RECENT NEWS ARTICLES

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Monday
Apr142014

Domestic violence study suspended by UNSW for breach of ethics

An online ‘domestic violence study’ has been ordered offline by the University of NSW Human Research Ethics Committee.

Flyers published by the survey organisers have been ordered destroyed.

The study, being conducted by the Gendered Violence Research Network, White Ribbon Australia and Youth Action NSW, was found by the Ethics Committee to have breached the University’s code of ethics.

The decision comes after a national coalition of men’s health advocates made a formal complaint to the University claiming the survey was gender-biased, poorly formulated and misleading. They argued it could not achieve its stated aims and any consequent findings would be unreliable and likely to mislead the public.

Chair of the Ethics Committee, Professor Heather Worth, found that a quote on the original flyers claiming that “childhood exposure to intimate violence increased the likelihood of intergeneration violence particularly amongst boys” was incorrect. The ethics committee has ordered that the flyers be destroyed and replaced by a new flyer that has correct information, including any quotes.

Professor Worth also found that the participants’ information sheet referred to by the survey was not accessible as claimed. The Ethics Committee has instructed that the survey be suspended until the link is in place.

Men’s Health Australia spokesman Greg Andresen said, “We congratulate the University for investigating our complaint so speedily and acting upon these ethical breaches. It is essential that domestic violence research, especially that involving young people, is conducted properly.”

“The incorrect statement in question was lifted directly from current White Ribbon ‘Fact Sheets’ that haven’t been corrected. The University’s investigation determined that some of the methodological issues raised in our complaint would be dealt with in peer review of the findings when the authors submit publications for review. We trust that White Ribbon Australia plans to subject this study to the rigours of the peer review process prior to publishing any reports on its website. It is regretfully common that much gendered violence ‘research’ makes it into the public domain without going anywhere near peer review challenge,” said Mr Andresen.

Media contact:

Greg Andresen
Editor, Men’s Health Australia
Email
Mobile 0403 813 925

Thursday
Jan302014

Change.org petition to provide gender neutral services so all victims get help (UK)

Petition by Smash Devon Exeter, United Kingdom, petitioning David Cameron, Ministry of justice to provide gender neutral services so all victims get help.

As a survivor of sexual abuse spanning 29 years I have been lucky enough to have varying levels of support from services that help women recover from such ordeals. I cant say my life is perfect after such suffering but I can at least be thankful I have had some support.

I have written the following articles on abuse

http://www.scribd.com/doc/177251489/Untitled

http://www.scribd.com/doc/190786086/Untitled

http://www.scribd.com/doc/172258313/Untitled

http://twitdoc.com/view.asp?id=116318&sid=2HR2&ext=DOCX&lcl=When-rape-isn-t-rape.docx&usr=MaleAbuseHelp&doc=187397717&key=key-1vtfwttpdd9pj0r1k61a

My brother on the other hand had little support and has had his life destroyed by heroine. There is few services that help the 1/6 men who suffer sexual violence. Most rape crisis centres dont help men eventhough rape has a devastating affect on all. There is I think 2 refuges that provide shelter to the 800,000 men who fall victim to domestic violence. There is no 24 hour helpline for men needing support and advice. We have a government policy regarding violence against women but not the same for violence against men, again presuming its only women who are the victims. While services for women get allocated £40m to support women suffering from domestic violence mens services get just £225k. It is estimated that there are 1.2m women victims and 800,000 male victims. All statistics are a estimate but while on average each woman who suffers get £33 a man gets 27p. Men deserve to receive the same support as women.

I would like to see:

  • Gender neutral campaigns highlighting all can be abused.
  • A dedicated 24 hour help line for male victims of domestic violence
  • Refuges for men suffering domestic violence
  • Training given to police forces on how to best support male victims
  • Specialised counselling services for male victims of sexual violence
  • A government policy working towards ending violence against all
  • A male victims of domestic violence male rape fund.

We all deserve support when we have been traumatised, not just some.

Click here to sign this petition.

Monday
Dec302013

When men become victims of abuse

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Illustration: Jamie Smetkowski

December 30, 2013

Domestic violence is more common over the Christmas break, fuelled by alcohol consumption, family tension and financial issues. A small but significant number of the victims are men, writes Mark White.

Jamie*, a minister of religion in his 60s, spent his 36-year marriage "walking on egg shells". He'd had a very controlling childhood where he'd been told to do the opposite of what he felt was right.

"That's partly why I fell in love with my wife," he says. "She reminded me of my mother." Within weeks of their 1971 wedding, she was throwing things at him, screaming she hated him, walking out and saying she would never come back. "I was far away from where my parents lived, and I thought I would be kicked out of the seminary if the marriage broke down," he says. "So I felt trapped. I just tried to work inside the system, keep things calm. Once the children started arriving, it was too late."

The blow-ups happened once a month at the start, but were almost daily by the end. "I was trying to hang in there," he says.

But 36 years seems a long time to hang in. "Guys can run away to work. I did a lot of running away to work. At home … I did a lot of numbing out."

About 10 years ago, she got on top of him in bed and started hitting him - windmilling at him, screaming that she hated him and that she hoped he would go to hell. He had never told anyone what had been happening - he's marked off dozens of items on a domestic violence checklist, including financial control, using sex for favours, limiting his freedom, pinning him on the floor, kicking the pets, humiliating him, putting him down in front of the children, bagging him to friends and colleagues - but the next day, on his regular morning walk with a pastor friend, that changed.

He started crying and spoke up. ''I love you,'' his friend said, ''I support you, but this is on some weird planet.'' Jamie felt ashamed; men are supposed to be able to take care of themselves, and he was letting a woman beat up on him.

Uncovering the staggering depth of brutality women used to be subject to at home without question - and denouncing it - is one of the signature civilising social movements of the past 40 years. To this day, women are more likely to be severely injured, assaulted or killed at home. But are a smaller but significant number of men victims of domestic violence, too? And are they falling through the cracks?

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Tuesday
Dec172013

Domestic violence against men has doubled since 2005 - ABS

The number of men who report experiencing domestic violence from their current partner has almost doubled since 2005, according to a new survey released last week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The ABS Personal Safety Survey 2012 collected information from men and women aged 18 years and over about their experience of violence since the age of 15.

Between 2005 and 2012 there was a 20 per cent decrease in the proportion of men who had experienced all forms of violence in the 12 months prior to interview.

Going against this general trend however, the rate of men reporting current partner violence since the age of 15 rose alarmingly by 175% in the same period (an estimated 119,600 men reported such violence in 2012). The rate of men reporting dating violence since the age of 15 also rose by 140% since the 2005 survey. The vast majority of perpetrators of dating and partner violence against men were female - only 6 or 7 per cent of incidents involved same-sex violence.

The rate of men reporting current partner violence in the 12 months prior to interview quadrupled (a rise of 394%), however these estimates are considered too unreliable for general use because of the small number of men interviewed for the 2005 survey. The ABS surveyed 11,800 females but only 4,500 males in 2005 - a sampling gender bias that worsened in the 2012 survey, where only 22 per cent of respondents were male.

“There are a number of factors involved in this rise in reported domestic violence against men,” said Greg Andresen, Senior Researcher with the One in Three Campaign, established in 2009 to raise public awareness of the existence and needs of male victims of family violence and abuse.

“Growing community awareness of the issue generated by campaigns such as One in Three means men are more willing to come forward and disclose their experience of domestic abuse. Men face a great deal of shame when admitting being abused by their wives or partners. Knowing that other men are in a similar situation can really help in lessening the embarrassment for many guys.”

The 2012 Survey found that men were less than half as likely as women to have told anybody about partner violence, to have sought advice or support, or to have contacted the police.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if the level of domestic violence against men is also on the rise due to the one-sided approach to the issue taken by successive governments and NGOs such as Amnesty International and the White Ribbon Foundation. Saying ‘no’ to violence against women is important, but by not saying that violence against men is equally wrong, we send the message to some women that it’s OK to abuse their partners,” said Mr Andresen.

The ABS Personal Safety Survey 2012 found that:

  • at least one in three victims of current partner violence, emotional abuse and stalking during the last 12 months were male
  • around one in three victims of physical violence by a boyfriend/girlfriend or date since the age of 15 were male
  • almost one in three victims of sexual assault during the last 12 months were male
  • more than one in three victims of  physical and/or sexual abuse before the age of 15 were male.

MEDIA CONTACT

Greg Andresen, Senior Researcher, One in Three Campaign, 0403 813 925 or info@oneinthree.com.au

Download media release as PDF.

Wednesday
Dec112013

Latest ABS Personal Safety Survey shows one in three victims of domestic violence is male

One in three victims of domestic violence in Australia is male, according to a new report released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The ABS Personal Safety Survey 2012 collected information from men and women aged 18 years and over about their experience of violence since the age of 15.

“The survey found that one in three victims of current partner violence during the last 12 months (33.3 per cent) and since the age of 15 (33.5 per cent) were male,” said Greg Andresen, Senior Researcher with the One in Three Campaign, established in 2009 to raise public awareness of the existence and needs of male victims of family violence and abuse.

This survey was the first to collect detailed data about the experience of partner emotional abuse. Emotional abuse occurs when a person is subjected to certain behaviours or actions that are aimed at preventing or controlling their behaviour with the intent to cause them emotional harm or fear. These behaviours are characterised in nature by their intent to manipulate, control, isolate or intimidate the person they are aimed at. They are generally repeated behaviours and include psychological, social, economic and verbal abuse.

Mr Andresen said, “This survey demonstrates that not only do males make up a substantial proportion of victims of physical assault in the home, but emotional abuse as well. More than one in three victims of emotional abuse by a partner during the last 12 months (37.1 per cent) and since the age of 15 (36.3 per cent) were male. Around half of these men experienced anxiety or fear due to the abuse.”

The survey found that males also made up a substantial proportion of victims of dating violence. Around one in three (32.1 per cent) victims of physical violence by a boyfriend/girlfriend or date since the age of 15 were male.

“Regrettably, a significant proportion of victims of domestic violence is currently excluded from the Federal Government’s domestic violence strategy simply on the basis of their gender. These men lack many of the programs and services available to other victims,” said Mr Andresen.

The One in Three Campaign is calling on the Federal Government to include male victims of violence in the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010 – 2022, and to heed the findings of the NSW Government Standing Committee on Social Issues' recent report on domestic violence. The report found there is a “gap in services for male victims and the government [should] examine how services can most appropriately be provided to male victims of domestic violence.”

To coincide with the launch of the new Personal Safety Survey data, the Campaign has released personal video interviews with two male victims of domestic violence on its website and YouTube.

Mr Andresen said, “We hope these interviews will shed more light upon the issues and struggles that men go through when faced with domestic abuse and encourage more men to come forward and disclose what is happening to them behind closed doors.”

MEDIA CONTACT

Greg Andresen, Senior Researcher, One in Three Campaign, 0403 813 925 or info@oneinthree.com.au

Download media release as PDF.