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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Monday
Apr202015

One in Three to present at Strathfield Council Domestic & Family Violence Forum, 13th May

The One in Three Campaign will be presenting on behalf of male victims of family violence at the Strathfield Council Domestic & Family Violence Forum, to be held at the Dutton Centre, 40 Augusta Street, Strathfield, on Wednesday 13th May.

You can download a promotional flyer here. Please circulate through your networks.

More details:

Strathfield Council is hosting a forum for local women and men to raise awareness about the prevention of domestic violence, and the community services available for victims of domestic violence. The forum will be include presentations by Our Watch, Welfare Rights Centre, Legal Aid, One in Three and NSW Police, plus a special performance by Bankstown Boys Primary School.

Location: The Dutton Centre, 40 Augusta Street, Strathfield
Date: Wednesday 13 May, 10.30am – 2pm
RSVP: Friday 1 May to Genevieve Carey on 9748 9999

Tea and Coffee and BBQ lunch included. Please advise of dietary requirements at time of booking.

Sunday
Apr122015

Domestic violence against men hits record high…. | EQUALITY 4 MEN

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Domestic violence against men in Northern Ireland has risen by more than 40% in the past nine years according to a report in the Belfast Telegraph.

Since records began in 2004/5, there has been a 41% increase in reported domestic violence offences against men aged 18 and over, compared with a rise of 9% for women in the same period.

In recent years there has been a growing awareness that men are the hidden victims of domestic violence.

Research spanning over 40 years has consistently found that women are just as likely to perpetrate domestic violence as men. The key difference is that women are more likely to be injured or killed.

Yet men still represent a substantial proportion of victims who are assaulted (50%), injured (30%) or killed (25%) during a violent attack by an intimate partner, according to leading experts.

Despite the dramatic rise in men reporting in Northern Ireland, they still account for just 9% of reported incidents which suggests that many male victims are still suffering in silence.

Research shows that male victims of domestic violence are less likely to get the help and support they need. Men are twice as likely to tell no-one about the violence and are far less likely to see their abusive partner brought to justice.

Peter Morris of  Men’s Aid Northern Ireland said:

“We know there are many men in Northern Ireland who are living in fear of their partners and we want them to know there is help out there.

“Shame is a major factor for male victims. It’s why a lot of them don’t come forward and don’t want to talk about it.

“Men are also reluctant to seek help because they think to do so may imply they are weak and not masculine. On top of all that, there’s a lack of support agencies for men and difficult for these organisations to get funding.”

Photo Credit: Flickr/Stingrays

Sunday
Apr122015

Domestic violence against men 'under-reported' in the ACT | Canberra Times

Ben Westcott, Reporter at The Canberra Times

An ACT relationship support service says reported family violence cases with men as the victims is possibly under-reported due to the stigma associated with it.

Relationships Australia ACT psychologist Bernadette Post said while the vast majority victims who sought help were women and children, Canberra men also came through their doors.

"We work with men who are being subjected to violence and abuse by their female partners, as well as men in same sex relationships and mutual couple violence situations," she said.

"It is often difficult for men to report they are a victim of violence from their intimate partner and there is more stigma surrounding this issue for men who are often reluctant to talk about this or seek help.

"It is possible that this issue is under-reported and it is a complex issue with many layers."

Ms Post said while the intent of women's violence towards men was often different, it could still leave a man with a range of distressing emotions.

"It often does not have the extreme fear factor involved in a long term 'power and control' motivated violence," she said.

"However it can leave a man feeling confused, humiliated, manipulated, powerless and shamed, amongst a range of other distressing emotions.

"This experience can be compounded by society's expectations of men ... as being in control, strong and dominant."

According to statistics provided by domestic violence service OurWatch, one in 19 men in Australia has experienced physical or sexual violence from a current or former partner, while one in seven has experienced emotional abuse.

The statistics are far below women, for whom one in six has experienced domestic violence and one in four has experienced emotional abuse.

One In Three senior researcher Greg Andresen said there was a lack of services for male victims of domestic violence in the community, as well as for women.

"We're still playing catch-up when it comes to men," he said.

"They're just not available. I have a colleague who works on the south coast of NSW and it's a problem he sees ... we've still got to work through some of these issues."

Mr Andresen said discussing the difficulties men had as victims of domestic violence in no way diminished violence suffered by women at the hands of their partners.

"We should be supporting all victims," he said.

"We should be supporting men, women, children, anyone who's a victim of domestic violence.

"They need all the support they can get."

Saturday
Mar282015

Home violence not just at the hands of men | Toowoomba Chronicle

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BRENDAN is a big man with a big heart.

And it's that big heart that almost cost him everything - his home, his belongings, his emotional health and his newborn daughter.

The council worker is slowly recovering from eight months of hell at the hands of a woman who declared her undying love for him.

Brendan hooked up with the woman last March.

She was a close friend the 28-year-old had known since high school.

The relationship came out of the blue for the physically fit, 185cm-tall, unassuming chap from NSW.

"We just sort of took a bit of a pot-shot I suppose and thought, 'well, why not see how we go in a relationship and play it from there'," he said.

"We had a fair bit in common, we got along as friends, and we thought it would work out all right."

About eight weeks after the relationship started, Brendan helped move his girlfriend from Queensland to NSW.

They set up a small house and began negotiating the path from friendship to love.

Within weeks, the cracks began to appear.

At first, his new partner started checking his phone calls and text messages.

Before long his newly pregnant spouse had banned him from seeing his parents.

She also hacked into his computer, raided his passwords and began trawling through his email, Facebook and bank account.

It wasn't long before the abuse started.

Click to read more ...

Thursday
Mar122015

1IN3 interview on ABC Radio Gippsland Breakfast with Sian Gard

Domestic violence is a problem that impacts on many people. Regardless of age, sex, wealth, education and status domestic violence is a problem in Gippsland, but men are rarely seen as the victims.

Greg Andresen is the Senior Researcher from the One in Three campaign, a group formed in 2009 to raise awareness that one in three men are victims of domestic violence.

Greg speaks to Sian Gard about the very rarely talked about topic, men are victims of domestic violence.

LISTEN TO GREG ANDRESEN TALK ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AGAINST MEN HERE

If you are a male victim of domestic violence you can contact Mensline on 1300 78 99 78 for support and help.