Violence Against Men

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 4:37 pm on 10th June 2010.

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Photo of Bill Aitken Bill Aitken Conservative 4:37 pm, 10th June 2010

I have no time—I am sorry.

The police are between a rock and a hard place in the situation that I describe. If they take the woman away, there is the problem of the children. If they leave the man in the house and something terrible happens, and there is a history of violence, the police will be in trouble. However, the fact is that, in an exaggerated situation in which the woman is totally responsible, taking the man away sends a terrible message to the children that their mother can assault their father, phone the police, and their father can get the jail. That is a very difficult situation.