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Thursday
Sep032009

Call to stop demonising men and boys

The NSW Government has confirmed making substantial errors in its current Discussion paper on NSW Domestic and Family Violence Strategy. In errata published on the Office for Women's Policy webpage, the Government admits errors that clearly over-inflate the female victimisation rate from partner assault by at least 65 per cent while downplaying the prevalence of violence against men by their former partners. Greg Andresen, spokesman for Men's Health Australia (MHA), said “it concerns us greatly that the Government's paper also demonised young boys by inferring that only boys who are exposed to domestic and family violence are more likely to perpetrate it as adults. When you read the research, it shows that all children exposed to violence risk suffering mental health, behavioural and learning difficulties in the short term, and perpetrating violence as adults in the long term.”

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