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.

Tuesday
Apr262016

One in Three's submission to Senate inquiry into domestic violence and gender inequality

The One in Three Campaign's submission to the Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee's inquiry into domestic violence and gender inequality has been published on the inquiry's website.

You can download a PDF copy from here.

The submission makes the following arguments:

  1. A comprehensive literature review demonstrates the risk factors that contribute to the prevalence of domestic violence. Gender stereotypes and gender inequality are not present. Taxpayer resources would be better spent addressing the risk factors for domestic violence and exploring solutions that have been proven to make a real reduction in prevalence rates. 
  2. The picture of gender in Australia is not that either men or women fare better overall, but that each gender has its areas that need improvement. Governments need to work hard to ensure that all Australians, whether born male, female or intersex, have the opportunity to live happy, healthy, productive lives, and to fulfil their potential. 
  3. Research shows that the vast majority of relationships involve equal power between partners. Relationships in which one partner is dominant are in the minority, and are just as likely to be female-dominant as male-dominant. 
  4. By reducing the existing gender inequality in service provision for victims of domestic and family violence, as recommended by all major recent inquiries, governments will reduce the prevalence of domestic violence. 
  5. We are concerned that supporting a position that gender inequality contributes to the prevalence of domestic violence may overlook the fact that women are the greatest family violence risk to children, and is likely to prevent addressing of this issue to increase the safety of children. 
  6. Gender stereotypes about men (that they should be tough and strong) prevent many male victims from disclosing their abuse because of the challenges such disclosure brings to their sense of manhood. 
  7.  Existing attitudes by young people to both violence against women and violence against men need to be improved. Any campaigns targeting children and young people should be presented in a gender-neutral fashion with the aim of encouraging respectful relationships whether young people are male, female or intersex, straight or gay.
Tuesday
Apr192016

ABC Fact Check corrects Fact File on Domestic violence in Australia

Recently the ABC's Fact Check program published a Fact File on Domestic violence in Australia. The Fact File directly addresses the One in Three Campaign's claim that one in three victims of family violence is male.

One in Three responded to Fact Check via their website and Facebook page, and Fact Check are to be congratulated for amending their Fact File soon afterwards.

They published our critique in full on their website at www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-12/domestic-violence-one-in-three-respond/7315552, which reads as follows:

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Saturday
Apr092016

Senate Inquiry recommends Australian Government recognise the need to provide appropriate services to male victims of domestic and family violence

In August 2015, the Australian Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee handed down their report into domestic violence in Australia. It made a number of positive findings and recommendations with regard to male victims of family violence. The most important was Recommendation 15:

8.54 The committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government recognise the need to provide appropriate services to male victims of domestic and family violence.

This follows on from the August 2012 report of The NSW Government Legislative Council’s Standing Committee on Social Issues inquiry into domestic violence trends and issues in NSW, which recognised:

...the gap in services for male victims and [encouraged] the [NSW] government to examine how services can most appropriately be provided to male victims of domestic violence.

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Wednesday
Apr062016

Says Who? Panel Discussion: Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence: What's gender got to do with it? (Sydney, NSW)

This event looks to be another in a long line of events supposedly taking a serious look at the issue of male victims, female perpetrators, and family violence in GLBTIQ relationships (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scEteKLqqdQ for example). In reality it appears to be yet another attempt to shore up the old 'gendered violence' dominant paradigm which is currently under serious and sustained threat by voices of reason who argue that our society has the capacity to support all victims of family violence. We hope we are proved wrong. 

When: 21 Apr 2016, 6pm - 8pm
Venue: Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, Philip St Sydney
Who: UNSW Arts & Social Sciences


The past 12 months have seen a significant increase in public awareness of domestic, family and sexual violence, but is the attention too narrowly focused on men’s violence against women? To what extent should we acknowledge and address male victimisation and female perpetration? How should we recognise and respond to domestic, family and sexual violence in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community? Moreover, what factors other than gender contribute to the prevalence of these types of abuse?

Join us for a UNSW Says Who? panel discussion featuring leaders who are tackling some of these important and contentious gendered violence issues.

This event is organised by UNSW Arts & Social Sciences home to the Gendered Violence Research Network.

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Wednesday
Mar162016

Why female violence against men is society's last great taboo | The Telegraph (UK)

By Martin Daubney

It’s time for us to face up to an ugly truth: it’s not just men who can be murderers and violent, abusive attackers of the opposite sex.

This was brought into grim focus last week with the horrific case of Sharon Edwards, 42, who brutally murdered her husband, David, 51, by stabbing a 13-inch carving knife through his heart.

A serial man-abuser, Mrs Edwards inflicted 60 stabbing and prodding wounds to her husband. While in court, Sharon brazenly lied that David “walked into” the knife. She is currently serving at least 20 years in jail for murder.

You could argue, or pray, that Sharon Edwards is a monstrous one-off. Yet cases of female brutality against men – and other women – seem to be becoming more prevalent.

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