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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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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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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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“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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First refuges for battered husbands offer support to male victims (UK)

The Next Steps Housing Association has created 100 places in 35 refuge houses across Northamptonshire for husbands and partners of abusive women. Spokesperson Dawn Hardie said while researching domestic violence refuges she discovered there was virtually no system of support for men who had been beaten by their partners. She said: 'There is still a very strong stigma attached to men who say they have been the victims of domestic violence. "Statistically, men are more likely to be killed in domestic violence cases than women, and yet we found there was absolutely nowhere for these men to go to escape." As well as offering places to male victims, the charity will take on women victims who have older male children and want to be re-homed together.

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