Half of the inmates in the Alice Springs gaol are men who are there for having assaulted their intimate partners. Justice Jenny Blokland is one of the people gaoling them. It gives her no pleasure, she told a public meeting in Alice Springs last night, attended by hundreds; it’s a protective measure, often short-term, and doesn’t solve the problem. She acknowledged the "very difficult" social issues in Alice but said this does not explain the "gendered nature" of the violence: 80 to 90% of perpetrators are men. KIERAN FINNANE reports.