I’m not usually over enamoured with the effects and understanding shown about Domestic Violence issues by my local Police Force. However, a report in the Nottingham Post of 9th September 2014 shows that perhaps things are changing.
In the report entitled “Woman’s lies got her ex-partner arrested, “ the account tells how
“Pregnant Amy Whitham’s ex-partner was arrested after she falsely claimed he was going to arrange to “have her head kicked in,” a court heard.”
Obviously the Police have a duty to investigate such allegations. I do wonder whether they would have treated the accusation with the same enthusiasm though had the complainant been the male ex-partner! I doubt it.
However, the report continues:
“He was arrested and questioned by detectives, Notting Crown Court heard. But police soon established that the only person sending the messages was Whitham – through an e-mail account she had set up in his name. Yesterday Whitham was sentenced for perverting the course of justice – on the strength of her making the false witness statement to police last November.”
So well done Nottingham Police for charging this woman. What sentence did she receive? To continue quoting the report:
“Judge James Sampson decided not to send Whitham into custody because she has two young children to care for and is expecting a third. “As a mark of compassion, I’m prepared to suspend this sentence,” he told her.
Again, I ask ‘Would such compassion have been shown to her ex-partner?’ Probably not. We all know that should he have been charged with the false allegation, he would have received a custodial sentence.
Further more, why do Judges be far more lenient on women criminals when well-known documentary evidence exists that states that young children are more at risk from harm in the care of mothers than fathers?
Women such as Amy Whitham who think nothing of making false accusations against partners actually make it far more difficult for real victims to speak out and be heard, irrespective of gender.
Why did she do it? To quote the report again, “No reasons were given at the hearing about why Whitham made up the claims.”
Now that’s a real surprise isn’t it? I can tell you exactly why. Whitham was on a revenge mission and wanting to hurt her former partner. What easier way than to make up such allegations? Women like Whitham know the climate is such that once she’d made her statement, her ex-partner would be seen as ‘guilty, until proven innocent.’ Fortunately, in this case, his innocence could be proved. I have also heard of divorce settlements where Lawyers have encouraged the woman to make an accusation of domestic abuse in order to secure both a bigger alimony and residence of children. This has been in relationships where there has been no record or evidence of abuse, no investigation of the allegations carried out, and yet the mere mention of being seen to be a victim of domestic violence has resulted in the desired financial reward.