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Male victims forgotten | Northern Rivers Echo

Local DV support 'non-existent'

As awareness surrounding domestic violence towards women ramps up across Australia, a minority remains largely unnoticed by the media, governments and the public.

It's often forgotten that at least one-third of all domestic violence victims are male, with females comprising roughly one third of perpetrators, according to research by the One in Three Campaign.

Like most of Australia the Northern Rivers has no dedicated support services for male victims, One in Three researcher Greg Andresen said.

"In terms of services on the ground, I'm not aware of any specifically dealing with male victims or survivors," he said.

"Local crisis services will see anyone, whether male or female, so if you're in crisis or danger then absolutely go to the police, or if you need general counselling if you're feeling depressed or suicidal as a result of what's happening, give Lifeline (13 11 44) a call.

"Those sort of generic services are often a good help even though there may not be specific services on the ground."

Male victims can phone Mensline on 1300 78 99 78 every day, 24 hours a day.

Mr Andresen noted there may be some help coming to the region in the form of a husband and wife counselling team dealing with male victims.

The Echo will follow that up in coming weeks.


  • One male is a victim of domestic homicide every 10 days
  • Males are almost three times less likely to report domestic violence to police
  • Almost one in four young people are aware of their mum/stepmum hitting their dad/stepdad
  • Post-separation, similar numbers of men and women report experiencing physical violence
  • Male and female victims report similar types and numbers of injuries.

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Reader Comments (2)

When my fiancé and I were both victims of his ex-wife's abuse, I was granted an intervention order, received phone calls from the local victims support service, and was sent pamphlets and advice in the mail. My fiancé, also a victim, received nothing.

The ex-wife was known to police (and my fiancé as a victim), before the marriage ended. The police tried to get an intervention order against the accused (ex-wife), but she counter-claimed, and the case was adjourned. After almost 9 months of continued adjournments (the magistrate never bothered to send it to a contested hearing, which would have been in my fiancé's favour!!), both parties agreed to drop their applications.
Men's helpline weren't of any help to my fiancé, unless he was a perpetrator of domestic violence & needed help to change his ways!
There wasn't anyone he could talk to, no shelter for him and the children to stay at, and no support for how to deal with a violent wife/mother/grandmother.

Something needs to be done.

May 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLeigh

It's great that this injustice is finally being uncovered, life is difficult for many men and young men have a high suicide rate because of this.

May 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterWill

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