The Canadian Women’s Foundation reports that in Canada, on any given day, more than three thousand women are seeking shelter from escaping domestic violence. But unfortunately, the Canadian Women’s Foundation is also reporting that there are only 40 thousand arrests annually, on average, for domestic violence charges. That is a serious situation of under-reporting. Why is that the case? Because the police will tell you that they can’t charge anybody with anything, unless you have some evidence. One man in Florida who has been a victim of domestic violence, clearly for some time, took the matters of evidence into his own hands. He videotaped his partner abusing him according to Fox 8 Cleveland Sept. 22.
It’s a shocking video tape. While he is being assaulted by a woman who is also the mother of twins, you can hear in the background,
“I’m gonna call the police. I’m gonna tell them that you just assaulted me.”
Yes, men get a bit of a bad rap when it comes to domestic violence. The statistics are indeed staggering. But one of the reasons those three thousand plus men daily can’t be arrested is because their victims are too busy struggling with pain, to capture it all on film.
A soldier out of Pinellas County however was not going to let that happen to him. He attached a GoPro camera onto his belt, and caught his wife abusing him on film. You have to wonder how many times he wore that until he finally got something he could use against her in their…you guessed it….upcoming custody battle. 10 News reported Sept. 21 that Michael said that this was just “one of many” times.
“This is just one of many instances where I’ve had to use the camera to either prover her guilt or prove my innocence and that’s the only reason I’m carrying it.”
Of course he has to justify this. Every abuse victim is always in justification mode. And when he told her he caught it all on film, she likely answered the way an abuser would, “You aren’t legally allowed to record me without my consent.” Abusers all have the same profile.
The truth is, that recording will come in very handy for Michael come court time. The law requires evidence of domestic violence. The courts certainly would put the harm of an individual victim, over privacy concerns of an abuser who does not want to be exposed.
Fox 8 Cleveland reported Sept. 21 that the custody battle has been going on between Michael and Corinne for some time. It’s a battle over twins. On the day that Michael caught their mother abusing him on film, he was reportedly trying to get the twins out of a car seat when she attacked him in a sensitive area. A “low blow” as 10 News reported.
A scream is heard on the video followed by some jerking of the camera. Michael says that the camera can shoot from up to 5 feet away and he intends on using the footage in his custody case. He told 10 News that,
“We have court coming up so hopefully it goes to show a little bit of validity to what I’ve been doing and what I’ve been saying and disapproving what she’s been saying. It seems to be overlooked when the man is a victim of domestic violence.”
Indeed it does. But the Guardian reports that 2 out of every 5 domestic violence victims are men. That’s 40%! Whether he will be successful with the video in jail remains to be seen.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department have certainly not considered Novak’s privacy concerns over the rights of the abuse victim. That little stunt landed Corinne a night in jail. We have learned that she was released on her own recognizance. But, shock of all shocks, she violated some of her conditions and has landed herself back in jail.