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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Friday
May152015

'It is not funny': Jeremy Kyle berates audience for laughing at family violence | Sydney Morning Herald

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Host Jeremy Kyle, left, chastised the audience for laughing at a male victim of domestic violence on his talk show. Photo: Youtube

He has been accused of deliberately choosing poorly-educated guests to make the British ashamed of their national identity and preying on dysfunctional people under the guise of entertainment.

But this week, social media users applauded British tabloid talk show host Jeremy Kyle for berating his audience after they laughed at a male victim of domestic abuse who appeared as a guest.

During a segment titled "You're a violent cheat but I hope your baby's mine!", The Jeremy Kyle Show guest Geoff recounted how he ended up in hospital after jumping from a third-storey balcony to escape from his ex-girlfriend Danni.

When the audience erupted in laughter, Kyle accused them of having double standards.

"I don't want to upset anyone in the audience but if a woman was sat here and a bloke had locked her in a flat and she'd been forced to jump out and injure herself, you lot would not be laughing," he said.

"You would be saying he is a total nightmare, he should be locked up and this is disgraceful. Just because it happened to a bloke, it is not funny."

Social media users hailed Kyle's intervention, with one Twitter user writing: "Hate Jeremy Kyle, but the man's speaking the truth" and another tweeting: "I think Jeremy Kyle is a complete tool and his show is awful but I have to give credit where it's due."

The reaction of the Jeremy Kyle Show audience was not surprising, said Greg Andresen, senior researcher and founder of the One in Three campaign  to support for male victims of family violence.

"As a society we still have trouble coming to terms with the fact that a man – who is supposed to be strong and tough … and all these things we cherish about masculinity – is able to be abused and assaulted by a woman, who is supposed to be smaller and weaker," he said.

Public health messages that portray domestic violence as "something men do to women", combined with a lack of services for male victims of family violence, compounded their sense of isolation, Andreson said.

Shame and embarrassment meant men were much less likely to report abuse to police. "And when they do they're told to go home, man up and grow some balls," he said.

One in 19 men and one in six women have experienced physical or sexual violence from a current or former partner, according to figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Thursday
May142015

Male domestic violence isn't funny : Host slams audience - Yahoo7

Daytime television host Jeremy Kyle has been praised for calling out his own audience for laughing at a male victim of domestic violence.

The British broadcaster was interviewing a young father-of-two who described the abuse he had suffered at the hands of his female partner.

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Domestic violence victim Geoff appears on The Jeremy Kyle Show. Photo: ITV

"She locked me in the flat. Obviously me being angry I didn't know that the door was locked, I've gone over, I've grabbed the door handle, pulled it and it's come straight off in my hands," Geoff said.

"So I was stuck on a three-storey flat, and I've had to jump off a three-storey balcony."

The predominately female audience then erupted in laughter, as Geoff tried to speak up about his horrific injuries, and how he ended up in hospital because his partner would not let him out of the house.

"I cut all my arm and back open," Geoff is heard saying underneath the crowd's laughter, until Jeremy Kyle shakes his head and then interjects.

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Monday
May112015

Gregory Riddett - Royal Commission into Family Violence (YouTube video)

A great message from Gregory Riddett, encouraging victims of family violence to send in submissions to the Victorian Royal Commission at http://www.rcfv.com.au.

Click here to view the video.

Wednesday
May062015

One in Three no longer presenting at Strathfield Council Domestic & Family Violence Forum, 13th May


Four weeks after being invited to participate; a fortnight after the official flyer was circulated; and just four days after the program was confirmed, One in Three received an apologetic email yesterday from Strathfield Council.

The email withdrew the Council's invitation for One in Three to present at the Domestic & Family Violence Forum on 13th May. The reason given was that the Stop Domestic Violence Action Group is trying to develop links with welfare organisations to connect victims of domestic violence directly with crisis emergency services. Hence it isn't the right audience for our presentation about male victims of family violence.

The current program for the event includes Our Watch and Bankstown Primary School, neither of which are welfare organisations nor emergency services.

We are disappointed that once again a Domestic Violence event will have no advocacy for the one in three victims of family violence who are male.

Friday
May012015

Open letter from 1IN3 to Jane Gilmore, Daily Life columnist and Candice Chung, Daily Life Editor

Dear Jane and Candice,

We are writing to you to request that you correct some serious factual errors contained in your article "The 'One in Three' claim about male domestic violence victims is a myth" (April 30). We sincerely hope that Daily Life adheres to the principles of the Australian Press Council concerning accuracy and clarity.

We believe the errors to be as follows:

1. You state that the One in Three Campaign website claims the source of the 'One in Three' claim is The Australia Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Personal Safety Survey (PSS). This is quite incorrect. If you look at the overview page on our website, you will see that we cite seventeen different authoritative sources, including the PSS, but also other community surveys, crime, police, homicide, hospital, and protection order statistics, all demonstrating that one in three victims of family violence is male. For example, the NSW Auditor General found that 34% (more than one in three) domestic and family violence incidents recorded by Police in 2010 involved male victims and 30% (almost one in three) involved female perpetrators.

2. You note correctly that the data in Table 3 of the PSS appearing to suggest that males are 33 per cent of people who have experienced an act of violence from a current partner in the last 12 months is marked with a warning that states: "Estimate has a relative standard error of 25 per cent to 50 per cent and should be used with caution." The reason for this large error is the biased sample used by the ABS for the PSS. They surveyed 13,307 fully responding females but only 3,743 fully responding males. If an equal number of males and females had been sampled, the relative error in question would have been reduced. Nevertheless, if one looks at Table 4 of the PSS, you will see that 119,600 males and 237,100 females had experienced violence from a current partner since the age of 15. There is no warning about relative standard error here. And the proportion of male victims is exactly the same as the last 12 months data: exactly one third of victims are male.

3. You refer to Table 22 about the frequency of partner violence, again stating incorrectly that "current partner violence is unreliable." You appear to have ignored the robust data on current partner violence (there is no warning about relative standard error) indicating that one third of people who reported more than one violent incident from a current partner were male (77,800 males and 154,500 females).

4. You claim that the PSS doesn't ask if respondents felt frightened or helpless or controlled. Table 32 found that more than one in three victims of partner emotional abuse were male (37.1% in the last 12 months; 36.3% since the age of 15) and Table 33 found that around half of these males experienced anxiety or fear due to the emotional abuse (46.1%).

5. You claim correctly that the ABS PSS is limited as a tool in understanding the dynamics of domestic violence. However you infer that the only people using the ABS PSS as a good benchmark of domestic and family violence are those making the 'One in Three' claim, and that this is done so deliberately "in its attempts to divert attention away from male violence". The ABS PSS is acknowledged to be the best indicator of the levels of domestic and family violence in Australia by every significant government and NGO in the sector: ANROWS, White Ribbon, Our Watch, etc. For example, ANROWS relies almost completely on ABS PSS data for it's Fact Sheet on Key Statistics on Violence Against Women. If the data can be legitimately used by these respected organisations, it can also be used by advocates for male victims of family violence.

6. You claim that we, as a society, aren't ignoring the needs of male victims. The NSW Government Legislative Council’s Standing Committee on Social Issues report on domestic violence trends and issues in NSW found that "Male victims have been much less visible and able to access supports than should be the case". It further recognised "the gap in services for male victims and [encouraged] the government to examine how services can most appropriately be provided to male victims of domestic violence".

We hope you are able to correct these errors and misrepresentations as a matter of urgency.

Yours sincerely,

Greg Andresen
Senior Researcher
One in Three Campaign