British Law Enforcement Hands Out Dull Knives To Abuse Victims To Prevent Violence – By Emily Zanotti (Dailywire) / June 13 2019
British authorities are pioneering a “violence prevention” program that involves swapping out sharp knives for dull knives in order to prevent domestic violence and abuse-related stabbings.
Victims who have been threatened at knife-point will receive a special gift of “no point knives” to keep in their home from Nottinghamshire Police, who say the pilot anti-knife program is designed cut down on knife-related violence, according to the Independent.
“We do see a fair amount of knife-related incidents in domestic abuse, not just on the streets,” a Nottinghamshire Police supervisor told reporters about the pilot program. “This is a measure we need to take. We want to reduce that risk. It is a trial. We have about 100 of them – and we have so far given out about 50. The knife is blunt at the end – but still functions as a knife – so you can’t stab someone.”
The police say the effort is designed to help people who stay in abusive situations avoid becoming victims of violence: “People will stay in a relationship after some serious episodes of domestic abuse. They may stay together for children, get back together, or might get back together when they are out of prison.”
There’s one major flaw in Nottinghamshire’s logic, though: by removing knives from any home where domestic violence has occurred, they’re not just removing potential weapons, but a method of protection. Fortunately, the program is by agreement only, and domestic violence victims can select whether they’ll turn in their sharp knives for dull ones.
Victims rights organizations didn’t mince words when commenting on the planned program. The founder of London-based Victim Focus, which advocates for domestic violence victims, called the brains behind the operation, “morons,” according to Sky News.