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Jun052010

Domestic violence strikes men hard

By Graham Mabury, 882 6PR - Nightline, weeknights from 8pm

It’s almost 30 years since I took a call on Nightline I will never forget. A distraught woman was in a public phone box, having fled into the night, battered and fearing for her life.

We linked her with services to ensure her safety and provide some assistance.

I’ve tried ever since to speak against domestic violence by males and to advocate for support services for survivors and rehabilitation resources for perpetrators.

Now a new journey is beginning – supporting male victims.

We’ve had awareness campaigns regarding abuse of women and children, and that’s vital.

We must now embrace another reality.

In the words of former Governor-General Bill Hayden: “Men, too, are victims. Women, too, are perpetrators.”

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