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Men the often-unreported victims of family violence | The Age

The tragic death of Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh early on Friday has shed a light on the often hidden spectre of men falling victim to family homicide.

While women and girls are more likely to die in domestic disputes, males are the victims in 40 per cent of homicides involving family members, according to a 10-year study by the Australian Institute of Criminology released in May.

Police were called to Mr Walsh's Adelaide home, about 2am on Friday, where he was found with stab wounds. Despite paramedics' efforts, he died at the scene. Police have charged his son with murder.

Women are overwhelmingly more likely than men to die at the hands of their partners, and were the victim in 75 per cent of recorded "intimate partner homicides" between 2002 and 2012.

This is the traditional face of domestic violence.

But when all forms of domestic-related violence are taken into account, that traditional picture is dramatically changed.

Men were more likely to be the victim in parricide (at the hands of their child), accounting for 54 per cent of victims between 2002 and 2012. They were far more likely than women to be killed by a sibling (accounting for 80 per cent of victims), and by extended family members (accounting for 70 per cent of victims). Boys were also marginally more likely to die at the hands of a parent (56 per cent).

In general, men are more likely than women to be both the offender and the victim in domestic and non-domestic homicides.

The only exception is filicide, or the killing of one's children, in which women are marginally more likely (52 per cent of the time) to be the killers.

AIC research officer Willow Bryant said while women were vastly over-represented as victims of domestic violence, the research showed that family violence was a complex area.

"We were hoping with the paper to dispel some of the misconceptions around the most extreme form of family violence, which is obviously family homicide," she said.

For help in a crisis call 000. For help or information regarding domestic violence call the Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service 1800 737 732 or The Men's Referral Service 1300 766 491.


One in Three Campaign launches Respectful Relationship poster series for young males

One in Three has produced a series of seven free digital poster designs aimed at educating boys and young men about respectful and healthy relationships. Covering issues such as sexual abuse/unwanted sex, social abuse/isolation and physical and emotional abuse, the posters aim to encourage young males not to accept unhealthy or abusive behaviours in their relationships. If the posters are to be used in a co-ed (mixed sex) context, we would expect that other posters be displayed giving similar messages to girls and young women. There are many such posters available from other organisations.

The posters are available as high-resolution PDF files in A3 size, in 7 designs. They are ready to download, print off and display at your school or service.

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National Press Club: Rosie Batty answers question about male victims and female perpetrators (YouTube video)

Australian of the Year and anti-domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty addresses the National Press Club in Canberra.

Here she answers a question from Fairfax journalist Ron Aggs about male victims, female perpetrators, same-sex relationships and broader family violence.


One in Three responds to No To Violence and Dr Michael Flood

The One in Three Campaign has responded to a reply by No To Violence to a question taken on notice about male perpetrators at the November 5, 2014 hearing of the Senate Committee inquiry into Domestic Violence. Our response, lodged with the Senate Committee inquiry in December 2014, is finally able to be released after being accepted by the Committee as correspondence some 5 months later. Our response also contains a detailed analysis and rebuttal of claims made in a seminar paper by Dr Michael Flood titled "He Hits, She Hits: Assessing debates regarding men’s and women’s experiences of domestic violence," that was presented a number of times during the second half of 2012. 

Read the full 1IN3 response.


Report on One in Three's involvement with the Federal Senate Inquiry into Domestic Violence

In July 2014, the One in Three Campaign lodged our written submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Finance and Public Administration’s Inquiry into Domestic Violence in Australia. Some ten months later, our dealings with the Inquiry have finally concluded and we are able to talk about our experiences. This has been an eye-opening experience for the men and women of One in Three. We were prepared for rigorous questioning and challenging of our views, but not for the levels of direct, unsubstantiated and unprovoked attack by some members of the Senate Committee and other organisations appearing before it. What follows is a detailed account of our experiences, and is unfortunately lengthy. However we feel this level of detail is necessary for reasons of transparency.

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