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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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Domestic violence against men 'under-reported' in the ACT | Canberra Times

Ben Westcott, Reporter at The Canberra Times

An ACT relationship support service says reported family violence cases with men as the victims is possibly under-reported due to the stigma associated with it.

Relationships Australia ACT psychologist Bernadette Post said while the vast majority victims who sought help were women and children, Canberra men also came through their doors.

"We work with men who are being subjected to violence and abuse by their female partners, as well as men in same sex relationships and mutual couple violence situations," she said.

"It is often difficult for men to report they are a victim of violence from their intimate partner and there is more stigma surrounding this issue for men who are often reluctant to talk about this or seek help.

"It is possible that this issue is under-reported and it is a complex issue with many layers."

Ms Post said while the intent of women's violence towards men was often different, it could still leave a man with a range of distressing emotions.

"It often does not have the extreme fear factor involved in a long term 'power and control' motivated violence," she said.

"However it can leave a man feeling confused, humiliated, manipulated, powerless and shamed, amongst a range of other distressing emotions.

"This experience can be compounded by society's expectations of men ... as being in control, strong and dominant."

According to statistics provided by domestic violence service OurWatch, one in 19 men in Australia has experienced physical or sexual violence from a current or former partner, while one in seven has experienced emotional abuse.

The statistics are far below women, for whom one in six has experienced domestic violence and one in four has experienced emotional abuse.

One In Three senior researcher Greg Andresen said there was a lack of services for male victims of domestic violence in the community, as well as for women.

"We're still playing catch-up when it comes to men," he said.

"They're just not available. I have a colleague who works on the south coast of NSW and it's a problem he sees ... we've still got to work through some of these issues."

Mr Andresen said discussing the difficulties men had as victims of domestic violence in no way diminished violence suffered by women at the hands of their partners.

"We should be supporting all victims," he said.

"We should be supporting men, women, children, anyone who's a victim of domestic violence.

"They need all the support they can get."


Home violence not just at the hands of men | Toowoomba Chronicle


BRENDAN is a big man with a big heart.

And it's that big heart that almost cost him everything - his home, his belongings, his emotional health and his newborn daughter.

The council worker is slowly recovering from eight months of hell at the hands of a woman who declared her undying love for him.

Brendan hooked up with the woman last March.

She was a close friend the 28-year-old had known since high school.

The relationship came out of the blue for the physically fit, 185cm-tall, unassuming chap from NSW.

"We just sort of took a bit of a pot-shot I suppose and thought, 'well, why not see how we go in a relationship and play it from there'," he said.

"We had a fair bit in common, we got along as friends, and we thought it would work out all right."

About eight weeks after the relationship started, Brendan helped move his girlfriend from Queensland to NSW.

They set up a small house and began negotiating the path from friendship to love.

Within weeks, the cracks began to appear.

At first, his new partner started checking his phone calls and text messages.

Before long his newly pregnant spouse had banned him from seeing his parents.

She also hacked into his computer, raided his passwords and began trawling through his email, Facebook and bank account.

It wasn't long before the abuse started.

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1IN3 interview on ABC Radio Gippsland Breakfast with Sian Gard

Domestic violence is a problem that impacts on many people. Regardless of age, sex, wealth, education and status domestic violence is a problem in Gippsland, but men are rarely seen as the victims.

Greg Andresen is the Senior Researcher from the One in Three campaign, a group formed in 2009 to raise awareness that one in three men are victims of domestic violence.

Greg speaks to Sian Gard about the very rarely talked about topic, men are victims of domestic violence.


If you are a male victim of domestic violence you can contact Mensline on 1300 78 99 78 for support and help.


One in Three Campaign publishes report on first 5 years

The One in Three Campaign is a diverse group of male and female professionals – academics, researchers, social workers, psychologists, counsellors, lawyers, health promotion workers, trainers and survivor/advocates. The Campaign aims to raise public awareness of the existence and needs of male victims of family violence and abuse; to work with government and non-government services alike to provide assistance to everyone affected by family violence; and to reduce the incidence and impacts of family violence on Australian men, women and children.

The Campaign today released a report highlighting its achievements since foundation in November 2009. One in Three has received an overwhelmingly positive reponse from the general public. Over the past 5 years more services, funding and resources have become available to male victims of family violence and their children and more men are coming forward and reporting their experiences of family violence. There has been greater coverage of the issue in the mass media. One in Three has collaborated with a number of other NGOs to provide research, services, support and awareness raising for male victims and their children. They have also regularly given conference presentations and written submissions to government inquiries.

The One in Three Campaign 5 Year Report, March 2015, can be downloaded here.