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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

Male victims still overlooked [Daily Liberal Dubbo]

Gender needs to be removed from the conversation when it comes to domestic violence, Dubbo campaigner Lynn Field said.

The chief executive officer of Nguumambiny Indigenous Corporation works with male and female victims of domestic violence, and welcomed a new state government video campaign featuring a female perpetrator and a male victim, among others.

"It's good when you stop and look at it that they are actually acknowledging that males can be victims but there is more to be done," Ms Field said.

"The reality is 12 people have died in domestic violence [related incidents in 2016] and eight of them have been men.

"Men are dying at the rate of two to one, but we show only show one male victim out of half a dozen or eight females."

The video campaign, It's not your fault, was launched last week by Deputy Premier, Police Minister and Dubbo MP Troy Grant.

The launch coincided with the statewide rollout of a new process targeting repeat domestic violence offenders.

"It's great but once again is it going to cover female perpetrators?" Ms Field said.

"It's alright extending it but are you going to achieve anything if you're not being realistic about the results?"

Ms Field said society needed to remove the stereotypes around domestic and family violence, which were prohibiting male victims from getting help.

Last year Ms Field told the Daily Liberal of a client who, after ringing the 1800 RESPECT telephone counselling service, was referred to a men's line and given a behavioural modification plan.

"We need to have resources available for men and women," Ms Field said.

"When a woman hurts a man or her kid, it's always 'what did he do? He must have pushed her'. But when a man does it it's 'coldblooded murder'.

"These guys today cop a lot of mental abuse, psychological abuse, a lot of emotional blackmail and it needs to be put out there."

She said the "genderising" of the issue needed to stop.

"It doesn't matter if your a woman or a man," she said.

"Violence in the family needs to stop.

"End of story."


A Male's Tale (YouTube video)

With the help of production company Decibel as well as funding from the Cabra-Vale Diggers Club, Wetherill Park community worker Mathew Dillon produced A Male’s Tale - a documentary that explores why men, particularly men in Fairfield, don’t seek help for their health problems.

Mr Dillon said his work in the community led him to sense that there was something wrong when it came to men’s health. “I kept asking why there weren’t services for men. That led me to producing this documentary,” he said.

It took Mr Dillon two years to film and edit the 30-minute documentary, which contains interviews with almost 20 people including victims, health experts and community workers.“Without knowing what I was going to do or where I was going to go with it I just kept playing with it,” he said. One of the most significant moments in the film for him involves a male victim of domestic violence. “(He) has, against all the prejudice and hype, come forward to speak,” Mr Dillon said.

DVD copies of A Male's Tale are now available for free by contacting Mathew Dillon at .

You can watch the section of the documentary on domestic violence on YouTube at The entire video is available at


New federal inquiry into domestic violence and gender inequality

On 25 November 2015, the following matter was referred to the Finance and Public Administration References Committee for inquiry and report by the 24 August 2016:

Domestic violence and gender inequality, with particular reference to:

  1. the role of gender inequality in all spheres of life in contributing to the prevalence of domestic violence;
  2. the role of gender stereotypes in contributing to cultural conditions which support domestic violence, including, but not limited to, messages conveyed to children and young people in
    - the marketing of toys and other products,
    - education, and
    - entertainment;
  3. the role of government initiatives at every level in addressing the underlying causes of domestic violence, including the commitments under, or related to, the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children; and
  4. any other related matters.

Submission closing date is 31 March 2016. The reporting date is 24 August 2016.

On 20 August 2015 the committee completed a broad-ranging inquiry into domestic violence. The committee does not intend to cover the same ground as the previous inquiry but to focus on gender inequality as set out in the terms of reference.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Senate Finance and Public Administration Committees
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3439
Fax: +61 2 6277 5809

More at


Male victims of domestic violence: a hidden battle | International Innovation

In 2009, when a significant amount of Australian data sources concluded that one in three victims of family violence are male, the One in Three Campaign was established. Senior Researcher Greg Andresen highlights the current lack of support for male victims, the difficulties faced with raising awareness of this issue and the Campaign’s efforts to overcome these challenges

To what extent are male victims denied support due to their gender in Australia?

The majority of services for victims of family violence are denied to men because of their gender. These include: court support schemes and safe rooms, crisis services and shelter/refuges, hospital and GP training and screening tools, most helplines and community awareness campaigns. While some generic (not male-specific or male-friendly) support is available to men (eg. police, Lifeline), such services are often unaware of the issues faced by male victims and unable to offer effective and appropriate help.

While individual workers within generic services might be aware of the issues, they often face workplace cultures and systems that aren’t supportive. Some generic services do not believe male victims, minimise their experiences or blame them for the abuse. The Common Risk Assessment Framework used by Mensline Australia and 1800RESPECT (the only National telephone support available for male victims) advises telephone counsellors to refer male victims of domestic violence to a male perpetrator service and their female (ex)partner to a women’s family violence service, thus assuming the male victim is actually a perpetrator and endangering his safety by alerting the female perpetrator to his actions.

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