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Domestic dispute cost Bengals' Henry his life (USA)

Cincinnati Bengals' receiver Chris Henry fell out of a pickup truck Wednesday, in an apparent domestic abuse dispute with his fiancée, Lolieni Tonga, with whom he was raising three children. He was found eight miles north of downtown Charlotte lying in a residential street, and suffered life-threatening injuries. According to Associated Content, Henry was pronounced dead just after 6:00 am this morning, but the news was withheld until the last hour.

Henry's death highlights the tragic outcome of partner violence, one form of domestic abuse. Domestic violence is widespread, and estimates suggesting that up to 10% of U.S. households suffer from some form of abuse, including emotional, physical, sexual and financial and against partners, elders and/or minors. Between intimate partners, women are far more likely to sustain physical injuries (65% according to one analysis), be the victims of stalking, and fear for their lives.

However, men and women are equally aggressive towards one another according to experts who’ve studied domestic violence in the US and abroad, and some suggest that the term 'partner abuse' should be used to highlight that this is not a gender specific tragedy.

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The male rights movement sticks its head up again

Most people probably ignored the International Men's Day on 19th November. Those who didn't may have noticed the launch of a new website One in Three ( This is the latest attempt from the male rights movement (which most, perhaps, don't even know exists!) to break another appalling silence in our society.

For almost two decades, those in the male rights movement have been trying to speak on behalf of male victims of domestic abuse. Their new website draws attention to a bibliography of 256 scholarly items representing a total research sample of one quarter of a million people. Conservatively, one in three victims of domestic abuse are male (see the latest ABS figures). Other research shows that it may, in fact, be one in two.

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Should I leave my abusive wife?

Dear Bossy: I am writing to you seeking advice, particularly because of the anonimity offered by the internet, because it is not an issue I would feel comfortable discussing with my friends or family. At the same time, I refuse to believe that I am the only one this happens to, so I hope some of your readers can relate and tell me of their experience and solutions.

I’ll explain my situation. I met my wife about four years ago, we were engaged in under a year, and married a year after that. I really thought I had met the woman of my dreams - caring, loveable, funny, pretty and sexy. I got brief glimpses of her darkside when she drank, she would sometimes become violent, slapping me, throwing things and being verbally abusive. I thought this was just something that happened when she’d had too much to drink, because she was a sweetheart the rest of the time. I forgave her for these incidents, but over time, they have escalated, and now its not just when she drinks.

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2008-09 Scottish Crime and Justice Survey on Partner Abuse published

The 2008-09 Scottish Crime and Justice Survey on Partner Abuse has found that:

  • A similar percentage of males and females experienced partner abuse in the last 12 months (both five per cent).
  • Women (14%) were more likely to consider themselves to have been a victim of domestic abuse than men (three per cent).
  • Around three in ten (31%) did not tell anyone about the most recent / only incident of partner abuse experienced in the last 12 months. This was higher for men (40%) than for women (21%).
  • The police came to know about one in five (21%) of the most recent / only incidents of partner abuse experienced in the last 12 months. This was higher for the most recent / only incident experienced by women (35%) than by men (eight per cent).
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A crude hatchet job on men's rights

Men's Rights activists should be a little bit pleased. They've been noticed. Enough to merit a vitriolic attack on them in the Melbourne Herald Sun.

The hatchet job columnist is a guy by the name of David Penberthy. He ridicules the idea that women might be the perpetrators rather than the victims of domestic violence. He laughs at the idea that there might be domestic violence victims called Nige and Bazza,

hiding in the broom cupboard begging for mercy as the little lady gives them the rounds of the kitchen.

And so he endorses the White Ribbon Day campaign which blames men as a class, male culture and male privilege for domestic violence - with the implication that masculinity itself is anti-social and must be deconstructed.

The problem with Penberthy's argument is that women often are the perpetrators of domestic violence. They are the perpetrators of domestic violence against men, children and other women. One statistic alone is telling here. In 2007, in the Australian state of New South Wales, 2336 women were charged with domestic violence offences.

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