This page contains a selection of recent news articles and commentary about male victims of violence and abuse plus related issues. These articles are presented as a community service, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the One in Three Campaign.

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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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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 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.


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Why female violence against men is society's last great taboo | The Telegraph (UK)

By Martin Daubney

It’s time for us to face up to an ugly truth: it’s not just men who can be murderers and violent, abusive attackers of the opposite sex.

This was brought into grim focus last week with the horrific case of Sharon Edwards, 42, who brutally murdered her husband, David, 51, by stabbing a 13-inch carving knife through his heart.

A serial man-abuser, Mrs Edwards inflicted 60 stabbing and prodding wounds to her husband. While in court, Sharon brazenly lied that David “walked into” the knife. She is currently serving at least 20 years in jail for murder.

You could argue, or pray, that Sharon Edwards is a monstrous one-off. Yet cases of female brutality against men – and other women – seem to be becoming more prevalent.

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Radio NZ Careless about Domestic Violence Figures

Press Release: Ministry of Men's Affairs

Radio NZ Careless about Domestic Violence Figures

The Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) has upheld a complaint that Radio NZ broadcast incorrect statistics about family violence deaths. The incorrect figures claimed that more than twice as many women than men are being killed by family members in New Zealand. Authoritative figures show that almost as many men are killed as women.

Radio NZ relied on old figures published by the Ministry for Social Development that were unreferenced as to their origin. The BSA found that Radio NZ did not take reasonable efforts to ensure their broadcast was accurate. The BSA noted that Radio NZ also ignored a listener’s efforts to point out the figures were wrong.

Hans Laven from community group the Ministry of Men’s Affairs (MoMA) also criticized the Ministry for Social Development for continuing to publish the misleading figures.

“I have written several times to the Ministry for Social Development (MSD) asking them to amend their figures to make clear they are not current and may never have been accurate, but MSD replied they are happy to keep publishing them” Mr Laven said.

Mr Laven accused both Radio NZ and MSD of failing in their social responsibility by spreading misinformation that discounts male victims and harms NZ men.

Mr Laven warned that efforts to reduce family violence would be unsuccessful unless based on a realistic understanding of the problem. He called for Radio NZ to issue a correction and an apology to the many male victims of domestic violence.


Men as Victims of Intimate Partner Violence - NZ Participants Needed for Study

Hi, My name is Alison Burke and I am a doctoral candidate at the University of Auckland. I am currently undertaking research on the lived experiences and its effects for male victims of intimate partner violence (IPV).
Recent research overseas has highlighted that men in heterosexual relationships can be victims of IPV. There is a need for more study in this field particularly in relation to men’s experiences in these abusive relational dynamics.
For the purposes of my research IPV may include physical violence (slapping, pushing, shoving, biting, choking, shaking, hitting with objects/weapons); sexual abuse; psychological/emotional abuse (e.g. coercion and threats, intimidation; deprivation of sleep; isolation from family/friends; humiliation; verbal abuse; controlling behaviours; withholding information or controlling and denying access to finances.
As part of my research I would like to interview men who are over the age of 18 and who have experienced IPV in their personal lives in a heterosexual relationship.

Do you have a male client or former client who is or has been a victim of intimate partner violence/abuse?
Is he aged over 18?
Would he be willing to be interviewed for 1-2 hours about his experiences?

Interviews can take place at a time and location convenient to your client. He will be asked to choose a pseudonym and his confidentiality will be respected through the entire project.
If you do have a client or former client who fits the criteria please pass this advertisement on to him. If he is interested in talking with me or wants more information on my study, he can contact me at or 027-545-4049 and I can discuss the study with him further.
Any assistance in passing this advertisement on to possible prospective participants would be greatly appreciated.