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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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.



New NSW Police Campaign "It’s not your fault”

NSW Police has launched a new video campaign to raise public awareness about the issue of domestic and family violence.

“It’s not your fault” is the theme of the campaign, which consists of a 30-second community service announcement (CSA) for TV, as well as a longer version for cinemas and social media.

This is the first time we have ever seen a government CSA that includes a male victim and a female perpetrator. The campaign is still very gender-biased, but it's a HUGE start. Thank you NSW Police.

We question why the NSW Police continue to focus upon the domestic and family violence dynamic that is LEAST likely to occur in Australia. The majority of Australians who have experienced violence from an intimate partner experienced it from a previous partner (1,603,400) or boyfriend, girlfriend or date (1,304,400). Relatively few have experienced it from a current partner (356,700). More Australians have experienced family violence from their father or mother (484,400) than from their current partner.

Let's hope this is the first in a series of CSAs from NSW Police, and that the other larger demographics will be targeted in the future.

Click here to watch the video on Facebook.

It's Not Your Fault

NSW Police has today launched a powerful new video campaign to raise public awareness about the issue of domestic and family violence.“It’s not your fault” is the theme of the campaign, which consists of a 30-second community service announcement (CSA) for TV, as well as a longer version for cinemas and social media.In NSW, police respond to more than 140,000 incidents of domestic and family violence per year. This translates to about 380 cases every day.Today’s CSA launch coincides with a state-wide roll-out of a new process for targeting repeat domestic-violence offenders.For over a decade, NSW Police has used a process called the Suspect Targeting Management Plan (STMP) to deal with high-risk and repeat offenders.The process has recently been adapted to include high-risk domestic violence offenders, and following successful trials in the Central Metropolitan Region, this refinement is now being introduced state-wide.“The STMP model will ensure the state’s most serious domestic-violence offenders face the highest level of scrutiny by police, and allow us to intervene before they commit their next offence,” NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said.“This renewed focus on offender accountability is part of our ongoing commitment to providing the utmost level of support to the victims of domestic and family violence.“We have made other significant headway. For example, in a world first, NSW police can now record domestic violence video evidence at the time of an incident, which relieves the victim of the emotional burden of giving evidence in court.“But a problem of this magnitude won’t go away in a hurry. We still have much more work to do, and that includes raising public awareness about the issue through campaigns like the one we are launching today,” he said.Members of NSW Police’s Domestic Violence Team used their own front-line experience investigating and prosecuting domestic-violence cases to write, direct and produce the community service announcement.The aim of the campaign is to remind people there is no excuse for domestic and family violence, and it is never the victim’s fault.“Domestic violence is a serious crime and police are committed to bringing offenders to justice,” Commissioner Scipione said.“Every day police battle the community perception that domestic violence is a ‘family matter’ or ‘private business’.“That is most definitely not the case. If you are aware this is occurring in your community, you are obliged to report it, like any other crime.“Some may find the images in these videos confronting; we do not apologise for this. Domestic and family violence is a confronting issue, and one we must continue to face head-on,” Commissioner Scipione said.NSW Police Force’s Corporate Spokesperson on Domestic and Family Violence, Assistant Commissioner Mick Fuller, said it is only fitting the videos were developed by police.“Police officers attend hundreds of domestic-violence incidents every day and see first-hand the impact and harm it has on families,” Assistant Commissioner Fuller said.“Children are the hidden victims of domestic violence, which is why children feature so prominently in the campaign.“There are no innocent bystanders in this space. By reporting domestic violence, you could prevent the next homicide,” Assistant Commissioner Fuller said.Police are urging anyone with information about domestic-violence crimes to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Posted by NSW Police Force on Tuesday, 23 February 2016