UK Police Begin Replacing Victims’ Own Kitchen Knives with Blunted Versions

Conservative Tribune | 6/14/2019 | ryanburnside
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Law enforcement officials in Nottinghamshire, England, are exploring a new initiative that will replace sharp knives in the homes of domestic violence victims with blunt utensils, according to the British media company ITV.

“We are trialling it to see if it makes a difference. Sometimes you have to trial things to see if they work,” said Superintendent Matt McFarlane, the head of the new “blunt-knife” strategy, ITV reported. “Anything that stops someone being seriously injured is a good idea.”

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While this story sounds like something that might be published by The Onion — a popular satire news site — unfortunately, in this case, it’s not a joke.

Does the police department in Nottinghamshire genuinely believe that abusers only use sharp knives to attack their partners? A basic understanding of a domestic abuser — who will essentially use anything as a weapon — would rule out this nutty plan on day one.

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Or, as psychologist and victims advocate Jessica Eaton told The New York Times in an interview about the “blunt knives” initiative:

“The risk comes from the offender, not the knife,” she said. “We know that blunt trauma can cause death. Just because a knife has been blunted doesn’t mean that it won’t pierce the skin or kill someone.”

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Currently, according to ITV, about 100 “no-point” knives have been made available for those who’ve been threatened or attacked by an abuser wielding a blade.

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Those who received the blunted knives “need to agree to have their knives replaced,” ITV reported.

“We do see a fair amount of knife-related incidents in domestic abuse not just on the streets. This is...
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