Welcome to another week.
A new pilot scheme imported from America will ask domestic violence victims to sit face to face with their abusers and participate in therapy sessions. The scheme is considered pioneering and progressive in the United States, but women’s charities in the UK have been critical of Harrow Council’s decision to run the counselling sessions.
There are differing levels of domestic violence, none acceptable, but some of which may not cause victims to feel that they are unable to sit with their abusers and try to work through the conduct itself. Many victims still care for partners who have wronged them and may wish to improve their relationship rather than leave it.
However, there is a fine line when it comes to conduct that could escalate into threatening behaviour so serious that it impacts the victim for life, and victims who care for their partners, as opposed to those who are emotionally dependent upon them and are in need of support themselves.
It is not yet known how the Council will classify each case that comes before them and how they will deal with the differences in practice.
Our question to you then, is just this: do you think this kind of counselling is helpful or does it shift the blame away from the abusive partner by implying that the victim is somehow to blame for the abusive conduct, as some charities have suggested?