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‘There is nowhere for us to go’: Domestic violence happens to men too (

Often violence against men is reactionary or not physical. But Nick’s case seems pretty clear cut.

The first time Nick’s* wife punched him in the face was because he hadn’t cleaned the bathtub properly.

“At the time I felt that it was my job to fix it,” Nick says, “the male mentality is often that you fix things.”

It was the year after they married and looking back, 45-year-old Nick can see the violence didn’t come out of the blue. His wife — we’ll call her Imogen — was continually picking aggressive verbal arguments with him over minor domestic things, such as how he’d pegged out the clothes on the clothesline.

“One minute she’s lying in a foetal position on the floor and the next, she’s screaming at you that you don’t pay enough attention or you’ve done something wrong,” he says.

Right from the outset, Nick says Imogen worked towards isolating him from his close-knit family.

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Surrey Police launch excellent #behindcloseddoors domestic abuse campaign (UK)

About the Behind Closed Doors campaign

Statistically one in four women and one in six men suffer from domestic abuse, and within these abusive relationships a vast percentage are non-violent. These relationships operate on the premise of take take take.

Victims are isolated, controlled, told how to dress, what to eat, when to sleep. They are not allowed to work and are manipulated by threats of violence, rape, or the intervention of social services to take away children. They are humiliated and degraded, and reality is continuous fear and uncertainty.

This is coercive control. This is domestic abuse, and is now a crime in its own right.

The offence of Coercive and Controlling behaviour can be considered if “the perpetrators behaviour has had “serious effect” on the victim, meaning that it has caused the victim to fear violence will be used against them on at least two occasions or it has had a substantial adverse effect on the victims day to day activities.” The maximum prison term is five years.

That is why the Surrey Against Domestic Abuse partnership has launched a campaign to promote the help and support available to people experiencing domestic abuse. Named ‘Give and Take’, this campaign also seeks to make friends and family of those who are being abused by a partner or family member more aware of their role in taking action. Domestic abuse can happen to both men and women and regardless of sexual orientation, ethnicity, age, class, religion or physical ability.

Throughout the campaign, we will be using the hashtag #behindcloseddoors on Twitter. Join in the conversation and help us encourage more people to seek support and safety.

If you know someone who is experiencing domestic abuse, take action. You can do this by:

1. Calling Surrey Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

2. Calling the 24 hour yourSanctuary helpline for information and advice on 01483 776822.

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One in Three's submission to Senate inquiry into domestic violence and gender inequality

The One in Three Campaign's submission to the Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee's inquiry into domestic violence and gender inequality has been published on the inquiry's website.

You can download a PDF copy from here.

The submission makes the following arguments:

  1. A comprehensive literature review demonstrates the risk factors that contribute to the prevalence of domestic violence. Gender stereotypes and gender inequality are not present. Taxpayer resources would be better spent addressing the risk factors for domestic violence and exploring solutions that have been proven to make a real reduction in prevalence rates. 
  2. The picture of gender in Australia is not that either men or women fare better overall, but that each gender has its areas that need improvement. Governments need to work hard to ensure that all Australians, whether born male, female or intersex, have the opportunity to live happy, healthy, productive lives, and to fulfil their potential. 
  3. Research shows that the vast majority of relationships involve equal power between partners. Relationships in which one partner is dominant are in the minority, and are just as likely to be female-dominant as male-dominant. 
  4. By reducing the existing gender inequality in service provision for victims of domestic and family violence, as recommended by all major recent inquiries, governments will reduce the prevalence of domestic violence. 
  5. We are concerned that supporting a position that gender inequality contributes to the prevalence of domestic violence may overlook the fact that women are the greatest family violence risk to children, and is likely to prevent addressing of this issue to increase the safety of children. 
  6. Gender stereotypes about men (that they should be tough and strong) prevent many male victims from disclosing their abuse because of the challenges such disclosure brings to their sense of manhood. 
  7.  Existing attitudes by young people to both violence against women and violence against men need to be improved. Any campaigns targeting children and young people should be presented in a gender-neutral fashion with the aim of encouraging respectful relationships whether young people are male, female or intersex, straight or gay.

ABC Fact Check corrects Fact File on Domestic violence in Australia

Recently the ABC's Fact Check program published a Fact File on Domestic violence in Australia. The Fact File directly addresses the One in Three Campaign's claim that one in three victims of family violence is male.

One in Three responded to Fact Check via their website and Facebook page, and Fact Check are to be congratulated for amending their Fact File soon afterwards.

They published our critique in full on their website at, which reads as follows:

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Senate Inquiry recommends Australian Government recognise the need to provide appropriate services to male victims of domestic and family violence

In August 2015, the Australian Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee handed down their report into domestic violence in Australia. It made a number of positive findings and recommendations with regard to male victims of family violence. The most important was Recommendation 15:

8.54 The committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government recognise the need to provide appropriate services to male victims of domestic and family violence.

This follows on from the August 2012 report of The NSW Government Legislative Council’s Standing Committee on Social Issues inquiry into domestic violence trends and issues in NSW, which recognised:

...the gap in services for male victims and [encouraged] the [NSW] government to examine how services can most appropriately be provided to male victims of domestic violence.

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