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OPINION: Men are victims of domestic violence too | Newcastle Herald


LAST month a NSW Police Facebook post talked about male victims of family violence and the fact that last year one in five domestic violence assaults that NSW police attended to involved male victims.

 This is not news for many of us who have worked for many years to advocate for rights for male domestic violence victims and for services to be provided for them and also female perpetrators

 Both of these groups – male victims and female perpetrators – are “invisible” in the eyes of the domestic violence field in this country.

Male victims need to be encouraged to come forward, and they need as much support as female and child victims of family violence, and the NSW Police Facebook post  we hope will help to facilitate this.

The fact that women are victims of domestic violence in 66per cent of the cases needs to be addressed and is being addressed, but what about the other 33per cent? 

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In Australia One in Three Victims of Family Violence are Men | VICE | Australia / NZ


Story by Paul Gregoire. Image by Michael Hili

In 2007, a New South Wales father of two who we'll call Kevin Logan fell ill. Paralysed, he went to hospital and stayed there for two months. On returning home, he was bedridden for most of the day and unable to work. That's when his wife's verbal taunting began. What started as persistent criticisms intensified into threats. Gradually the emotional abuse escalated into physical violence.

One night a few years later, as she set upon him with shoving and biting, Kevin pushed his wife. She fell and hit her head on the side of the couch. When the police arrived, she was demanding his arrest. But on hearing the full story, the police said she should be arrested. She'd initiated the altercation and her husband had acted to defend himself. Kevin refused to press charges.

After the episode with police, Kevin left his family home and lived out of his cleaning van for three months. "People say to me, 'Why didn't you go to your mum's or your brother's first?'" Kevin told VICE. "But how do you go and tell your family that your wife's been abusing you?"

The silence experienced by Kevin is typical of family violence against men. And while this could be said of family violence in general, there is a particular shortage of dialogue and services around male victims.

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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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