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Call to stop demonising men and boys

The NSW Government has confirmed making substantial errors in its current Discussion paper on NSW Domestic and Family Violence Strategy. In errata published on the Office for Women's Policy webpage, the Government admits errors that clearly over-inflate the female victimisation rate from partner assault by at least 65 per cent while downplaying the prevalence of violence against men by their former partners. Greg Andresen, spokesman for Men's Health Australia (MHA), said “it concerns us greatly that the Government's paper also demonised young boys by inferring that only boys who are exposed to domestic and family violence are more likely to perpetrate it as adults. When you read the research, it shows that all children exposed to violence risk suffering mental health, behavioural and learning difficulties in the short term, and perpetrating violence as adults in the long term.”

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Women's refuge closed by 'politically correct' council as it does not cater for abused men (UK)

Supporters of a women's refuge were “shocked and stunned” to be told it is being closed - because it does not cater for men. The emergency shelter was set up 13 years ago for women and children and adult males are not allowed to stay. But council officials have now ruled that, because it does not serve both sexes equally, the money used to run the home would be better spent on an ‘outreach service’ to help battered husbands as well as wives in their own homes.

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Violence by our girls increases

Violence by females is on the rise, prompting one school to introduce a program to teach teenage girls about the consequences of bullying. In 2006, police in Victoria were called to more than 3500 family violence incidents in which children were the perpetrators. One in three involved girls, mostly aged 12 to 17. Police also revealed that attacks by boys against their parents rose 19 per cent between 2003 and 2007, but attacks perpetrated by teenage girls grew 30 per cent in the same period. In a survey of 260 families, Mr Gallagher found a quarter of adolescents who perpetrate domestic violence were girls and the victims are usually their mothers. Teaching staff at a secondary school in Gippsland, Victoria, were so overwhelmed by the behaviour of a group of year 9 girls they have begun a program to teach them the consequences of their actions.

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No One Believed Me (USA)

Four Sacramento County Sheriff’s cars pulled up in front of David Woods’s house. He tried to explain to them what happened. But the lead deputy cut him off: “Yeah, that’s fine. Put your hands behind your back.” David said, “No, wait, she stabbed me ... there’s the knife. See the knife? See my neck wound? See?” “Put your hands behind your back. Turn around,” the deputy replied. “No,” David protested. “She stabbed...” The deputies drew their weapons. David’s little daughters came running out of the back bedroom pleading, “Leave Daddy alone! Mamma tried to hurt him with a knife!” One deputy, a woman, took the children in the bedroom and shut the door. David stood there, cuffed.

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Steve McNair - a domestic violence victim (USA)

Police recently concluded that former NFL star Steve McNair was fatally shot in his sleep by girlfriend Sahel Kazemi in a murder-suicide. Yet while there are more than 10,000 media entries on Google News for Steve McNair, only a few of them even mention the phrase domestic violence. Violence by women against their male partners is often ignored or not recognized as domestic violence. Law enforcement, the judicial system, the media and the domestic-violence establishment are still stuck in the outdated "man as perpetrator/woman as victim" conception of domestic violence. Yet more than 200 studies have found that women initiate at least as much violence against their male partners as vice versa. Men account for about a third of domestic-violence injuries and deaths. Research shows women often compensate for their lack of physical strength by employing weapons and the element of surprise -- just as Miss Kazemi is thought to have done.

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