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How male victims of domestic abuse often end up getting arrested themselves | The Telegraph (UK)

Male victims of domestic abuse are reluctant to report attacks because they are often subjected to false accusations themselves, according to new research.

More than 700,000 men each year are thought to fall victim to violent attacks at the hands of their partners, but many are too ashamed to report the offences.

It was thought much of the underreporting was due to men feeling embarrassed by the stigma of being a domestic violence victim.

But new research has suggested that many of those who do come forward risk being arrested themselves, after their abusers make false accusations against them.

Dr Jessica McCarrick, a Senior Lecturer in Counselling Psychology at Teesside University, who carried out a study with male abuse victims, said they were often treated with suspicion by the criminal justice system.

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Support for male victims of domestic abuse (Sussex Police, UK)

Sussex Police are continuing their crackdown on domestic abuse over New Year period, including a focus on male victims.

Over the past two weeks a male-focused advert has been running on the digital screen at Brighton railway station and advertising will also continue to run inside buses across Sussex as well as in advertisements broadcast local radio stations.

Detective Chief Inspector Ali Eaton (pictured above at Brighton railway station) who is leading the campaign, said: “Domestic abuse can have a devastating impact on victims and their families. It is estimated that one in four women and one in six men will experience domestic abuse at some point in their life.

“It is a sad fact that men don’t often see themselves as victims and therefore domestic abuse against men is under-reported. There is a real stigma around this; men often think they will not be believed and may also think they are protecting their children by staying in the family home.

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"I've been punched, kicked, scratched – if I stay I’ll be killed": Stories of Ireland’s abused men

Each year, over 2,000 vulnerable men contact the Amen domestic abuse service to ask for help or look for someone who will listen to what they are going through.

Most of the men who get in touch are in the 50-60 years age bracket and 90% of the callers are Irish males.

2005 research carried out for the National Crime Council found 6% of men suffer severe domestic abuse with 13% of men suffering physical abuse or minor physical incidents. Just one in 20 male victims report it to gardaí.

The study suggested in the region of 88,000 men in Ireland have been severely abused by a partner at some point in their lives.

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Blindfolded with a White Ribbon | Quadrant Online

Domestic violence has been getting a lot of attention of late, as indeed it should. What has passed almost entirely without mention is that women are not the only ones to suffer abuse in its many and various forms. That men are also victims just doesn't fit the feminist narrative

The ABC’s blue-ribbon documentary on domestic violence, Hitting Home, went to air on White Ribbon day this week to much acclaim and self-congratulation.  For her six-months’ work, Sarah Ferguson is sure to be nominated for the year’s Gold Walkley. The two-part report depicted the truly appalling situation of women fleeing with their children to refuges to escape the repeated assaults of their partners which had turned them, in many cases, into passive, willing victims.

But in its dramatic mix of raw emotion and slick sentimentality, it told only the half of the story. In style and substance, it followed the proven Four Corners technique of restrictive focus that we saw Ferguson employ in her 2011 programme on Indonesian slaughterhouses. Hitting Home  avoided – excluded, actually – all mention of domestic violence by women towards men. In an incredible one-third of all violence in the home, the man is the victim. When the tension rises to the point where the violence explodes to killing the children, women are worse than men.

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1IN3 reponds to latest Daily Life attack on victims of domestic violence

On November 26th, Fairfax blog Daily Life published an article titled One-in-three myth unanimously busted on 'Hitting Home' finale of Q&A. The article was the latest in a long line of attacks upon male victims of domestic violence by the publication.

This is the One in Three Campaign's response.

It important to acknowledge first of all that not a single speaker invited to take part in the 'Hitting Home' finale of Q&A was an advocate for male victims, so it is unsurprising that the panel would fail to acknowledge them.

The Daily Life article starts by stating without evidence, that domestic and family violence is a gendered issue stemming largely from men's sense of entitlement and 'ownership' of their partners. This popular theory lacks empirical research evidence to support it. How can the violence experienced by tens of thousands of men from a current partner, previous partner, girlfriend or date in the past 12 months stem from their own sense of ownership of their partners? What about the many victims of same-sex domestic violence? And the victims of broader family violence (parents, children, sibings, aunt, uncles, grandparents, other family members)? It simply doesn't make any sense at all.

Even in the case of the men who use violence or abuse toward their female intimate partner, there are decades of sound peer-reviewed research demonstrating that men's sense of entitlement and 'ownership' of their partners plays a part in only a small percentage of these cases (and that women's sense of entitlement and 'ownership' of their partners also plays a part in some cases where they abuse their male intimate partner). If it's a "fact", why doesn't Daily Life cite the empirical, peer-reviewed evidence to support it. Even the internationally renowned feminist domestic violence researcher Michael P Johnson acknowledges that "repeat, severe violence against a non-violent intimate is symmetrical by gender".

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