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Domestic Violence Dads (A Current Affair) - Video

This evening A Current Affair broadcast their story "Domestic Violence Dads", covering the issue of male victims of family violence. They describe it as follows:

The victims of domestic violence we rarely hear from. Tonight, men whose violent partners and wives attack them break their silence.

You can view the video on the Current Affair website, or if you're outside Australia, it is also available on YouTube.



A Current Affair to cover male victims of family violence tonight

A Current Affair (Weeknights 7pm AEST on the Nine Network) is advertising a story to air tonight, Thursday 6th August 2015, on male victims of family violence.


4th National Elder Abuse Conference, 23-25 February 2016, Melbourne

The 4th National Elder Abuse Conference will be taking place from 23-25 February 2016 at the Pullman on the Park, Melbourne Australia. The Conference, hosted by Seniors Rights Victoria, aims to prevent and resolve elder abuse by showcasing new knowledge to use in practice, raise awareness and influence system change. The Conference will provide a high level of education with internationally acclaimed speakers from medical and allied health, education, government and aged care sectors, as well as arresting discussion on a range of topics. The social events will provide an opportunity for important networking.

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Men our hidden victims | Fairfield City Champion

By Kirstie Chlopicki July 7, 2015, 11:30 p.m.

DOMESTIC violence has affected more than 28, 000 people in NSW during the past year, but what's little known is that many victims are men.

The latest survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that reports of male domestic violence have doubled since 2005 and at least one in three victims of domestic homicide is male, figures that Fairfield community worker Matthew Dillon said should justify more support services for men.

Mr Dillon, who is the team leader at The Parks Community Network centre on Polding Street, said he was inspired to take action after a number of men approached the centre, seeking help.

Now, with the help of production company Decibel as well as funding from the Cabra-Vale Diggers Club, he has launched a DVD documentary on men's health that will be shown for the first time next Tuesday.

"I started to notice that when men came forward I had nothing to offer them because there's nothing out there," he said.

"The system has never been set up to help men and we need to change that."

Mr Dillon said part of the problem was the use of damaging terms such as "man up", especially during childhood, which made men more likely to avoid talking about problems such as depression, emotional abuse, domestic violence or even basic health.

"We're teaching a whole new generation of men that they can't be a victim — they can only be a perpetrator.

"If you're a victim, you're a victim, regardless of gender and we need to be able to offer the same services regardless of gender.

ABS figures that show men are twice as likely to not seek support support Mr Dillon's view.

"At the end of the day I'm just asking people to come together and have a conversation, put aside your prejudices and come up with a solution."

Men's Health Services director Greg Millan will host a men's health forum and an open consultation after the screening of the film; author and social researcher Maggie Hamilton will be the guest speaker.

A Male's Tale will show at Cabra-Vale Diggers on Tuesday, July 14, from 12.30 to 1.30pm with consultation until 5pm. To RSVP call 9609 7400.


1IN3's submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence published

The One in Three Campaign's submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence has been published on their website. You can download a copy here (PDF).

Public hearings are expected to start on Monday, 13 July 2015.

The Royal Commission intends to conduct its  hearings around a series of modules. The public hearings will seek to contribute to the public’s understanding of the family violence system. It will also provide an opportunity for the public to hear from key stakeholders, experts and government representatives, as they discuss matters which may ultimately be the subject of findings and recommendations made by the Royal Commission.

The modules will explore key issues and questions relevant to the family violence system, including the diverse ways in which people experience family violence, the different consequences of family violence and the various times at which people may engage with current systems.

At this stage, the modules are intended to cover:

  • What is family violence, including causes and contributing factors
  • Prevention and early intervention
  • Children and young people
  • Issues around alcohol and drugs, mental health and homelessness
  • The role of the health system
  • Risk assessment and risk management
  • Perpetrator interventions and changing men’s behaviour
  • Police and criminal justice responses
  • Family Violence Intervention Orders
  • Intersection between the intervention order system, family law and child protection law
  • Information sharing between agencies
  • Integrating services
  • Diversity of community experiences
  • Culture change, both in the community and the workplace.

The content of the modules remains subject to change.

The Royal Commission is informing itself in a range of ways and many key issues and questions (including some of those covered in the modules) will also be explored through the stakeholder and expert roundtables.

The Commissioners and Counsel Assisting are in the process of determining who will be called to be witnesses at the public hearings in light of the written submissions, community consultations, stakeholder/expert roundtable meetings and other research activities.  A list of these witnesses will be published on their website prior to hearings.

Unless otherwise directed, public hearings will be open to the public.  Anyone is welcome to attend to watch and listen to the hearings taking place at level 11, 222 Exhibition Street, Melbourne.  The hearings, and those attending them, will be recorded and web streamed through their website.  Please carefully consider your personal circumstances and safety before deciding to attend the hearings.

Transcripts of the public hearings will be uploaded onto their website as soon as practicable.

The Royal Commission may schedule additional hearings if it considers it appropriate to do so.

A Practice Direction outlining the procedural aspects of the public hearings is available from their resources page.