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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Tuesday
Mar122019

Exciting new avenues for violence-prevention ignored so as to fit the gendered violence narrative

As someone working in the field of family violence prevention, I was interested to read Jane Gilmore’s latest article in The Age titled "This is why sexist jokes are dangerous." In it, Gilmore cites a recent study by US researchers Jennifer Ruh Linder and W. Andrew Collins published in the Journal of Family Psychology. Gilmore writes,

"Longitudinal research published by the Journal of Family Psychology found that while seeing violence between parents had a significant impact on the likelihood of boys using violence as adults, the attitudes of their friends when they were 16 years of age had an even stronger impact. These findings have been duplicated in many other studies and prove the point that poor attitudes to women and gender normalise and enable violence against women."

Reading Linder and Collins’ study, I was surprised to discover that not only had Gilmore gotten her facts wrong, she had ignored interesting and relevant findings from the study that could potentially reduce family violence (or, in Gilmore’s language, reduce "violence against women").

The study actually didn’t investigate the attitudes of boys’ friends when they were 16 years of age AT ALL. It found that "individuals who had higher quality friendships at 16 years of age reported lower levels of perpetration and victimisation in subsequent romantic relationships at 21 years of age", and "observed conflict management at 21 years of age was best predicted by friendship quality." In other words, when boys (and girls) have stronger peer friendships, they are less likely to become perpetrators or victims of family violence, and are more likely to resolve relationship conflict without the use of violence.

Gilmore was correct that the study found seeing violence between parents affected the use of violence as adults, but it didn't find that it increased the likelihood of boys using violence. Instead it found that at 21 years of age, witnessing of partner violence was associated positively with victimisation. As well as Gilmore getting this fact wrong, this wasn’t actually one of the most significant findings of the study.

The most consistent predictor of both perpetration and victimisation at 21 as well as 23 years of age was parent–child boundary violations at 13 years of age. Parent-child boundary violations was a combined measure of two other measures: seductive relationship and boundary dissolution.

"Seductive relationship rated behaviours occurring between the parent [usually the mother] and adolescent that usually occur only between romantic partners. Examples of such behaviours included intrusive physical contact, private jokes, and intimate or coy voices. Boundary dissolution referred to three types of intrusive or overly familiar behaviours: "spousification", in which the adolescent met the caretaking needs of the parent; "parentification," in which the adolescent displayed nurturance or limit setting as a parent would; and peer-role diffusion, in which both the adolescent and the parent acted in a manner similar to adolescents. Examples of such behaviours included signs of disrespect of the parent by the child, high levels of caretaking of the parent by the child, and avoidance of responsibility by the parent."

These parent–child boundary violations "had not been considered previously in research on relationship violence. Those individuals who experienced higher levels of behaviours such as casually seductive and role-reversal behaviours by the parent in early adolescence reported higher levels of physical perpetration and victimisation in their romantic relationships in early adulthood."

“In addition to the significant impact of boundary violations, negative parent–child interactions in adolescence also contributed to likelihood of later physical aggression. Negative interactions in the parent–child relationship at 13 years of age were positively associated with victimisation at 21 years of age. Individuals with a history of hostile, negative, and conflictual parent–child interactions were more likely to be victims in their romantic relationships.”

The study also found that at 23 years of age, childhood abuse was correlated positively with both perpetration and victimisation. It found, like most other studies, that most dating violence was bilateral. And finally, the study found that family violence was gendered, but not in the way Gilmore would like to think: at 23 years of age, male participants reported higher levels of victimisation than female participants.

The study provides exciting new avenues for further violence-prevention research.

"…The almost exclusive focus on early family violence as the primary factor in the likelihood of children’s later violent relationships provides an incomplete picture of the development of romantic aggression. Quality of parent–child relationship experiences in adolescence had predictive power above and beyond early family violence and was a more consistent predictor of physical aggression and conflict management. In addition, friendship quality was a key predictor of romantic aggression, especially of observable conflict management skills in romantic relationships."

It’s a great pity that it appears Gilmore’s ideological blinders caused her to fit the study’s actual findings into her pre-existing “violence against women” narrative so that she not only misled readers with major factual errors, but also missed out on disseminating the most exciting findings of the study that show great promise at reducing family violence.

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.