Louise Taylor certainly seems to think so, anyway:
Simon Gittany was found guilty of murdering fiancée Lisa Harnum, and some commentators will have you believe there is a message for women to take home in the circumstances and details of the trial.
It is not a wakeup call for women in relationships with controlling, manipulative, abusive men (believe me, most of them are wide awake to what they are experiencing). It is not a tragic example of what happens when you “choose” the wrong man…
Really? So…what is it, then?
Here is a radical idea: I want the message to be aimed at men. I want men to watch for signs within themselves – signs that they are beginning to exhibit concerning behaviour in their intimate relationships. When they first go to raise their hand against their partner, they need to realise they immediately need help.
Fantastic idea! You know what, we can extend this concept to all other crimes, too!
It’ll be brilliant!
Tear down your burglar alarms and remove those deadbolts – we’ll just get thieves to ‘watch for signs within themselves’, and seek help when they find their hand slipping into a jacket to pull out a stocking mask and a crowbar.
What could go wrong?
I want the friends of those men to know what the signs are, and to realise that their buddy is teetering on or being abusive, and be prepared to intervene.
So…he gets a slap, instead of ‘er indoors?
Or maybe we could simply point to the recklessness of telling women that nothing that happens is ever their fault or their responsibility and expecting this to somehow improve things.