbria told me that people are afraid to contradict feminist orthodoxy. She said: Politically I think within the UK there is a fear of contradicting the feminist work and so even if the body of evidence continues that challenges it, it’s a wider issue that needs addressing first. I think (politically as well) that services and funding going to help male victims is perceived as taking away from female victims which is so frustrating!