And receives a caution? A mere caution? Why? When the crime of domestic violence has been commit?
One questions such a flimsy ‘police action’. We know how far too many perpetrators of domestic violence fail to be charged, if charged at all, due, primarily to the criminal justice system’s lack of training as to how domestic violence impacts upon victims, it’s lack of training as to how perpetrators work and their inbuilt sense of ‘entitlement’ that they believe they have every ‘right’ to do as they please thinking they have commit no crimes towards their victims.
Set these contributory factors aside for just one minute and let’s acknowledge the very fact that so few domestic violence perpetrators are actually charged resulting in fewer than 10% of all estimated domestic violence crimes actually being prosecuted. This alarming fact sends out all the wrong messages to perpetrators. Perpetrators already know that the existing criminal justice system – the very system which is stacked heavily in numbers and served by the very echelons of society that David Ruffley MP moves within – is fundamentally askew in its approach to justice being administered for victims, with its concerns about ‘good’ crime statistics rendering it impotent and its inbuilt cultural ethos of generally protecting perpetrators, resulting in victims being abandoned in the processes that are akin to 200, 300 years ago and not the modern day 21st century we inhabit.
The position of being a Member of Parliament carries much responsibility, gravitas and influence. Mr Ruffley cannot remain in office administering his duties, and influencing policies and laws that impact upon law abiding citizens and domestic violence perpetrators, nor can he be permit to have influence or lobby his fellow parliamentary colleagues to define UK policies and the very laws that so dismally fail so very many domestic violence victims currently. We have a system that places the onus upon victims – the onus needs to be and has to be, fairly, rightly, placed upon the perpetrators of these crimes.
With the Domestic Violence Bill 2014 campaign gathering momentum, Mr Ruffley cannot be allowed to influence and interfere with much needed legislation that will recognise domestic violence as a crime in the UK and with this legal reform, inject much needed public confidence in the current criminal justice system when confidence in reporting the crime of domestic violence is at an all time low.
Victims must have faith that the system will protect them. That justice will prevail. This is not the case presently.
And that perpetrators will not be elevated to the dizzying heights of status and social mobility that being a MP brings.
Mr Ruffley’s beliefs towards domestic violence are now publicly known. He cannot retain office as to do so ‘rewards’ the act of domestic violence and the perpetrator, with the Establishment appearing to say ‘Naughty: don’t do it again. Oh, and here’s your seat in the House of Commons’.
Please let’s see justice done.
David Ruffley MP must resign his position and relinquish his status by doing so.
Domestic violence perpetrators must never be rewarded.