News Mail reported on a man convicted on domestic violence charges who tried to argue that the charges were unfair because of gender bias.

There’s not enough reliable information in the article to make an informed decision about whether his claim has any basis. He says he called police earlier after similar activities from his female partner and no charges were laid. There was no police testimony described in the article and no mention of physical or verbal violence committed by the woman. If it wasn’t mentioned because it didn’t happen then they were not equivalent crimes.

As this article about an abuser going through men’s behavioural change demonstrates, it is common for abusers to genuinely perceive themselves as victims. This doesn’t mean they actually are victims.

Regardless of all this, he pleaded guilty to the charges. So it was not a food rampage. He “tormented, verbally abused and kicked a woman. Then verbally abused her 12 year old son. He also threw food. It’s is like reporting on a mustard-yellow sock wearing armed armed robber as a fashion criminal.

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