RECENT NEWS ARTICLES

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Tuesday
Apr282009

Social Stress Linked to Increased Dating Violence

New research from the University of New Hampshire finds that increased social stress in childhood and young adulthood has a direct link to increased dating violence. Conducted by Murray Straus, co-director of the UNH Family Research Laboratory and professor of sociology, the research is based on a 32-nation study and shows that Taiwan has the highest level of social stress. The preeminent researcher in his field, Straus presented the new research at the conference on “War, Terrorism, and Social Stress: Impacts on Crime and the Criminal Justice System” at the Institute of Criminology, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Monday, May 4, 2009. “The current economic stress in the United States and around the world is likely to result in more violence, including more physical abuse of children and more violence between partners,” Straus says.

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Sunday
Apr052009

Women's refuges told to help male domestic violence victims or lose their funding (UK)

Many charities have been told that they must extend their counselling and outreach services to men because of new equality laws which require local authorities to ensure that services do not discriminate on grounds of sex. Fiona Mactaggart, the former Home Office minister, said an “unintended consequence” of the law has meant some domestic violence services have lost grants or contracts for refusing to do so. When council contracts came up for tender, many branches are being told that they must provide services such as advice and counselling to men or lose their funding. The new Gender Equality Duty, created under The Equality Act 2006, requires that ’public bodies must promote and take action to bring about gender equality, which involves: looking at issues for men and women’.

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Sunday
Apr052009

Shame of the battered husband

Men are being stabbed, punched and scalded with hot food and water by abusive partners, the first study of its kind in WA confirmed. Researchers at Edith Cowan University say domestic violence goes both ways - though female-on-male assaults are rarely acknowledged. The extent of the problem is underestimated because many men are too ashamed to come forward says lead researcher Alfred Allan. “Shame is something we have come across quite regularly," Prof. Allan said. "Males won't easily admit abuse because it's seen to be not manly and they feel they wouldn't be believed.” The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates 33,200 WA men may have experienced violence at the hands of a partner.

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Friday
Mar272009

NSW Domestic and Family Violence Strategic Framework ignores male victims

Men's Health Australia has written a submssion to the NSW Government's Discussion Paper on the NSW Domestic and Family Violence Strategic Framework, pointing out that it ignores all the evidence about male victims and female perpetrators of domestic and family violence.

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Tuesday
Mar242009

“Marionette Murderers”: The Stephanie Rengel case reveals a flaw in the way we categorize homicides (Canada)

There is a social lesson to be drawn from this crime that has not been touched on so far. When sexual jealousy pushes controlling females to the point of murder, they very often recruit a male surrogate to carry out the actual deed. The lesson to be drawn? It is well known that spousal homicides are perpetrated in a two-to-one ratio by men against women. What is not understood is that this ratio has been established using murder statistics that deal only with direct murders. That is to say, if a man kills another man at the behest of the victim's partner, the crime is registered as a homicide, not as a spousal killing. But in fact it is just as much a spousal killing as if the woman had done it herself, since the actual murderer - just as in the murder of Stephanie Rengel - would not have committed the crime, and has been coerced into it through sexual weakness or the threat of the loss of his relationship to the woman.

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