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PM misquotes bad research stigmatising boys and young men

During the announcement last week of the $100M Women’s Safety Package, our new PM made the following claim:

There's been research done which Michaelia Cash can talk about further, which shows that, for example, one in four young men think it's OK to slap a girlfriend when you've been drinking.

The actual research put forward the following scenario and asked young people aged 14 to 24 whether they thought it was a serious issue:

A guy is as gentle as a lamb, it is just every now and again when he gets drunk he and his girlfriend fight and sometimes he slaps her lightly.

76% of young people (both boys and girls) said they thought this was a serious issue (88% of their parents did too).

The problems with the PM’s claim are as follows:

  • It was one in four young people (not just young men) who thought this (a gender breakdown wasn’t provided)
  • The research used the phrase "slaps her lightly", not "slaps", and in the context of a "fight" (in which it is possible that his girlfriend also slapped him)
  • It is quite conceivable that many young people (especially those in the younger age groups who probably "fight" with their siblings from time to time) thought that slapping someone lightly wasn’t serious whereas slapping hard or hitting would be serious
  • Just because they didn’t indicate that they thought it was serious, doesn’t mean they thought it was “OK”.

The research was appallingly designed, using leading questions to get the result the researchers wanted. Add to that the usual misquoting by the powers that be and, voilà!, we have "evidence" that without re-education, little boys are destined to become perpetrators of domestic violence.

We need to have zero tolerance for all violence and abuse, no matter how "slight". Stigmatising boys and young men by misquoting bad research doesn't help to reduce violence.



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Prime Minister announces $100M "Women’s Safety Package"

Today the Australian Government is announcing a $100 million package of measures to provide a safety net for women and children at high risk of experiencing violence. The package will improve frontline support and services, leverage innovative technologies to keep women safe, and provide education resources to help change community attitudes to violence and abuse.

It's a great shame that our new prime minister has bought into gender politics when it comes to reducing the levels of violence in this country. This was an opportunity to work to reduce violence against everyone in the community, but instead it once again ignores male victims of violence. Men are twice as likely as women in Australia to be victims of homicide. Males make up at least one in three victims of family violence and abuse. Yet there is nothing at all in this package to keep them safe. Great news for women and their children, but a sad day for men and their children.

You might like to leave a comment on the Prime Ministers web page.


ABC Open Drum callout for stories of family violence


Project Brief

Have your say on what's happening in the news, current affairs and policy debates around the country.

Each fortnight, ABC Open and The Drum will nominate a subject for discussion, asking everyday Australians to share their personal story.

If you've lived it, we want to hear your story and your considered thoughts on the issue of the day. Our current topic is...


There is a hidden epidemic of violence in Australian homes. One woman is hospitalised every three hours as a result of family violence. Children see and hear this violence. How do victims stay safe and seek justice? How should we hold perpetrators to account? Share your story and views in 300 – 700 words.

All contributions that meet the Dos and Don'ts will be published here on ABC Open. We may edit your contribution to make it suitable for publishing across different mediums and to give it context. The most compelling will be featured on The Drum, the ABC's popular platform for debate and discussion featuring some of Australia's best journalists, thinkers and opinion-makers. Contributors may also be invited to record their piece or become a live guest for ABC Radio.

The deadline for consideration for selection for The Drum is midday Monday, 28th September.

You can contribute with text

Project ends on Nov 29 2015.

Click here to leave your story.


Men also domestic violence victims, but little help offered | Sunshine Coast Daily

"JAMES" wants people to know men suffer from domestic violence too.

The 61-year-old - who has to go by a pseudonym for legal reasons - feels the services available unfairly cater for women.

James (pictured) claims he has been the victim of domestic violence after he split from his former partner last December. He claims she had hit him with a wine bottle months earlier, but he forgave her as "I loved her".

Since then, he says he has "copped a beating and endured financial and mental torture". But his cries for help to authorities didn't receive the same amount of attention they would have - if he was a woman, he said.

Domestic Violence Connect CEO Diane Mangan acknowledged there were fewer services for men, but this was because the numbers of men needing help were so much lower.

DV Connect's Women's line is open 24/7 while the men's line was only open from 9am to midnight.

RELATED: '24/7 domestic violence helpline for men too costly'

Ms Mangan said the women's line received about 60,000 calls a year while "the men's line is 10% of that".

James said the system in place for men was "very limited", while the system for women was "astronomical".

Male support group One in Three argues one in every third case of domestic violence involves men, yet the government funding is unfairly skewed to women.

Researcher Greg Andresen said a bare minimum of "basic services" needed to be available to everyone, regardless of gender.

James said while the attacks on women were far greater, "I am still human and I have similar human rights. It's not a nice place to be (when you're being abused by your partner)".

He said he was kicked out of his former partner's home and had been unable to find shelter elsewhere. James has been seeing a psychologist - paid for by Centrelink - but felt like he was little more than a "CRN number".

"There is no housing for me. If I was a woman, something would be available."


  • At least one in three victims of family violence is male
  • One male is a victim of domestic homicide every 10 days
  • Almost one in four young people are aware of their mum/stepmum hitting their dad/stepdad
  • Male and female victims of reported domestic assault receive very similar numbers and types of injuries
  • Males are almost three times less likely to report being a victim of domestic violence to the police
  • Post-separation, similar proportions of men and women report experiencing physical violence, including threats by their former spouse

Source: One in Three campaign

Men looking for help can contact the DV Connect Mensline on 1800 600 636 between 9am and midnight seven days a week.

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