My Boston Globe column on the new Violence Against Women act can be found here.
As you may notice, I take a somewhat more positive view of the new VAWA in the column than in my blogpost last week. This is because, on reflection, I think the new text in VAWA -- particularly the section directing the GAO to conduct a study evaluating not only the extent to which men as well as women are victims of family violence, but also the availability of services to them -- is more of an opportunity than I initially realized. If such a study is conducted fairly, and if its findings result in some action being taken, it could strike a serious blow against anti-male bias in the domestic violence "industry." Now, activists whose goal is gender equity in domestic violence policies should focus their efforts on ensuring that the study doesn't end up being a formality or a whitewash.