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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.


Open letter to the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Bill Shorten

Thank you, Bill, for your concern about the serious issue of violence in Australian society.

You offered some statistics about violence against women and also about women's experience of family violence, but nothing about male victims.

Here are the corresponding statistics when it comes to men:

  • 1 in 2 Australian men have experienced physical violence since the age of 15 (ABS).
  • Like female victims of violence, male victims were most likely to have experienced violence from strangers and other known persons during the last 12 months, and least likely to have experienced violence from a partner (ABS).
  • 5 per cent of Australian men have experienced violence by a current or previous partner in their lifetime (ABS).
  • 1 in 3 adults who experienced violence from a current partner during the last 12 months or since the age of 15 were male (ABS).
  • Just 5 per cent of Australian men who have experienced current partner violence reported it to police (ABS).
  • 1 man is killed every ten days in a domestic homicide (AIC).

Neither these statistics, nor those of female victims are acceptable in a civilised society.

Bill, you talked yesterday of standing with every Australian experiencing family violence. Please ensure Labor's family violence response encompasses men, women and children, whether victims or perpetrators.

One in Three


Q&A domestic violence program ignored male victims |


The debate about domestic violence has descended morality play in which roles are assigned according to gender, writes Bill O'Chee.

While the increased awareness of domestic violence issues is to be welcomed, its manipulation by those with other agendas is an entirely different matter.  

Monday night's Q&A programme on the ABC was a case in point. Not only did it work hard on perpetuating stereotypes about domestic violence, but the producers also refused to accept a potential panelist because she was a woman. 

I have seen emails which show the producers had originally invited on the panel a man from 1in3, a group working to raise the profile of male victims of domestic violence. He was unable to go on, but well known psychologist and author on men's health, Dr Elizabeth Celi, was suggested instead. The producers rejected her because she was a woman.  

More precisely, they rejected her because she was an eloquent and insightful woman who wanted to speak up for men and children who were the victims of domestic violence. You see, the problem was she didn't fit the stereotype.

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