Theyâ€™re changing custody rights and domestic violence laws. (and NOT for the better)
â€œThe biggest concern, though, is not the wasted effort on a false issue,â€ writes Straton, but the encouragement given to batterers to consider themselves the victimized party. â€œArming these men with warped statistics to fuel their already warped worldview is unethical, irresponsible, and quite simply lethal.â€
In this, critics like Australian sociologist Michael Flood say that menâ€™s rights movements reflect the tactics of domestic abusers themselves, minimizing existing violence, calling it mutual, and discrediting victims. MRA groups downplay national abuse rates, just as abusers downplay their personal battery; they wage campaigns dismissing most allegations as false, as abusers claim partners are lying about being hit; and they depict the violence as mutualâ€”part of an epidemic of wife-on-husband abuseâ€”as individual batterers rationalize their behavior by sayingÂ that the violence was reciprocal. Additionally, MRA groupsâ€™ predictions of future violence by fed-up men wronged by the family-law system seem an obvious additional correlation, with the threat of violence seemingly intended to intimidate a community, like a fearful spouse, into compliance.