RECENT NEWS ARTICLES

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Wednesday
Nov252009

'Time is right' for first male refuge to set up in Cornwall (UK)

Male victims of domestic abuse in Cornwall are speaking out for the first time thanks to a new Truro-based advice and support service. Michael Sampson, who claimed he was punched, kicked and even stabbed by his former wife after 25 years of marriage, said he owes his life to Esteem. Managers of the scheme, established in March, believe demand for its service is now so high that it needs to open the county's first ever male refuge. Speaking during National Domestic Violence week, Andrew Baker, a counsellor and advocate with Esteem, said more men are coming forward and speaking out about the abuse they have suffered.

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Wednesday
Nov252009

A third of domestic violence victims are male

An opinion piece by Greg Millan, men's health consultant, from the Newcastle Herald.

Stigma and stereotyping prevent them speaking out, writes Greg Millan. One in three victims of domestic violence are men. That is not something most people know. Most people tend to think of domestic violence as something that happens to women and is caused by men. But this has never been the simple case. We live in an increasingly violent society and both men and women are capable of violence in intimate relationships. Domestic violence against men is understudied and often hidden.

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Wednesday
Nov252009

White Ribbon schools kit gives boys a bad rap

Media release from the One in Three Campaign.

The anti-violence One in Three Campaign today called on the White Ribbon Campaign to broaden its message when educating young people about violence and abuse. Spokesperson Greg Andresen said “While the antiviolence message of the White Ribbon Campaign is extremely important, we are disappointed that by focusing only on male violence towards women and girls, it appears to be misleading children and young people about the true picture of violence in Australia.”

The White Ribbon Campaign has a schools’ kit available for download from its website, and encourages teachers, students and parents to get involved in White Ribbon Day activities. Mr Andresen said “we are extremely concerned that children in our schools are being fed the messages that ‘violence is something that men do to women’ and ‘only violence against women and girls is wrong’. Violence is extremely complex, and as far as young people are concerned, everyone is affected. The one thing we do know for certain is that while there is an almost universal social taboo against boys hitting girls, there are no messages telling girls that slapping, shoving, kicking or hitting boys is wrong. Young boys should not grow up feeling universal male guilt because of some men’s violence to women. Young girls shouldn’t grow up thinking it’s OK to hit boys."

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Friday
Nov202009

First domestic violence shelter for men opens (Switzerland)

The country’s first domestic violence shelter for men and their children has opened in Aargau. Founders of the shelter say the number of male domestic violence victims is on the rise. They say society doesn’t take the problem seriously, and that many men don’t want to come forward. The shelter is run by a private association but it hopes to eventually receive public funding.

Friday
Nov202009

The battered husband who snapped

Anthony Sherna killed his partner after suffering years of abuse, writes Ian Munro in the Sydney Morning Herald.

For almost 20 years he submitted in order to keep the peace. When she demanded he change his surname to prove he loved her, he agreed. When she insisted he not see his friends or family, he complied. When she taunted him by resuming an affair with a former boyfriend and suggested he "grow some balls", he swallowed the insults. When she said he was too smelly to use the toilet at home, he restrained himself until he arrived at work. When she refused to let him sleep in their double bed, he dossed down in the spare room on a camp stretcher.

He was sole breadwinner but she rationed his cigarettes - just 12 each day - and controlled their money. Each week after withdrawing the housekeeping money he handed over the cash, his ATM card and receipts. Now, compliant as ever, Anthony Sherna, 41, is in the Homicide Squad offices with nothing to hide. "I then lost my temper," he tells detective Nigel L'Estrange. "I lost my temper, and I strangled her with the dressing-gown cord until she could no longer breathe."

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