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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Thursday
Jul092015

Men our hidden victims | Fairfield City Champion

By Kirstie Chlopicki July 7, 2015, 11:30 p.m.

DOMESTIC violence has affected more than 28, 000 people in NSW during the past year, but what's little known is that many victims are men.

The latest survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that reports of male domestic violence have doubled since 2005 and at least one in three victims of domestic homicide is male, figures that Fairfield community worker Matthew Dillon said should justify more support services for men.

Mr Dillon, who is the team leader at The Parks Community Network centre on Polding Street, said he was inspired to take action after a number of men approached the centre, seeking help.

Now, with the help of production company Decibel as well as funding from the Cabra-Vale Diggers Club, he has launched a DVD documentary on men's health that will be shown for the first time next Tuesday.

"I started to notice that when men came forward I had nothing to offer them because there's nothing out there," he said.

"The system has never been set up to help men and we need to change that."

Mr Dillon said part of the problem was the use of damaging terms such as "man up", especially during childhood, which made men more likely to avoid talking about problems such as depression, emotional abuse, domestic violence or even basic health.

"We're teaching a whole new generation of men that they can't be a victim — they can only be a perpetrator.

"If you're a victim, you're a victim, regardless of gender and we need to be able to offer the same services regardless of gender.

ABS figures that show men are twice as likely to not seek support support Mr Dillon's view.

"At the end of the day I'm just asking people to come together and have a conversation, put aside your prejudices and come up with a solution."

Men's Health Services director Greg Millan will host a men's health forum and an open consultation after the screening of the film; author and social researcher Maggie Hamilton will be the guest speaker.

A Male's Tale will show at Cabra-Vale Diggers on Tuesday, July 14, from 12.30 to 1.30pm with consultation until 5pm. To RSVP call 9609 7400.

Wednesday
Jul082015

1IN3's submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence published

The One in Three Campaign's submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence has been published on their website. You can download a copy here (PDF).

Public hearings are expected to start on Monday, 13 July 2015.

The Royal Commission intends to conduct its  hearings around a series of modules. The public hearings will seek to contribute to the public’s understanding of the family violence system. It will also provide an opportunity for the public to hear from key stakeholders, experts and government representatives, as they discuss matters which may ultimately be the subject of findings and recommendations made by the Royal Commission.

The modules will explore key issues and questions relevant to the family violence system, including the diverse ways in which people experience family violence, the different consequences of family violence and the various times at which people may engage with current systems.

At this stage, the modules are intended to cover:

  • What is family violence, including causes and contributing factors
  • Prevention and early intervention
  • Children and young people
  • Issues around alcohol and drugs, mental health and homelessness
  • The role of the health system
  • Risk assessment and risk management
  • Perpetrator interventions and changing men’s behaviour
  • Police and criminal justice responses
  • Family Violence Intervention Orders
  • Intersection between the intervention order system, family law and child protection law
  • Information sharing between agencies
  • Integrating services
  • Diversity of community experiences
  • Culture change, both in the community and the workplace.

The content of the modules remains subject to change.

The Royal Commission is informing itself in a range of ways and many key issues and questions (including some of those covered in the modules) will also be explored through the stakeholder and expert roundtables.

The Commissioners and Counsel Assisting are in the process of determining who will be called to be witnesses at the public hearings in light of the written submissions, community consultations, stakeholder/expert roundtable meetings and other research activities.  A list of these witnesses will be published on their website prior to hearings.

Unless otherwise directed, public hearings will be open to the public.  Anyone is welcome to attend to watch and listen to the hearings taking place at level 11, 222 Exhibition Street, Melbourne.  The hearings, and those attending them, will be recorded and web streamed through their website.  Please carefully consider your personal circumstances and safety before deciding to attend the hearings.

Transcripts of the public hearings will be uploaded onto their website as soon as practicable.

The Royal Commission may schedule additional hearings if it considers it appropriate to do so.

A Practice Direction outlining the procedural aspects of the public hearings is available from their resources page.

Saturday
Jul042015

Men the often-unreported victims of family violence | The Age

The tragic death of Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh early on Friday has shed a light on the often hidden spectre of men falling victim to family homicide.

While women and girls are more likely to die in domestic disputes, males are the victims in 40 per cent of homicides involving family members, according to a 10-year study by the Australian Institute of Criminology released in May.

Police were called to Mr Walsh's Adelaide home, about 2am on Friday, where he was found with stab wounds. Despite paramedics' efforts, he died at the scene. Police have charged his son with murder.

Women are overwhelmingly more likely than men to die at the hands of their partners, and were the victim in 75 per cent of recorded "intimate partner homicides" between 2002 and 2012.

This is the traditional face of domestic violence.

But when all forms of domestic-related violence are taken into account, that traditional picture is dramatically changed.

Men were more likely to be the victim in parricide (at the hands of their child), accounting for 54 per cent of victims between 2002 and 2012. They were far more likely than women to be killed by a sibling (accounting for 80 per cent of victims), and by extended family members (accounting for 70 per cent of victims). Boys were also marginally more likely to die at the hands of a parent (56 per cent).

In general, men are more likely than women to be both the offender and the victim in domestic and non-domestic homicides.

The only exception is filicide, or the killing of one's children, in which women are marginally more likely (52 per cent of the time) to be the killers.

AIC research officer Willow Bryant said while women were vastly over-represented as victims of domestic violence, the research showed that family violence was a complex area.

"We were hoping with the paper to dispel some of the misconceptions around the most extreme form of family violence, which is obviously family homicide," she said.

For help in a crisis call 000. For help or information regarding domestic violence call the Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service 1800 737 732 or https://www.1800respect.org.au The Men's Referral Service 1300 766 491.

Monday
Jun082015

One in Three Campaign launches Respectful Relationship poster series for young males

One in Three has produced a series of seven free digital poster designs aimed at educating boys and young men about respectful and healthy relationships. Covering issues such as sexual abuse/unwanted sex, social abuse/isolation and physical and emotional abuse, the posters aim to encourage young males not to accept unhealthy or abusive behaviours in their relationships. If the posters are to be used in a co-ed (mixed sex) context, we would expect that other posters be displayed giving similar messages to girls and young women. There are many such posters available from other organisations.

The posters are available as high-resolution PDF files in A3 size, in 7 designs. They are ready to download, print off and display at your school or service.

Design 1 Design 2
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Design 3 Design 4
Design 3 Design 4
Design 5 Design 6
Design 5 Design 6
Design 7  
Design 7  

 

Thursday
Jun042015

National Press Club: Rosie Batty answers question about male victims and female perpetrators (YouTube video)

Australian of the Year and anti-domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty addresses the National Press Club in Canberra.

Here she answers a question from Fairfax journalist Ron Aggs about male victims, female perpetrators, same-sex relationships and broader family violence.

youtube.com/watch?v=hkL7siaXrkk