RECENT NEWS ARTICLES

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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Saturday
Nov142015

Silent Victims | Bettina Arndt, the Weekend Australian

Our culture assumes domestic violence is almost invariably committed by men. But the data reveals a surprisingly high number of women are abusers.

BETTINA ARNDT

There was a funny discussion recently on the new ABC’s show, How Not to Behave. One of the hosts, Gretel Killeen started complaining about “manspreading” – men sitting with their legs apart. “Men sitting with their legs so wide apart you’d think they are about to give birth,” quipped Killeen.

The male host, Matt Okine suggested men sit that way simply because it is more comfortable. “For whom?” asked Killeen. “For my balls,” responded Okine with a funny explanation involving a grape ending up in a wine making process after being squashed at the apex of two adjoining rulers.

Man spreading has attracted attention on public transport in New York due to men’s spread legs sometimes taking up more than their allocated seat space. The city ran a campaign: “Dude, Stop the spread, please. It’s a space issue”. Fair enough. It makes sense to promote consideration for others in public spaces but as always the public discussion descended into talk about male aggression. It’s all about patriarchal men claiming their territory, sneered the feminist commentators.

Hardly a day goes by without some new story appearing which rubbishes men. After being criticized non-stop for about half a century, it’s probably time men had a right of reply, writes UK journalist Peter Lloyd in his recent book Stand By Your Manhood. Arguing that men have spent decades as the target in a long line of public floggings, Lloyd comprehensively but with surprising good humour outlines the “dismissive, patronizing and skewed” narrative about heterosexual men that has dominated mainstream media and public policy for so long.

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Friday
Nov132015

Domestic Violence: Blaming Men | Mornings with Steve Austin, ABC Brisbane

Do the lives of boys and men not matter anymore?

That's what psychologist and sex therapist Bettina Arndt is wondering.

She's written a piece on the demonisation of men in the domestic violence debate.

Bettina spoke with Steve Austin.

https://soundcloud.com/612abcbrisbane/domestic-violence-blaming-men

Wednesday
Nov112015

Men victims too: councillor | Bendigo Advertiser

A Bendigo councillor says the city needs to do more to protect “henpecked men” from domestic violence which she says is causing some fathers to sleep rough – and driving others to suicide. 

Councillor Elise Chapman said more women were victims of domestic but that a significant number of men were silently suffering abuse and lacked the support offered to their partners. 

“Males are victims of domestic violence as well and, for women, everything that you read about domestic violence is just women, women, women, women,” she said. 

“There's shelters for women… but there’s just not for men.”

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Tuesday
Nov102015

'How is that any different?' Fitness guru Michelle Bridges argues domestic violence against men 'is just as important' as the abuse of women

Fitness guru Michelle Bridges has weighed in on Australia’s domestic violence crisis, arguing that violence against men should be taken just as seriously as abuse on female victims.

On Tuesday morning while appearing on Channel 10 morning show 'Studio 10' the Biggest Loser trainer took part in a panel discussion on female perpetrators of domestic violence.

The presenters discussed a viral video experiment, which found bystanders are more likely to intervene if a man slaps a woman in public than if a woman strikes her male partner.

When host Jessica Rowe pointed out that one woman dies every week in Australia at the hands of her partner, Michelle argued that the victim’s gender is unimportant.

‘I think it's violence against humanity, whether it's a man or a woman, when you see something like that,’ Michelle told her co-panelists.

‘It's jarring and I'd like to think that I would step in even if it's a man hitting a guy, I think that we need to discuss this topic with a more open-minded forum.

She argued that the domestic violence crisis needs to step back and focus on violence as a whole, including when a man or woman strikes a man.

‘I think it’s about all violence – all violence, whether it’s violence against children, women, men, animals,' she said. 

However, presenters Jessica Rowe and Joe Hildebrand both argued that the ‘crisis’ Australia is facing is violence against women and children, particularly at the hands of their partners and fathers, and it can be ‘distracting’ to focus on other less prominent issues, such as the less frequent circumstances in which women are the perpetrators.

This year alone it's understood at least 76 women have been killed by their male partners, according to Counting Dead Women.

When Joe Hildebrand argued that violence against men is ‘so rare compared to the amount of violence that men heap upon women’, Michelle interjected: ‘does that make it any less important?’

Joe shocked his co-panellists by confessing ‘instinctively I feel repulsed by (watching) the man hit the woman but did not have as visceral a reaction from watching the woman hitting the man'.

‘I don’t understand, how is that any different just because there’s a woman giving the violence than a man giving the violence?’ probed Michelle.

‘I suppose it’s because men are physically stronger than women,’ Joe responded, to which the personal trainer argued: ‘not in every instance!’

‘One woman will die every week in Australia at the hands of her partner so sometimes we can muddy the issue by saying we don’t look at the violence of women against men enough,’ said Jessica.

Joe argued that focusing on domestic violence against men can be ‘distracting’ when ‘it is so rare compared to the amount of violence than men heap upon women.’

‘We do need to face the fact that overwhelmingly men are the greatest perpetrators of violence against women and often children as well,’ said Joe.

‘I know people are right in saying there are mothers who kill their children too and that is, of course, unspeakably terribly but we need to address this problem.

‘It’s clearly a big problem and it’s a problem which puts a lot of other problems in the shade.’  


Tuesday
Nov102015

Participants needed for Deakin University study

Hi, my name is Dr Arlene Walker and I am conducting a research project with Dr Shannon Hyder, Dr Beth Costa and Ms Richelle Mayshak at Deakin University.

We invite adult men who have ever been in an intimate relationship to take part in this important study about the quality of men’s relationships!

The purpose of this project is to explore your experiences of intimate relationships, relationship disagreements and boundary crossings and see how they are related to health and wellbeing.

A boundary crossing refers to any behaviour that violates or restricts a person’s right to safety, self-determination, self-esteem, privacy, reputation and self-expression.

We believe it is important to investigate the quality of men’s intimate relationships to better understand men’s support needs and provide strategies to assist men who are affected by relationship disagreements and boundary crossings in the future. This project will provide information to assist health providers, policy makers and other services to better support men.

I would like to invite you to participate in this research by completing one of our anonymous surveys. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. If you think would like to participate please complete the survey online using this address:

http://bit.ly/1Qd2JBR

Participation is entirely voluntary and anonymous, and will not affect your relationship with Deakin University or with any other individual or organisation.

If you have any further questions please email me (Arlene Walker) on arlene.walker@deakin.edu.au.

You can download a PDF flyer to circulate amongst your networks from here.