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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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

Click here to view the video.


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.


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


One in Three to present at Strathfield Council Domestic & Family Violence Forum, 13th May


One in Three is no longer presenting at this event.

The One in Three Campaign will be presenting on behalf of male victims of family violence at the Strathfield Council Domestic & Family Violence Forum, to be held at the Dutton Centre, 40 Augusta Street, Strathfield, on Wednesday 13th May.

You can download a promotional flyer here. Please circulate through your networks.

More details:

Strathfield Council is hosting a forum for local women and men to raise awareness about the prevention of domestic violence, and the community services available for victims of domestic violence. The forum will be include presentations by Our Watch, Welfare Rights Centre, Legal Aid, One in Three and NSW Police, plus a special performance by Bankstown Boys Primary School.

Location: The Dutton Centre, 40 Augusta Street, Strathfield
Date: Wednesday 13 May, 10.30am – 2pm
RSVP: Friday 1 May to Genevieve Carey on 9748 9999

Tea and Coffee and BBQ lunch included. Please advise of dietary requirements at time of booking.


Domestic violence against men hits record high…. | EQUALITY 4 MEN


Domestic violence against men in Northern Ireland has risen by more than 40% in the past nine years according to a report in the Belfast Telegraph.

Since records began in 2004/5, there has been a 41% increase in reported domestic violence offences against men aged 18 and over, compared with a rise of 9% for women in the same period.

In recent years there has been a growing awareness that men are the hidden victims of domestic violence.

Research spanning over 40 years has consistently found that women are just as likely to perpetrate domestic violence as men. The key difference is that women are more likely to be injured or killed.

Yet men still represent a substantial proportion of victims who are assaulted (50%), injured (30%) or killed (25%) during a violent attack by an intimate partner, according to leading experts.

Despite the dramatic rise in men reporting in Northern Ireland, they still account for just 9% of reported incidents which suggests that many male victims are still suffering in silence.

Research shows that male victims of domestic violence are less likely to get the help and support they need. Men are twice as likely to tell no-one about the violence and are far less likely to see their abusive partner brought to justice.

Peter Morris of  Men’s Aid Northern Ireland said:

“We know there are many men in Northern Ireland who are living in fear of their partners and we want them to know there is help out there.

“Shame is a major factor for male victims. It’s why a lot of them don’t come forward and don’t want to talk about it.

“Men are also reluctant to seek help because they think to do so may imply they are weak and not masculine. On top of all that, there’s a lack of support agencies for men and difficult for these organisations to get funding.”

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