RECENT NEWS ARTICLES

This page contains a selection of recent news articles and commentary about male victims of violence and abuse plus related issues. These articles are presented as a community service, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the One in Three Campaign.

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Monday
Nov052018

1IN3 Submission to Establishing a National Men's Health Strategy for 2020 to 2030

The One in Three Campaign has lodged a submission as part of the consultation process for Establishing a National Men's Health Strategy for 2020 to 2030.

You can download a copy of the submission from http://www.oneinthree.com.au/storage/pdfs/1IN3_submission_to_NMHS.pdf.

 

Wednesday
Jul182018

Sad news for male victims of family violence in Scotland - please help

There is some very worrying news out of Scotland where one of the pioneers and world leaders in supporting male victims of family violence - Abused Men in Scotland (AMIS) - is in danger of closing its doors.

These quotes are from their latest newsletter. Please support them if you possibly can.

Editorial from Iris Quar, Services Manager, AMIS

We are putting out this special edition of the newsletter to alert our supporters, service users and other stakeholders to the fact that we are in a state of financial crisis.  For some time, our main funder has been the BIG Lottery.  Unfortunately, because of increased funding requests, with no increase in the pot from which funding is granted, the BIG Lottery have reluctantly refused our request for future funding.  I say reluctantly because we have been told by them that our application was of a high quality and, although they see the value in and the demand for our service, tough decisions had to be made. 

Because they believe in our service, the Big Lottery have referred us for pro bono support to Community Enterprise, who are supporting us in exploring alternative funding options.  We are very fortunate to have the support of individuals and groups in the public, private and third sector who are doing all they can to help; and for that we thank them.  We have also benefited greatly from the pro bono input of Indigo, a renowned media and public relations organisation, at this time of crisis. 

We are in discussions with the Scottish Government in relation to the provision of services for male victims of domestic abuse.  Unfortunately, due to the Cabinet reshuffle and the Summer recess, progress is unlikely to be made on the issue before the return of Parliament at the beginning of September.  But we are busy preparing for then in the meantime. 

We have been invited to take part in a programme devoted to male victims of domestic abuse on the Kaye Adams Programme on Wednesday 25th July 2018 on Radio Scotland and hopefully will get the opportunity during that to give an update on our situation then.  We would also encourage any man who has suffered domestic abuse, or anyone affected by or concerned about the domestic abuse of a male family member, friend or colleague or someone with whom you work as a professional, to listen to the programme and, consider calling in to take part in the discussion.       

In the meantime, here are the thoughts and views of some of those who have expressed concerns about support for our service; and their concerns for the future support for male victims of domestic abuse if Scotland loses its only male victim dedicated support service.         

Please feel free to share this information with anyone you think may be interested.  Contact your local and national representatives to let them know your views and to show support for AMIS. 

Donations can be made through our Virgin Money Giving page or by chosing to donate to Abused Men in Scotland when making purchases through easyfundraising.

WHAT WILL IT MEAN FOR MEN IF AMIS IS LOST?

Questions answered by Tom Wood QPM Chair of Abused Men In Scotland

1. How many people does AMIS currently support in Scotland? 

AMIS staff currently deal with 650 telephone and email contacts per year with a running total of around 350 open case files and 250-300 individual new service users each year.

Those active service users receive non-judgemental support with the potential for on-going and face-to-face support, so if AMIS closes in July they will find it very hard or impossible to access the help they currently rely on. Work that is helping reduce the social cost of male domestic abuse will cease.

2. What other impact on individual service users will result from AMIS’s closure? 

Until recently some 20 vulnerable men have been relying on regular face-to-face support through weekly meetings and they would have their support abruptly terminated with risk to themselves and their children. There is no alternative source of this support in Scotland.

 Furthermore, 350 men whose cases are still open would be unable to resume support if/when they need further assistance.

3. Does AMIS have a wider role in tackling the consequences of domestic abuse in Scotland?

Yes, since 2009 we have taken an active part in responsibly giving male victims a voice in in fora, e.g. Police Scotland Domestic Abuse forum and Victims & Witnesses Forum, and in the media. 

And that includes strong advocacy on behalf of the children of abused men, who will become even less visible with potentially devastating effects on their lives.

Moreover, AMIS has built up a vast range of experience in supporting male victims of domestic abuse that will be very hard to replicate if the charity closes. Training for other services based on eight years of experience will cease and therefore male victims’ experience will be inadequate in DA training.

Also, gender-inclusive (where gender differences are acknowledged and the needs of all are explicitly addressed) prevention work with young people will cease, and our planned young people’s web page and text service will not come to fruition. Another generation of young men will enter adulthood with no knowledge they may become victims. Unprepared, they will ignore the warning signs that could have saved them from a life of abuse. 

4. Is AMIS a ‘men’s rights’ charity? 

No, we are a victim support charity with absolutely no political agenda. Our aim is to provide support services to any man (or anyone who does not identify as a woman) over 16, in Scotland, experiencing domestic abuse. We also welcome calls from friends and family who may be concerned about a loved one. We will support any man (including trans-gender and non-binary people), whether in a mixed-sex or same-sex relationship.

5. Can’t men simply access support from other service providers if AMIS closes?

AMIS believes that male domestic abuse victims need specialist support services in Scotland.  AMIS is the only organisation providing a helpline and face-to-face support geared to the specific needs of male victims in Scotland’s communities.

Without AMIS, the distinct perspective and voice of male victims across Scotland will be lost. 

Monday
Apr302018

Response to The Conversation Fact Check from 1IN3

The website The Conversation recently published an article titled, "FactCheck: is domestic violence the leading preventable cause of death and illness for women aged 18 to 44?".

Overall the article is a decent explanation of the difference between burden of disease and risk factors. We hope it will serve to prevent false and misleading claims such as Tanya Plibersek’s statement that “Domestic violence claims more Australian women under 45 than any other health risk, including cancer.

Unfortunately however the team at The Conversation appear to have gone out of their way to try and make it look like a statistic published on One in Three’s website was (at least partially) inaccurate or incomplete, going so far as to take the claim out of context. It is also possible they may not have followed their own Fact Check process.

The Conversation's article also unfortunately contained two errors of fact, one of which has thankfully been corrected.

Lastly, while the article’s finding that, “although intimate partner violence is not a leading cause of death, injury and illness among Australian women aged 18-44, it does appear to be a leading contributor” is technically correct, it is still incomplete and misleading. It is an advocacy statistic designed to amplify the risk intimate partner violence poses to the health and wellbeing of women, and is regularly misquoted by media and government alike (hence the need for the "Fact Check").

An equally correct and less misleading way of presenting the same data would be to say:

Intimate partner violence (physical and sexual violence plus emotional abuse) is not a leading cause of death, injury and illness among Australian women aged 18-44. As one of several known risk factors, it contributes 5.1% toward the burden of disease in Australian women aged 18-44. The vast majority of this burden of disease is anxiety and depression - death and injury contribute very little. Among all Australian women, intimate partner violence contributes an estimated 2.2% to the burden of disease. The leading cause of death for Australian women 15-44 years (2016) was intentional self-harm, with 368 deaths per annum, while there were 50 intimate partner homicides of women of all ages per year in 2012-14. The leading cause of injury for all Australian women was falls (51%), with assaults (of which intimate partner assault is a sub-category) making up 3.2%.

While well-intentioned, efforts to reduce family violence against women that use incomplete, incorrect or misleading statistics unfairly stigmatise men and boys as violent and abusive, while simultaneously denying or downplaying the existence of male victims of violence.

All victims of violence and abuse, whether male or female, deserve policies based upon up-to-date accurate data. Flawed data can only lead to flawed policies and actions, and many children continue to be exposed to violence because of these misinterpretations.

The One in Three Campaign is fully supportive of all genuine programs designed to protect women and children from violence. We are simply seeking similar protection for men and boys and asking that the vast majority who are not violent are no longer tarred with the brush of "violent males." You can read more at oneinthree.com.au/misinformation.

For purposes of transparency, the following is a complete email transcript of One in Three’s correspondence with The Conversation, followed by a video clip outlining The Conversation’s Fact Check methodology. Readers can decide for themselves whether The Conversation followed its own methodology when dealing with One in Three.

Click to read more ...

Friday
Apr272018

Domestic violence doesn’t just happen to women (The Conversation)

When 22-year-old university graduate Jordan Worth was sentenced recently to seven and a half years in jail for abusive behaviour towards her boyfriend Alex Skeel, it was the first time a female perpetrator had been convicted of controlling and coercive behaviour in the UK.

Alex Skeel decided to waive his right to anonymity and go public to bring awareness to the fact that men can also be victims of coercive control and domestic abuse. He also expressed his belief that victims need to speak out in order to recover. Other men have also tried to do this, including one who has shared his experience and supportive resources on a self-help website.

It can be particularly hard for men to admit that they have been the victims of abuse. Some male clients we’ve worked with have been taunted and mocked by acquaintances for “not standing up” to their perpetrators – and they can face disbelief when they tell their stories. One comment on a newspaper report about Skeel was: “Oh please, was the door padlocked and bars on the windows.”

True scale of the problem

Research shows that domestic abuse has occurred throughout history and cuts across socioeconomic status, education, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, and any other category.

The perpetrator in this case was reported to have a university degree, came from a loving and supportive family, and had done charity work. She was also described as being “petite” – so perhaps not seen as someone capable of overpowering a man.

Much has been written about the role of patriarchy in contributing to domestic violence, when men attack women. And social inequalities are a very important factor to consider, especially given that the majority of victims of domestic abuse are women. But to overemphasise this point minimises the scale of the problem.

The most recent Crime Survey for England and Wales estimates that 26% of women and 15% of men age 16 to 59 have experienced some form of domestic abuse since the age of 16. If this were a disease, there would be a public outcry for something to be done to address this epidemic.

Smashing stereotypes

The Worth Skeel case cuts through many of the stereotypes surrounding domestic abuse – namely that it’s a crime involving male on female violence. It also brings to light the fact that coercive control and violence can happen in teenage relationships, and can involve people who are well educated and apparently progressing well with their careers and lives.

The couple began their relationship when they were only 16 years old and it lasted for six years. They looked happy in their pictures, completely belying the life-threatening nature of their relationship. Skeel was described as being “days away from death” when he was rescued.

The case also demonstrates how psychological abuse can be an early warning sign of physical violence. There were many years of psychological coercion and control preceding the violence – as soul destroying behaviours set the stage for life-threatening behaviours.

Know the signs

Skeel had been hospitalised for his injuries on multiple occasions, but it was the action of his neighbour which probably saved his life. The neighbour called the police during an abusive incident – he heard shouting as Skeel was being burned. This shows that we cannot just rely on medical staff to help people who are being harmed – the role of a watchful community cannot be overestimated.

To help reduce the incidence of coercive control and domestic violence, we must open our eyes to the scale of this phenomenon. Media reports which dehumanise perpetrators – as though they are monsters different from everyone else or evil people – also do not help.

What all this shows is that there is a compelling need for more education in schools and colleges to help people understand the dynamics of coercive control – and to be able to recognise the signs. Particularly, given that it is often the precursor for physical abuse.

Authors: Linda Dubrow-Marshall, Programme leader and psychology lecturer, University of Salford and Rod Dubrow-Marshall, Psychologist and Programme Leader, University of Salford, University of Salford.

https://theconversation.com/domestic-violence-doesnt-just-happen-to-women-95246

Thursday
Feb082018

1IN3 responds to latest attack upon male victims by Daily Life

 

On January 25th, Fairfax blog Daily Life published an article by Jane Gilmore titled "Fact or fiction: Every third victim of intimate partner violence is a male". The article was the latest in a series of attacks upon male victims of domestic violence by the publication.

The article contains two serious errors.

Firstly Gilmore claimed that “women's reports of partner violence increased from 1.9 to 3.2 [between 2005 and 2016]”. Actually, the 2016 ABS PSS found that women’s reports of partner violence increased from 1.5% to 1.7% (Table 2.1) - a 13% increase that the ABS says is not statistically significant.

Secondly, the author claims that “women are four times more likely to experience partner violence than men”. The 2016 PSS found that 211,700 women and 113,900 men (Table 1.1) experienced violence by an intimate partner in the last 12 months. That’s not even twice as many - nowhere near four times.

Our Watch (who should have immediately picked up these obvious errors) re-published Gilmore’s article on their Facebook page with the note “Journalist Jane Gilmore discusses the data surrounding male victims of domestic violence and the importance of reporting the facts.”

Here are the facts. Over the past decade, partner violence against women has remained relatively stable. By contrast, partner violence against men has doubled (and current partner violence has increased five-fold).

The One in Three Campaign has written an in-depth analysis of the claims made in Gilmore's article. It is available here.