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Jan192015

NSW Police acknowledge male victims of intimate partner violence

NSW Police today took the rare and long-overdue step of acknowledging male victims of intimate partner violence and their children with this post on their Facebook Page which is quickly going viral, with many supportive comments underneath it.

While 1 in 5 victims of intimate partner assaults attended by NSW Police are male, 1 in 3 victims of all domestic assaults attended by NSW Police are male. Let's not forget the male victims who are assaulted by other family members - sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, extended members of the family.

We have heard hundreds of stories of male victims and their children being treated poorly by NSW Police over the past 5 years, so lets hope this post isn't just a PR exercise and that there is genuine cultural change on the ground.

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It could well be that the rate for male victimization is higher. Many studies, over decades of study, have shown that males are abused in equal, if not slightly higher, rates. Read this exerpt from one study by an American Professor: REFERENCES EXAMINING ASSAULTS BY WOMEN ON THEIR SPOUSES OR MALE PARTNERS: AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY
Martin S. Fiebert
Department of Psychology
California State University, Long Beach
Last updated: September 2008
SUMMARY: This bibliography examines 246 scholarly investigations: 187 empirical studies and 59 reviews and/or analyses, which demonstrate that women are as physically aggressive, or more aggressive, than men in their relationships with their spouses or male partners. The aggregate sample size in the reviewed studies exceeds 237,750.

Read more from leading researchers: Domestic Violence Experts: Research Has Discredited the Woman-as-Victim/Man-as-Perp DV Model
John Hamel, LCSW, a court-certified batterer treatment provider and author of the book Gender-Inclusive Treatment of Intimate Partner Abuse:
“Men account for half of all DV victims and incur a third of DV-related injuries. Ignoring female-on-male violence inhibits our efforts to combat domestic violence.”
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Dr. Daniel J. Whitaker of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, describing a 2007 study published in the American Journal of Public Health:
“[H]alf of [violent relationships] were reciprocally violent. In nonreciprocally violent relationships, women were the perpetrators in more than 70% of the cases.”
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Dr. Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling of the University of South Alabama:
"Every time we tried to say that women's intimate partner abuse is different than men's, the evidence did not support it."
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Dr. Donald Dutton, author of Rethinking Domestic Violence:
"My independent research as to gender and domestic violence reveals that women use all forms of domestic violence at least as frequently as do men and with very similar effects on male victims."
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A meta-analytic review of 552 domestic violence studies published in the Psychological Bulletin found that 38% of the physical injuries in heterosexual domestic assaults are suffered by men.

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Psychology professor Marlene Moretti of Simon Fraser University:

"Both boys and girls who observe their mothers engaging in violence toward her partners tend to use more violence in their romantic relationships. Moreover, such girls are more likely to be aggressive with their peers."
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Murray A. Straus, Professor of Sociology and Co-Director Family Research Laboratory University of New Hampshire:
"I have conducted surveys of nationally representative samples of American families funded by the National Institutes of Health in 1975, 1985, and 1992.
"In 2006 I conducted a study of partner violence in 32 nations. In all of these studies, the rate of men victimized by physical and psychological attacks by their partners is about the same as the rate of women victimized by male partners...

"Physical attacks by women account for about a third of the injuries."
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Denise A. Hines, Ph.D. of the Family Research Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire:
"[W]hen men with children try to access domestic violence services and are turned away, we deny their children services and put them in danger. There is an unknown quantity of children...who cannot find the services they need to escape their violent mothers, and therefore, they must remain in their homes. Thus, by discriminating against male victims of domestic violence, we are also discriminating against their children and putting both the father and his children at risk. It is imperative, then, to assure that male victims and their children can get access to domestic violence services."
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Batterers' Treatment Provider Claudia Ann Dias, MSC, JD:
"It's mandated that I have the Duluth Domestic Violence Power & Control Wheel prominently displayed in the office where I provide batterers' treatment classes. I do, but with one minor modification -- I drew a circle around it and a line going through it."
[In the Duluth theoretical framework, domestic violence is caused by a patriarchal society that sanctions violence by men against their female partners. Women are assumed to be either victims or, when they are found to aggress against their male partners, to be doing so in self-defense.]
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John Hamel, LCSW, a court-certified batterer treatment provider and author of the book Gender-Inclusive Treatment of Intimate Partner Abuse:
“A recent study [published in the journal Violence and Victims] analyzed data originally obtained through the National Violence Against Women Survey in the mid-90s…[which was] a study which was designed, conducted and analyzed by feminist researchers.

“Researchers looked at 10,000 respondents who were currently married, and found that adult women are just as controlling and jealous towards their male partners as the other way around.

“They also found that the relationship between use of control and jealousy and physical violence existed equally for both male and female respondents, and that ‘intimate terrorists’ can be either male or female.”
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Dr. Donald Dutton, author of Rethinking Domestic Violence:
"The domestic violence establishment--of which I was once very much a part--has distorted the research to minimize and ignore female and mutual domestic violence."
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California State Long Beach University professor Martin Fiebert maintains an online bibliography summarizing 219 scholarly investigations, with an aggregate sample size exceeding 220,000, which concludes "women are as physically aggressive, or more aggressive, than men in their relationships with their spouses or male partners."
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Dr. Donald Dutton, author of Rethinking Domestic Violence:

"Research shows that domestic violence is actually more common in lesbian relationships than in heterosexual relationships."

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John Hamel, LCSW, a court-certified batterer treatment provider and author of the book Gender-Inclusive Treatment of Intimate Partner Abuse:

"According to the [female] victims themselves, the majority of these cases did indeed involve mutual abuse and, and some featured a dominant female perpetrator whose [male] partner was arrested after fighting back. This clinical data contradicted much of what I had been taught, and led me to conduct an extensive review of the research literature. What I found more than corroborated my clinical findings."
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New California Appeal Court Ruling: 'Domestic Violence Is a Serious Problem for both Women and Men'

"California domestic violence laws violate men's rights because they provide state funding only for women and their children who use shelters and other programs, a state appeals court has ruled.

"The decision by the Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento requires the programs to be available to male as well as female victims of domestic violence...

"Justice Fred Morrison said in Tuesday's 3-0 ruling, the state acknowledges that 'domestic violence is a serious problem for both women and men.'" --(San Francisco Chronicle, 10/16/08)
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Dr. Donald Dutton, author of Rethinking Domestic Violence:

"Domestic violence 'research' has been misleading, in that data has been extracted from crime reports and/or 'crime victim surveys – in which men underreport more than women – and have been publicized as indicating domestic violence is a gender issue (male-perpetrator/female-victims). In fact, when larger surveys with representative samples are examined, perpetration of domestic violence perpetration is slightly more common for females..."
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Richard James Gelles, PhD, Director for the Center for Research on Youth & Social Policy:
"The real horror is the continued status of battered men as the 'missing persons' of the problem. Male victims do not count and are not counted...
"Federal funds typically pass to a state coalition against or to a branch of a state agency designated to deal with violence against women.

"Thirty years ago battered women had no place to go and no place to turn for help and assistance. Today, there are places to go—more than 1,800 shelters, and many agencies to which to turn. For men, there still is no place to go and no one to whom to turn."
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John Hamel, LCSW, a court-certified batterer treatment provider and author of the book Gender-Inclusive Treatment of Intimate Partner Abuse:

"[U]nder current policy abused men are both denied services and told, essentially, that they don’t even exist. Ignoring male victims is not only a human rights issue, but also a public health issue. Until all perpetrators of family violence are held accountable for their actions, regardless of gender, our efforts will be limited, with serious implications for future generations."
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Dr. Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling of the University of South Alabama:
"I interviewed women in battered women's shelters and wondered why some were leaving in less than a week. The answer, it turned out, is that they too were engaging in violence against their partners, and in some cases had left to pick up the battle again. We weren't helping these women because [by ignoring their role in DV] we were ignoring their paradigm."
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John Hamel, LCSW, a court-certified batterer treatment provider and author of the book Gender-Inclusive Treatment of Intimate Partner Abuse:

"[T]he majority of mainstream researchers are now acknowledging the gender-inclusive nature of intimate partner abuse."

January 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Clements

NSW police post is now being mocked for their lack of male same sex relationship acknowledgement. How the post did not mention that 1 in 3 males experiencing dv are in homosexual realtionships is so ridiculous and so out of touch. Given only 1 in 10 males are gay that is an incredibly high figure and only leads to the fact male violence in society is out of control. It is a well known fact in the male gay community that DV is a serious problem for gay men.

January 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKen

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