RECENT NEWS ARTICLES

This page contains a selection of recent news articles and commentary about male victims of violence and abuse plus related issues. These articles are presented as a community service, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the One in Three Campaign.

Please send any relevant news articles to us by clicking here and we will post them on this page.

Monday
Feb112019

Are 'men' the problem?

This is our belated contribution to the #MeToo discussion. When we make female perpetrators invisible, we make their mostly male victims invisible too. Blaming ‘men’ not only makes it harder for male victims to get help, it also puts them at risk of secondary victimisation when they present as a victim yet are treated like a perpetrator.

#MeToo #MenToo #Gillette #TheBestMenCanBe #APA #MenAreTheProblem

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Saturday
Dec292018

WA 10 Year Strategy for Reducing Family and Domestic Violence - have your say!

 

 

10 Year Strategy for Reducing Family and Domestic Violence

The State Government is developing a 10 Year Strategy for Reducing Family and Domestic Violence in Western Australia (the Strategy). It will guide a whole of community approach to prevention and earlier intervention, victim safety and perpetrator accountability. 

The Strategy will include a focus on access and inclusion, and consider the unique and diverse needs of Aboriginal people, people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, LGBTQ+ people, and people in regional and remote Western Australia. 

A dedicated approach to Aboriginal family safety

The Strategy will also include a dedicated approach to Aboriginal family safety. This is in recognition of the significant over-representation of Aboriginal women and children as victims of family violence, the ongoing impact of colonisation for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, and the importance of community owned and led responses grounded in Aboriginal law and culture.

Dedicated consultation processes that focus on working alongside Aboriginal people are being developed to inform this approach. For further information please contact FDVStrategy@communities.wa.gov.au 

Have your say!

To inform development of the Strategy, the Department of Communities is undertaking extensive consultation between December 2018 and June 2019 and wants to hear from all Western Australians. Have your say through a range of options, outlined below.

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Monday
Nov052018

1IN3 Submission to Establishing a National Men's Health Strategy for 2020 to 2030

The One in Three Campaign has lodged a submission as part of the consultation process for Establishing a National Men's Health Strategy for 2020 to 2030.

You can download a copy of the submission from http://www.oneinthree.com.au/storage/pdfs/1IN3_submission_to_NMHS.pdf.

 

Wednesday
Jul182018

Sad news for male victims of family violence in Scotland - please help

There is some very worrying news out of Scotland where one of the pioneers and world leaders in supporting male victims of family violence - Abused Men in Scotland (AMIS) - is in danger of closing its doors.

These quotes are from their latest newsletter. Please support them if you possibly can.

Editorial from Iris Quar, Services Manager, AMIS

We are putting out this special edition of the newsletter to alert our supporters, service users and other stakeholders to the fact that we are in a state of financial crisis.  For some time, our main funder has been the BIG Lottery.  Unfortunately, because of increased funding requests, with no increase in the pot from which funding is granted, the BIG Lottery have reluctantly refused our request for future funding.  I say reluctantly because we have been told by them that our application was of a high quality and, although they see the value in and the demand for our service, tough decisions had to be made. 

Because they believe in our service, the Big Lottery have referred us for pro bono support to Community Enterprise, who are supporting us in exploring alternative funding options.  We are very fortunate to have the support of individuals and groups in the public, private and third sector who are doing all they can to help; and for that we thank them.  We have also benefited greatly from the pro bono input of Indigo, a renowned media and public relations organisation, at this time of crisis. 

We are in discussions with the Scottish Government in relation to the provision of services for male victims of domestic abuse.  Unfortunately, due to the Cabinet reshuffle and the Summer recess, progress is unlikely to be made on the issue before the return of Parliament at the beginning of September.  But we are busy preparing for then in the meantime. 

We have been invited to take part in a programme devoted to male victims of domestic abuse on the Kaye Adams Programme on Wednesday 25th July 2018 on Radio Scotland and hopefully will get the opportunity during that to give an update on our situation then.  We would also encourage any man who has suffered domestic abuse, or anyone affected by or concerned about the domestic abuse of a male family member, friend or colleague or someone with whom you work as a professional, to listen to the programme and, consider calling in to take part in the discussion.       

In the meantime, here are the thoughts and views of some of those who have expressed concerns about support for our service; and their concerns for the future support for male victims of domestic abuse if Scotland loses its only male victim dedicated support service.         

Please feel free to share this information with anyone you think may be interested.  Contact your local and national representatives to let them know your views and to show support for AMIS. 

Donations can be made through our Virgin Money Giving page or by chosing to donate to Abused Men in Scotland when making purchases through easyfundraising.

WHAT WILL IT MEAN FOR MEN IF AMIS IS LOST?

Questions answered by Tom Wood QPM Chair of Abused Men In Scotland

1. How many people does AMIS currently support in Scotland? 

AMIS staff currently deal with 650 telephone and email contacts per year with a running total of around 350 open case files and 250-300 individual new service users each year.

Those active service users receive non-judgemental support with the potential for on-going and face-to-face support, so if AMIS closes in July they will find it very hard or impossible to access the help they currently rely on. Work that is helping reduce the social cost of male domestic abuse will cease.

2. What other impact on individual service users will result from AMIS’s closure? 

Until recently some 20 vulnerable men have been relying on regular face-to-face support through weekly meetings and they would have their support abruptly terminated with risk to themselves and their children. There is no alternative source of this support in Scotland.

 Furthermore, 350 men whose cases are still open would be unable to resume support if/when they need further assistance.

3. Does AMIS have a wider role in tackling the consequences of domestic abuse in Scotland?

Yes, since 2009 we have taken an active part in responsibly giving male victims a voice in in fora, e.g. Police Scotland Domestic Abuse forum and Victims & Witnesses Forum, and in the media. 

And that includes strong advocacy on behalf of the children of abused men, who will become even less visible with potentially devastating effects on their lives.

Moreover, AMIS has built up a vast range of experience in supporting male victims of domestic abuse that will be very hard to replicate if the charity closes. Training for other services based on eight years of experience will cease and therefore male victims’ experience will be inadequate in DA training.

Also, gender-inclusive (where gender differences are acknowledged and the needs of all are explicitly addressed) prevention work with young people will cease, and our planned young people’s web page and text service will not come to fruition. Another generation of young men will enter adulthood with no knowledge they may become victims. Unprepared, they will ignore the warning signs that could have saved them from a life of abuse. 

4. Is AMIS a ‘men’s rights’ charity? 

No, we are a victim support charity with absolutely no political agenda. Our aim is to provide support services to any man (or anyone who does not identify as a woman) over 16, in Scotland, experiencing domestic abuse. We also welcome calls from friends and family who may be concerned about a loved one. We will support any man (including trans-gender and non-binary people), whether in a mixed-sex or same-sex relationship.

5. Can’t men simply access support from other service providers if AMIS closes?

AMIS believes that male domestic abuse victims need specialist support services in Scotland.  AMIS is the only organisation providing a helpline and face-to-face support geared to the specific needs of male victims in Scotland’s communities.

Without AMIS, the distinct perspective and voice of male victims across Scotland will be lost. 

Monday
Apr302018

Response to The Conversation Fact Check from 1IN3

The website The Conversation recently published an article titled, "FactCheck: is domestic violence the leading preventable cause of death and illness for women aged 18 to 44?".

Overall the article is a decent explanation of the difference between burden of disease and risk factors. We hope it will serve to prevent false and misleading claims such as Tanya Plibersek’s statement that “Domestic violence claims more Australian women under 45 than any other health risk, including cancer.

Unfortunately however the team at The Conversation appear to have gone out of their way to try and make it look like a statistic published on One in Three’s website was (at least partially) inaccurate or incomplete, going so far as to take the claim out of context. It is also possible they may not have followed their own Fact Check process.

The Conversation's article also unfortunately contained two errors of fact, one of which has thankfully been corrected.

Lastly, while the article’s finding that, “although intimate partner violence is not a leading cause of death, injury and illness among Australian women aged 18-44, it does appear to be a leading contributor” is technically correct, it is still incomplete and misleading. It is an advocacy statistic designed to amplify the risk intimate partner violence poses to the health and wellbeing of women, and is regularly misquoted by media and government alike (hence the need for the "Fact Check").

An equally correct and less misleading way of presenting the same data would be to say:

Intimate partner violence (physical and sexual violence plus emotional abuse) is not a leading cause of death, injury and illness among Australian women aged 18-44. As one of several known risk factors, it contributes 5.1% toward the burden of disease in Australian women aged 18-44. The vast majority of this burden of disease is anxiety and depression - death and injury contribute very little. Among all Australian women, intimate partner violence contributes an estimated 2.2% to the burden of disease. The leading cause of death for Australian women 15-44 years (2016) was intentional self-harm, with 368 deaths per annum, while there were 50 intimate partner homicides of women of all ages per year in 2012-14. The leading cause of injury for all Australian women was falls (51%), with assaults (of which intimate partner assault is a sub-category) making up 3.2%.

While well-intentioned, efforts to reduce family violence against women that use incomplete, incorrect or misleading statistics unfairly stigmatise men and boys as violent and abusive, while simultaneously denying or downplaying the existence of male victims of violence.

All victims of violence and abuse, whether male or female, deserve policies based upon up-to-date accurate data. Flawed data can only lead to flawed policies and actions, and many children continue to be exposed to violence because of these misinterpretations.

The One in Three Campaign is fully supportive of all genuine programs designed to protect women and children from violence. We are simply seeking similar protection for men and boys and asking that the vast majority who are not violent are no longer tarred with the brush of "violent males." You can read more at oneinthree.com.au/misinformation.

For purposes of transparency, the following is a complete email transcript of One in Three’s correspondence with The Conversation, followed by a video clip outlining The Conversation’s Fact Check methodology. Readers can decide for themselves whether The Conversation followed its own methodology when dealing with One in Three.

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