RECENT NEWS ARTICLES

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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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Friday
Nov202009

Music teacher jailed for student sex

A former Ballarat teacher will spend Christmas behind bars for having sex with two students. Michelle Lynn Dennis, 33, had sex with the boys, aged 14 and 17, while employed as a music teacher at Ballarat High School. The County Court at Ballarat heard that Dennis sent more than 1300 text messages to the students over a two-year period. She also sent one of the boys naked pictures of herself and invited one of his friends to have a threesome with them. Dennis pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual penetration of a child under supervision and one count of sexual penetration of a child under 16. She was convicted and sentenced to four years and three months' jail, with a minimum of two years and 10 months to serve.

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Friday
Nov202009

Murdered toddler craved his mother's love

Before she murdered her two-year-old son, Rachel Pfitzner used to lock him out of the house. Every week their neighbours in Rosemeadow saw Dean Shillingsworth pounding on the glass doors, pleading to be let in. ''Mummy, Mummy, I am sorry,'' the banished toddler would cry. She hit him when he wet himself or took leftover food, his hunger driving him from bed at night to look for scraps. She yelled at him constantly. But Dean kept craving his mother's love. According to prosecutors, ''even though he was frequently being punished by his mother, Dean was constantly seeking affection from her''. She saw this as ''overly clingy''. Her fuse grew even shorter. She murdered Dean on October 11, 2007, the same day a court ordered that Dean be returned to the care of his paternal grandmother, Ann Coffey.

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Friday
Nov202009

Men Demand Laws That Punish Women (Botswana)

Selebi-Phikwe — Men have been urged to discard their egos and report any form of abuse by their female counterparts so gender-based violence programmes can include them.

Because men tend to sweep such abuses under the carpet, it appears as if the available programmes exclude them. During a gender-based workshop on Wednesday male participants who were drawn from BCL and Botswana Prisons indicated that they succumb to abuse by women but because of their traditional upbringing they suffer in silence for fear of being treated as weaklings.

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