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Open letter to the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Bill Shorten

Thank you, Bill, for your concern about the serious issue of violence in Australian society.

You offered some statistics about violence against women and also about women's experience of family violence, but nothing about male victims.

Here are the corresponding statistics when it comes to men:

  • 1 in 2 Australian men have experienced physical violence since the age of 15 (ABS).
  • Like female victims of violence, male victims were most likely to have experienced violence from strangers and other known persons during the last 12 months, and least likely to have experienced violence from a partner (ABS).
  • 5 per cent of Australian men have experienced violence by a current or previous partner in their lifetime (ABS).
  • 1 in 3 adults who experienced violence from a current partner during the last 12 months or since the age of 15 were male (ABS).
  • Just 5 per cent of Australian men who have experienced current partner violence reported it to police (ABS).
  • 1 man is killed every ten days in a domestic homicide (AIC).

Neither these statistics, nor those of female victims are acceptable in a civilised society.

Bill, you talked yesterday of standing with every Australian experiencing family violence. Please ensure Labor's family violence response encompasses men, women and children, whether victims or perpetrators.

One in Three

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Reader Comments (2)

Quite often men who suffered from physical and/or emotional abuse from their partners later on are falsely accused of domestic violence. If a male victim of DV can't get any help, female accuser gets all help under the sun from all goverment bodies. Unfortunately those women who use the system to get custody and financial advantage never hold responsible for their false accusations, not even a slap on the wrist. And the goverment and the family court keep ignoring this huge problem.

March 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSzee

The recent proposal by Mike Baird to exclude female perpetrators from a DV register is another example of how politics in this country is becoming sexist and unconstitutional. It is totally absurd to suggest that women never commit violence and men are the only ones capable of violence in intimate relationships. World wide research shows clearly that women are just as violent and cruel to their partners as men. This is a blatant scramble for the women's vote by Mike Baird. He is willing to abuse democracy to dehumanize all vulnerable men and risk losing their vote because he knows that there are more female voters and that women are more likely to be swinging voters if it is in their personal interests. Unfortunately our country is still so backward that we do not yet have a Bill of Rights so the door is open for people with a Taliban mentality to implement fundamentalist policies (like 'all men evil' and 'all women good'). How cynical and ruthlessly clever to use the stereotype as a basis for policy. The sad truth is that male politicians no longer care about male human rights. Men are no longer needed to fight wars or to do the dangerous dirty work. They are the discards of 21st century Australian society. Men need to come together to fight this evil. But men are so divided showing off to women that they still see other men as the enemy. Things must change. Male politicians are not going to stand up for men rights any more. Ordinary men will have to stand up for justice. A new Eureka Stockade. Forget the pollies.

March 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterFactsseeker

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