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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Tuesday
Feb232016

New federal inquiry into domestic violence and gender inequality

On 25 November 2015, the following matter was referred to the Finance and Public Administration References Committee for inquiry and report by the 24 August 2016:

Domestic violence and gender inequality, with particular reference to:

  1. the role of gender inequality in all spheres of life in contributing to the prevalence of domestic violence;
  2. the role of gender stereotypes in contributing to cultural conditions which support domestic violence, including, but not limited to, messages conveyed to children and young people in
    - the marketing of toys and other products,
    - education, and
    - entertainment;
  3. the role of government initiatives at every level in addressing the underlying causes of domestic violence, including the commitments under, or related to, the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children; and
  4. any other related matters.

Submission closing date is 31 March 2016. The reporting date is 24 August 2016.

On 20 August 2015 the committee completed a broad-ranging inquiry into domestic violence. The committee does not intend to cover the same ground as the previous inquiry but to focus on gender inequality as set out in the terms of reference.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Senate Finance and Public Administration Committees
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3439
Fax: +61 2 6277 5809
Email: fpa.sen@aph.gov.au

More at http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Finance_and_Public_Administration/DV_and_Gender_Inequality

Thursday
Feb182016

Male victims of domestic violence: a hidden battle | International Innovation

In 2009, when a significant amount of Australian data sources concluded that one in three victims of family violence are male, the One in Three Campaign was established. Senior Researcher Greg Andresen highlights the current lack of support for male victims, the difficulties faced with raising awareness of this issue and the Campaign’s efforts to overcome these challenges

To what extent are male victims denied support due to their gender in Australia?

The majority of services for victims of family violence are denied to men because of their gender. These include: court support schemes and safe rooms, crisis services and shelter/refuges, hospital and GP training and screening tools, most helplines and community awareness campaigns. While some generic (not male-specific or male-friendly) support is available to men (eg. police, Lifeline), such services are often unaware of the issues faced by male victims and unable to offer effective and appropriate help.

While individual workers within generic services might be aware of the issues, they often face workplace cultures and systems that aren’t supportive. Some generic services do not believe male victims, minimise their experiences or blame them for the abuse. The Common Risk Assessment Framework used by Mensline Australia and 1800RESPECT (the only National telephone support available for male victims) advises telephone counsellors to refer male victims of domestic violence to a male perpetrator service and their female (ex)partner to a women’s family violence service, thus assuming the male victim is actually a perpetrator and endangering his safety by alerting the female perpetrator to his actions.

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Saturday
Jan162016

How male victims of domestic abuse often end up getting arrested themselves | The Telegraph (UK)

Male victims of domestic abuse are reluctant to report attacks because they are often subjected to false accusations themselves, according to new research.

More than 700,000 men each year are thought to fall victim to violent attacks at the hands of their partners, but many are too ashamed to report the offences.

It was thought much of the underreporting was due to men feeling embarrassed by the stigma of being a domestic violence victim.

But new research has suggested that many of those who do come forward risk being arrested themselves, after their abusers make false accusations against them.

Dr Jessica McCarrick, a Senior Lecturer in Counselling Psychology at Teesside University, who carried out a study with male abuse victims, said they were often treated with suspicion by the criminal justice system.

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Monday
Jan042016

Support for male victims of domestic abuse (Sussex Police, UK)

Sussex Police are continuing their crackdown on domestic abuse over New Year period, including a focus on male victims.

Over the past two weeks a male-focused advert has been running on the digital screen at Brighton railway station and advertising will also continue to run inside buses across Sussex as well as in advertisements broadcast local radio stations.

Detective Chief Inspector Ali Eaton (pictured above at Brighton railway station) who is leading the campaign, said: “Domestic abuse can have a devastating impact on victims and their families. It is estimated that one in four women and one in six men will experience domestic abuse at some point in their life.

“It is a sad fact that men don’t often see themselves as victims and therefore domestic abuse against men is under-reported. There is a real stigma around this; men often think they will not be believed and may also think they are protecting their children by staying in the family home.

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Thursday
Dec242015

"I've been punched, kicked, scratched – if I stay I’ll be killed": Stories of Ireland’s abused men

Each year, over 2,000 vulnerable men contact the Amen domestic abuse service to ask for help or look for someone who will listen to what they are going through.

Most of the men who get in touch are in the 50-60 years age bracket and 90% of the callers are Irish males.

2005 research carried out for the National Crime Council found 6% of men suffer severe domestic abuse with 13% of men suffering physical abuse or minor physical incidents. Just one in 20 male victims report it to gardaí.

The study suggested in the region of 88,000 men in Ireland have been severely abused by a partner at some point in their lives.

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