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.

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Sunday
Sep252016

'It doesn't have to end here': ACT anti-domestic violence campaign unveiled | Canberra Times

A woman's legs splay motionless on the floor, a man in dress shirt and tie slumps face-down on the ground, a young boy lies sprawled at the bottom of a staircase, police knock at a front door.

It doesn't have to end here.

That's the message behind a powerful new ACT Domestic Violence Prevention Council campaign aimed at boosting awareness of what domestic and family abuse looks like and to draw attention to it as a whole-of-community problem.

Council chairwoman Marcia Williams said the campaign was "very confronting; deliberately confronting" and was designed to compel Canberrans to seek out more information or to have a conversation with a friend, family member or colleague who could be experiencing violence.

"There are too many people in the ACT who think it doesn't happen," she said.

ACT Victims of Crime commissioner John Hinchey hoped the series of posters and videos would challenge misconceptions that domestic and family abuse was a "private matter", limited to physical violence, and only experienced by women in heterosexual relationships.

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Monday
Sep192016

Anti-violence group slams ‘sexist’ Human Rights Commission decision

Media release - for immediate release - Monday September 19th 2016

Anti-violence group slams ‘sexist’ Human Rights Commission decision

The One in Three Campaign, Australia’s key advocacy organisation for male victims of family violence, has criticized the extraordinary move by Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs to ban male researchers from the 2017 Personal Safety Survey.

“This seems nothing more than an attempt to protect the already heavy gender discrimination influencing and distorting this key survey of violence in Australia,” said campaign researcher Mr Paul Ross.

The survey, conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, is a vitally important piece of research regularly used as the best barometer of family and domestic violence and therefore dictating government policy, resources and funding.

“The public who fund this survey have a right to facts and information that is not distorted by gender-political interests or ideology,” said Mr Ross.

“Few people would be aware that the terms of the survey are dictated and controlled by an advisory group made up of 22 organisations, many of them strongly influenced by feminist ideology. There is not a single organisation representing the interests of men and boys on the group.”

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Sunday
Sep042016

The shame of being a male victim of domestic violence | The Sunday Age

Kathy Evans

Tim* was at low ebb when he met Rose*. His younger sister had recently taken her own life and his parents had split up. Rose, at least initially, made him feel good about life again.

At 23, Tim became a father. During the pregnancy he noticed that Rose could be moody and snappy but put it down to hormones. However, once his daughter was born, the behaviour escalated. She would regularly berate him for the smallest thing; waiting for him outside the bedroom door on a weekend morning, vacuum cleaner in hand; yelling at him if he sat down to watch the television after work. 

Many women overburdened by chores and the demands of a newborn baby as well as struggling fathers might feel some small, secret sympathy towards either party. But Rose became violent. One day, in the midst of a particularly vitriolic row, she slapped him hard across the face.

"I slapped her back," he says frankly. "I was just so shocked." But that, he insists, is the only time he ever retaliated. Over the next few years this vignette was repeated with each episode becoming uglier. Rose would pinch, bite, slap and throw things at him. She would threaten to kill herself and their child.

"Peter" (not his real name) found being a male victim of domestic violence incredibly isolating. He finally suceeded in getting an intervention order against his abusive, alcoholic ex-partner. Photo: Pat Scala

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Wednesday
Aug312016

Men are also victims of domestic abuse | Corrine Barraclough | The Daily Telegraph

White Ribbon Australia is currently promoting its “Walk a mile” campaign to be held on September 2. Its social media posts say this fundraising incentive is “to get the message out that Australia has a domestic violence crisis”.

Yet Dr Don Weatherburn, director of the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR), recently told The Australian: “There is no evidence that we’re in the middle of an epidemic of domestic violence”. Official data from Australian Bureau of Statistics shows violence against women has decreased across the 20 years it’s been studied.

Most recent statistics from the ABS Personal Safety Survey show 1.06 per cent of women are physically assaulted by their partner or ex- partner each year in Australia.

Why the hysteria? Leaning on words like “epidemic” and “crisis” causes an emotional, dramatic response.

Does this mean DV isn’t important? No. But is our approach wrong? Yes.

New research from BOCSAR shows prison is no more effective in deterring DV offenders than a suspended sentence. So where are the long-term answers? Do we take domestic violence seriously or not? Is this about winning votes or finding long-term solutions? Some bow to cultural Marxism; others want fundraising and policy based on facts.

Put down the political football, silence the misleading narrative, take unbiased research seriously, and shift attitudes and policies. Start working on a holistic approach, including programs that address underlying causes of violence such as generational family violence and substance abuse.

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Friday
Aug262016

Vested interests ‘have taken over domestic violence debate’: Leyonhjelm | Bettina Arndt | The Australian

BETTINA ARNDT Columnist @thebettinaarndt

Australia’s approach to dealing with domestic violence is “ideologically driven” and ignores women’s participation, says Liberal Democrats senator David Leyonhjelm, who is seeking more evidence to justify government-funded programs.

“My concern is that vested interests may have taken over the debate. In recent years, successive governments have thrown vast sums at domestic violence services, but the evidence suggests the money is not being spent wisely,” said Senator Leyonhjelm.

He plans to use Senate estimates hearings to interrogate the evidence justifying government domestic violence initiatives. He said he was concerned the domestic violence framework is based on an “ideologically driven agenda which denies female participation in family violence, contrary to a vast body of research both here and overseas”.

Senator Leyonhjelm cited the announcement of new domestic violence guidelines for magistrates and judges released last week by federal Attorney-General George Brandis.

Those broaden the definition for domestic violence to include criticising a partner’s appearance or housework skills or even remaining silent. “The ludicrous, ever-expanding definitions of domestic violence make a mockery of this serious social problem,” he said. Queensland introduced domestic violence legislation this week which requires police to offer “immediate” protection to someone alleging domestic violence. “Our legal system has already gone too far in undermining legal principles such as presumption of innocence,” said Senator Leyonhjelm. “This could further increase the risk of people being arbitrarily removed from their homes and losing contact with their children on the basis of unproven allegations.”

Other crossbench senators have raised concerns on domestic violence. The Nick Xenophon Team’s platform calls for government to “create and fund an evidence-based national awareness campaign with a particular focus on the cultural environment which contributes to family violence similar issues”. Jacqui Lambie has criticised funding cuts to mental health and drug and alcohol services, which address known causes of domestic violence. Pauline Hanson has bemoaned the lack of resources for male victims of domestic violence. The Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed one third of domestic violence victims were male. Senator Leyonhjelm welcomed a commitment last week by the NSW government to provide $13 million over four years for male victims’ services.