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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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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ABC TV Q&A Family Violence Special - Question from Male Victim

Excerpt from the ABC TV Q&A Family Violence Special broadcast live on Feb 23, 2015.

Audience member Steve Khouw notes that ABS and AIC data shows at least one in three victims of family violence is male. He talks bravely about his experience of being assaulted and suffering immensely with psychological trauma. He reveals that nobody believed him – the police, social workers, the court system, not even his mates – because he is male.

Steve asks the panel how we can recognise and assist male victims of family violence in such a way that we don't take away the good work that we are already doing in preventing violence against women.


Statement from One in Three re ABC TV #QandA Family Violence Special @QandA


On Feb 12 an ABC TV producer contacted Greg Andresen, Senior Researcher from One in Three, inviting him to join the Q&A panel for their special show on Family Violence on Monday Feb 23.

Unfortunately Mr Andresen was unavailable, so on Feb 15 he declined the ABC's invitation.

The ABC producer called Mr Andresen on Feb 16 asking whether another male representative from One in Three would be available to take part.

Unfortunately no male representatives were available, so Mr Andresen wrote to the ABC offering them Dr Elizabeth Celi for the Q&A panel. Dr Celi is a psychologist, men's health advocate and author of Breaking the Silence: A Practical Guide for Male Victims of Domestic Abuse. She is eminently qualified, has done extensive media work and has been involved with the work of One in Three since it's launch in 2009.

The ABC declined One in Three's offer and instead chose Mr Simon Santosha for the panel.

The One in Three Campaign, which campaigns against all family violence and advocates for the one third of victims who are male, feels the presence of Dr Celi could have added valuable clinical insight and statistical information not normally included in the public discussion when looking for solutions to this pressing social issue.


ABC TV Q&A Family Violence Special, Mon Feb 23 - Join the Studio Audience

ABC TV's Q&A program is putting on a Family Violence special next Monday 23rd Feb at 9.35pm AEDT.

It would be great if supporters of One in Three, especially men who have experienced family violence, could join the studio audience for a chance to ask questions of the Panel.

Register here and email us at  if you can, so we can let the producers know. Do it today or tomorrow as the audience is filling up fast.

If you can't make it along, do watch the program and join the discussion on Twitter.

Here's more about the Q&A Program:

Q&A puts punters, pollies and pundits together in the studio to thrash out the hot issues of the week. It's about democracy in action - on Q&A the audience gets to ask the questions. It doesn't matter who you are, or where you're from - everyone can have a go and take it up to our politicians and opinion makers. Energetic and opinionated - Q&A brings Australia's egalitarian and larrikin spirit into the studio. Q&A is about encouraging people to engage with politics and society. Q&A is hosted by one of the ABC's most respected journalists - Tony Jones. Q&A is live to air - it's happening as viewers watch.