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Says Who? Panel Discussion: Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence: What's gender got to do with it? (Sydney, NSW)

This event looks to be another in a long line of events supposedly taking a serious look at the issue of male victims, female perpetrators, and family violence in GLBTIQ relationships (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scEteKLqqdQ for example). In reality it appears to be yet another attempt to shore up the old 'gendered violence' dominant paradigm which is currently under serious and sustained threat by voices of reason who argue that our society has the capacity to support all victims of family violence. We hope we are proved wrong. 

When: 21 Apr 2016, 6pm - 8pm
Venue: Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, Philip St Sydney
Who: UNSW Arts & Social Sciences

The past 12 months have seen a significant increase in public awareness of domestic, family and sexual violence, but is the attention too narrowly focused on men’s violence against women? To what extent should we acknowledge and address male victimisation and female perpetration? How should we recognise and respond to domestic, family and sexual violence in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community? Moreover, what factors other than gender contribute to the prevalence of these types of abuse?

Join us for a UNSW Says Who? panel discussion featuring leaders who are tackling some of these important and contentious gendered violence issues.

This event is organised by UNSW Arts & Social Sciences home to the Gendered Violence Research Network.



Elizabeth Broderick

Elizabeth Broderick
Special Adviser to the ED of UN Women New York and former Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Elizabeth has brought together captains of industry, governments and Defence Force chiefs to address gender inequality in Australia and beyond. As Australia’s longest serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner (2007-2015), Elizabeth worked tirelessly to break down structural and social barriers faced by women and men, and to promote gender equality. Elizabeth established and convenes the globally recognised ‘Male Champions of Change’ strategy, enlisting a ‘who’s who’ of powerful male leaders to tackle workplace gender inequality. Her review into the treatment of women in the Australian Defence Force led to sweeping cultural reforms. She is a powerful and influential voice in the struggle for gender equality, enlisting both women and men as agents of change.

Heather Nancarrow

Heather Nancarrow
CEO, ANROWS and Deputy Chair of the COAG Advisory Panel to reduce violence against women

Heather Nancarrow has 30 years’ experience working on the prevention of violence against women, including direct service provision, policy and legislation, and research and professional development. Heather was the foundation Director of the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research, a position she held from 2003 until her move to ANROWS. Heather has held many leadership roles at both the state and national level in regard to policy on the prevention of violence against women. These include Deputy Chair of the National Council to Reduce Violence against Women, member of the Queensland Premier’s Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence, and current Co-Deputy Chair of the COAG Advisory Panel to reduce violence against women.

Charlie King

Charlie King OAM
ABC presenter and Ambassador for the No More campaign to reduce family violence

Charlie King OAM is Ambassador for the No More campaign which encourages Indigenous AFL teams in the Northern Territory to work to end family violence. A veteran ABC radio sports broadcaster based in Darwin, he recently called his 600th Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) game, having commenced with the broadcaster in 1993. Charlie is a White Ribbon Ambassador, the co-ordinator of Catholic Care’s Aboriginal Men’s Forum, and Chair of Life Education, a program which highlights drug and alcohol prevention in schools.

Catherine Burn

Catherine Burn APM
Deputy Commissioner, New South Wales Police Force

Deputy Commissioner Burn is a career police officer having covered all areas across the Force, including general duties, detectives, specialist and corporate areas. Among her many achievements she has been awarded the Australian Police Medal in the Australia Day Honours List, International Women's Day 2007 NSW Woman of the Year and Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year. She is also an Australia Day Ambassador. In 2010 she was appointed to the position of Deputy Commissioner, Corporate Services and in 2012, Deputy Commissioner, Specialist Operations, with oversight of a number of technical and specialist areas including Counter Terrorism & Special Tactics and Forensic Services, among many others .

Gavi Ansara

Dr Gávi Ansara
Board Member, Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council

Dr Gávi Ansara is a Board Member of the Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council (AGMC). He has a PhD in Psychology from the University of Surrey in England. Dr Gávi received the American Psychological Association’s 2012 Transgender Research Award for his significant and original research contribution and the UK Higher Education Academy’s 2011 National Psychology Postgraduate Teaching Award for excellence in teaching. He conducted the investigation for and authored the widely cited National LGBTI Health Alliance report on family and interpersonal violence. He has led survivor support services and violence prevention initiatives in multicultural and traditional religious communities in multiple countries.

Eileen Cropped Says Who


Professor Eileen Baldry
UNSW Arts & Social Sciences

Eileen Baldry (BA, DipEd, MWP, PhD) is the Interim Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Professor of Criminology at UNSW where she has been an academic since 1993. Eileen’s research and publications focus on social justice matters and include mental health and cognitive disability in the criminal justice system; education, training and employment for prisoners and ex-prisoners; homelessness and transition from prison; Indigenous social work; community development and social housing; and disability services. She is involved in a voluntary capacity with a number of development and justice community agencies including being a Director on the Board of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC). She was awarded the 2009 NSW Justice Medal.

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When I RSVP-ed I had the chance to ask a question and mine was: why are there absolutely no therapeutic support services for the adult male victims of DFV? Those services could help our recovery and prevent so much misery. The recent Royal Commission into Family Violence in Victoria characterised the adult male victims of DFV as having only one choice, and that was, to become perpetrators.

April 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterStephen

Why do all these DV talk fests exclude men (or women) that speak on behalf of men? Why do all these DV talk fests all exclude discussion about DV against children?
It is quite obvious that a particular narrative is always being promoted - only women are victims, only men are perpetrators & children don't even count unless referred to in "women & their children".
Thankfully, more people wake up to this every day.

April 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNigel Rae

Why are there no representatives on the panel who have a background in DV against males by women? According to the Australian Institute of Criminology 25% of victims of Intimate Partner Homicide were men, according to the NSW police statistics, only 69% of DV assault victims were women (assuming the remaining 31% were men) and the Victorian Royal Commission found that 23% or DV assault perpetrators were women. These figures all support the findings of the ABS PSS that showed roughly 25% of victims of DV assault by a partner since the age of 15 were men. Interestingly the report found that women were 4 times as likely to report being a victim of DV by a partner than men were, so it's no wonder that the common view is of a majority assault by men on women. Could one of the factors influencing men's reluctance to report DV is that there are so few resources and champions to protect them and defend their corner, but clearly an abundance of support, resources, policies and funding for women - as suggested by the levels of focus on women's issues in your panel?

April 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

The only person on the panel who has a graduate degree in psychology is Gavi Ansara and his area of study has been social psychology. If one had to ask any of the panelists what human emotions are or about the nature and consequences of emotional abuse, they will not be able to answer knowledgeably or authoritatively. All the panelists appear to be there simply because they have a strong but misguided commitment to the stereotype that women are never aggressive or cruel and that men can never be vulnerable or helpless in a hostile intimate partner relationship. The panel is simply stacked with unqualified people who conform to this biased agenda to alienate and dehumanize ordinary decent but vulnerable men and fathers in society. Those of us who seriously study human violence and aggressiveness understand that DV is far more complex and nuanced than the extreme stereotype of wife bashing exclusively depicted in media images. Almost all violence, including that even in our prisons, is preceded by emotional and verbal abuse. In intimate partner relationships, violence is often the end result of a more articulate of verbally cruel partner being guilty of chronic humiliation and abuse. For most men and women, violence is the last resort. Psychopathic men who bash and control their female partners make up a very tiny proportion of DV incidents. These men (and women) need to be locked up to protect victims. But, what is happening is the media takes these few extreme examples (eg Luke Batty's tragic death) and they present these extremes as representative of all DV. It is a way of demonizing half the population and more importantly, an excuse for denying thousands of decent vulnerable men the protection for themselves and their children, from aggressive and violent women. This panel should be exposed for what it is. A propaganda vehicle for reinforcing the stereotype and denying vulnerable men protection in a modern enlightened society.

April 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFactsseeker

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