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Male victims of domestic violence: Police facebook post stirs debate on controversial issue


A Facebook post by NSW Police has sparked a passionate social media debate on an issue many suggest society — and the police themselves — sweep under the carpet.

The post, written this morning, sets a typical domestic violence scene but plays with assumptions to highlight this statistic:

“Last year, 1 in every 5 domestic violence assaults that NSW Police responded to involving intimate partners were for male victims.”

Already the post has been shared nearly 5000 times and drawn hundreds of comments.

Many posters are supportive of the police raising the issue, with many sharing their own survival stories. Although some suggest the police don’t treat the issue as seriously as they should.

“Many more stories like this are needed,” wrote Darren Quinn. “There are too many assumptions by the general public that its him him him.”

Hellen Brugnatti, agreed, saying: “It’s nice to see some recognition where the men are victims not just the woman victims.”

However, some men suggest the police have failed to treat domestic violence against men with the same level of gravity they would if the victim was female.

“I called police on a few occasions over 6 months to report an attack on me,” wrote Stephen Cook.

“I was called a sook by the officers and they did not take statements or recorded (sic).”

Henry Tunks backed up Mr Cook’s assertion:

“The NSW Police don’t help male victims of domestic violence unless force(d) to do so,” he wrote. “The NSW Police do a wonderful job in almost all areas, helping male victims is not one.”

However, many like Caroline Watts encouraged victims of all genders to report abuse.

“It takes a lot of courage to stand up, walk into the police station and say I need help regardless of your sex or the type of relationship you have,” she said.

“People’s attitudes and tolerance towards domestic violence are slowly changing and one day hopefully everyone will have zero tolerance towards it.

“I thank the police who helped me every day and also pray that they stay safe when they need to go into these situations to help the next person.”

Advocacy group the One in Three Campaign suggests that 2012 research from the Australian Beaureau of Statistics put the proportion of male victims of partner violence at 33%.

This includes assaults against men by other family members - sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, and extended family members.

Greg Andresen, senior researcher for the organisation, said men are much less likely to report violence for a number of reasons. These include the social stigmas of being unable to protect themselves, fear that disclosure could end their relationship or uncertainty about where to seek help.

“Even in 2015 both men and women are raised to believe that men are supposed to be ‘big, tough, strong and powerful’ and women are supposed to be ‘smaller, weaker and powerless’,” Andresen said.

“There is probably a grain of truth to these stereotypes. However, they don’t account for the fact that many men aren’t ‘big, tough, strong and powerful’ and many women aren’t “smaller, weaker and powerless.”

He added that his organisation believes the response of authorities hasn’t been tough enough.

“Unfortunately the message from governments and NGOs such as White Ribbon and Amnesty International has been completely one-sided - only sending the message that male violence against women needs to be stopped,” he said.

“There has been no community education censuring violence by women, or raising awareness of the existence or needs of male victims of family violence. This Facebook post post by the NSW Police is one of the first instances we have seen since we launched in 2009.”

ABS statistics also show that 37.3% of victims of partner emotional abuse were men, 38.7% of domestic homicide victims were men and over half of these males experienced anxiety or fear due to the emotional abuse.

The same figures suggest “current partner violence’ on men experienced a 175% rise between 2005 and 2012.

The site says men are 2 or 3 times more likely than woman to never tell anyone about experiencing domestic violence and twice as likely to have never asked for advice on the issue.


NSW Police acknowledge male victims of intimate partner violence

NSW Police today took the rare and long-overdue step of acknowledging male victims of intimate partner violence and their children with this post on their Facebook Page which is quickly going viral, with many supportive comments underneath it.

While 1 in 5 victims of intimate partner assaults attended by NSW Police are male, 1 in 3 victims of all domestic assaults attended by NSW Police are male. Let's not forget the male victims who are assaulted by other family members - sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, extended members of the family.

We have heard hundreds of stories of male victims and their children being treated poorly by NSW Police over the past 5 years, so lets hope this post isn't just a PR exercise and that there is genuine cultural change on the ground.


Men are victims of domestic violence too (Hawkesbury Courier)

With White Ribbon Day focusing primarily on domestic violence against women, violence against men rarely gets recognised, despite research showing it's a serious problem in the Hawkesbury.

Males are generally the perpetrators of domestic violence (DV) but a 2011 statistical review in the Hawkesbury revealed there was one male reported for every five female DV victims.

Nationally males are the victims in one in three family violence incidents.

In the Hawkesbury, the most common violence is between parents and children.

A lack of policies and funding for men's health has prompted Hawkesbury District Health Service men's health co-ordinator, Stephen Lillie, and Hawkesbury DV officer, Constable Lesley King, to develop a Yellow Card program which focuses on male DV victims.

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Why Men Remain Silent About Domestic Violence (UK)

Why are male victims of domestic violence more likely to suffer in silence? One man explains why he kept the problem to himself...

I’m task-oriented. I will discuss my aims, my projects, my achievements with anyone.  But if you asked me how I was feeling, the answer you would get would be , “I’m fine,” even if I wasn’t.

It just wasn’t part of my nature to talk about my feelings and emotions.  If I felt hurt, I wasn’t going to make an issue of it – I certainly wouldn’t let anyone know – I’d simply dust myself down, pick myself up and carry on.   I would talk about what I could do or what I was going to do, but never about how I felt or the circumstances behind emotions.  I would say that this is true for most men that our innermost angst remains locked away in our psyche.

For a long time, I didn’t recognise the violent assaults on me as Domestic Abuse.  I’d made a wedding vow that included the words, “ for better or for worst, in sickness and in health.”   The actions perpetrated against me, I reasoned, was because of some undiagnosed illness caused by the stress of bereavement and maybe even physiological changes due to childbirth.  My pleas to my ex-wife to seek medical attention for her extreme anger outbursts were ignored.

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Domestic violence group White Ribbon Australia in domain name dispute

Leading domestic violence prevention group White Ribbon Australia is considering legal action against a US men's rights group which has launched a rival website named, claiming that abuse against women is overstated at the expense of men.

White Ribbon Australia chief executive Libby Davies accused the Texas-based group, A Voice for Men, of trying to undermine its campaign to prevent violence against women and children.

"A Voice for Men is using almost fraudulent practices to guide people away from White Ribbon by using a url called," she told a Senate committee hearing into domestic violence.

White Ribbon Australia, which uses the domain name, has sought legal advice to see what action can be taken against the US site which is asking for donations to fund its defence.

A Voice for Men founder Paul Elam denied fraudulent use of the domain name, saying that he was the legal owner.

"The term 'white ribbon' is not trademarked except by a wine company in the United States," he said.

"There is no trademark infringement here. The domain is legally owned by me. I fail to see where any notion of fraud might be."

Speaking at the public hearing of the federal inquiry, Ms Davies claimed an Australian men's group, the One in Three Campaign, was also trying to derail the domestic violence message.

"We find their strategies very disrespectful," she said. "We have not used similar strategies to undermine them."

One in Three Campaign representatives Greg Andresen and Andrew Humphreys told the hearing they were speaking up for male victims of domestic violence whose plight was ignored due to the focus on women, calling for more male-only support services.

"We want to see male victims acknowledged . . . male victims need to feel more comfortable coming forward," Mr Andresen said. "There is a stigma."

The Australian Bureau of Statistics' personal safety survey found that 16.9 per cent of women had experienced partner violence since the age of 15 compared with 5.3 per cent of men.

Mayet Costello, research manager of Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety, acknowledged that men also suffer violence but were at lower risk than women.

"Resources should be directed to where they are most needed," she said.

Larissa Waters, the Greens senator who initiated the inquiry, said it revealed the widespread prevalence of domestic violence despite a national plan to reduce the problem.

"We are seeing escalating violence against women and their children and when you look at the budget, it cuts many of the services women need to escape violence," she said.

"The cuts to housing and to community legal centres will keep women in violent situations. They have nowhere to go and that is the most tragic thing."

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