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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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.

Monday
Nov092015

New research finds ‘shocking’ levels of domestic violence in LGBTI relationships | news.com.au

By the time Jade’s partner began beating her in public, she’d been suffering under a reign of abuse for years. Unfounded accusations of adultery, followed by king hits to the head.

“I’m intelligent and confident, big and loud, I didn’t look like someone who would be beaten up so easily,” said *Jade, who didn’t want to use her real name.

Her abuser wasn’t an angry husband or jealous boyfriend, but a woman. She was “small and blonde” Jade said, and at least when their relationship first began, “really sweet and lovely.”

It was when the two were collaborating together on a work project that her partner became so bold as to make the abuse public.

“She said to me ‘you disgust me’, hit me to the ground and kicked me in the head in front of six people,” said Jade, who is in her 40s.

“And the worst thing was I got left there. Even though they physically saw me get assaulted in a really bad way they questioned what they had seen. People didn’t want to get involved; they thought I must have done something terrible and I got really traumatised because no one helped me.”

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Friday
Nov062015

Revealed - The Shocking Truth About Domestic Violence Support | YouTube Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rllx_-kpKTY&feature=youtu.be

Domestic Violence in Australia recently had a $100 million package for services announced by the Australian government to help women who have been victims and it is time to go beyond only making funding available for some of the victims of this horrific issue. Men also require assistance for when they are the ones being subjected to this growing violence in society today and according to ANROWS/ABS statistics, 694,100 men had experienced violence by a female intimate partner.

The harsh reality of being a male victim of domestic violence is one reason many males commit suicide because of the minimal support offered (apart from calling 1800Respect, who are fantastic). Sadly, when you're told there is nothing we can do for you because "We aren't funded to help men", you soon realise there is nowhere to turn and you feel there is little hope for the future.

The resources for men are non-existent - no emergency accommodation, no refuges, no financial assistance, no relocation assistance, no face to face counselling services (unless you are a perpetrator of DV), no place to turn to.

Being someone who experienced this first hand, I found the support to be non-existent and was shocked to discover that even the supportive literature (that is meant to be impartial) was also biased against male victims.

Domestic Violence in general is a major issue, regardless of gender, race or religion. If you want to bring real change to this issue, gender is not the answer, people are the answer - men, women, transgender. Really think about it because the only statistic relevant to DV is that 100% of victims are either female, male or transgender and every single person requires support to heal & recover.

The problem with the approach to domestic violence being continually referred to a "gendered issue" is that it is factually & perceptively incorrect. This narrative is creating gender apartheid and not taking into account that violence is a learned behavior with most perpetrators coming from either dysfunctional families, been subject to DV as a child, witnessed it in their parents relationship or has been subjected to some sort of traumatic abusive event.

Saying "statistically" only women & children require support doesn't help the 25% of males who suffer from these horrific actions & behaviours - 100% of domestic violence victims require support & assistance to recover from this debilitating problem, regardless of gender, race or religion.

Domestic Violence does not discriminate and neither should the services offered in supporting victims.

Doves4All (Domestic Violence Emotional Support 4 All) is aimed at supporting those who have experienced domestic violence through emotional roller coaster and being a place of respite to share your story, regardless of gender, race or religion.

This is a supportive group and for members to share their experience, offer help & support to others from domestic violence, provide insights into what has helped them recover and advice on resources that are available to help other victims.

This is not a group for gender debates about domestic violence and any comments which are of an abusive nature will not be tolerated.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/529349803897844/

You can help by clicking here and signing the petition - https://goo.gl/2lmjpV