RECENT NEWS ARTICLES

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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Tuesday
May272014

Channel 7 Sunrise covers ManKind viral video

This morning's Sunrise TV Program (Channel 7) conducted an interview with Mark Brooks, Chairman of the UK's ManKind Initative.

Monday
May262014

Video shows laughter at female-on-male violence (NineMSN)

By Matthew Henry, ninemsn, 9:29am May 26, 2014

Video shows laughter at female-on-male violence. That’s the disturbing finding of a public experiment conducted in a London park filmed for an advertisement about domestic violence against men.

The video, created by DareLondon for the Mankind Initiative, shows how shocked and angry onlookers quickly intervene when the male actor fakes a violent assault on his ‘girlfriend’ – also an actor.

But when they change roles the public’s reaction – caught on three hidden cameras – is entirely different.

Onlookers can be seen laughing as the woman physically abuses and belittles her partner in full view of dozens of people.

The video has been viewed over a million times on YouTube and is generating discussion on Twitter with the hashtag #ViolenceIsViolence.

While the majority of family violence victims in Australia are women, domestic abuse against men is more common than often thought.

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures from December show 33.3 percent of people abused by their current partner are men.

Greg Andresen, senior researcher with male domestic abuse support group One-In-Three, said the video highlights two assumptions male abuse victims face: that they are probably at fault and that they should "man up" and take it.

"Even when the tables are turned people assume that he's the abuser and she's probably just getting her own back," Andresen told ninemsn. "It's a sort of 'you go girl' attitude."

He also believes people do not rush to help the man because men are "big and tough" and are never going to be seriously hurt.

"The evidence shows that when men are in an abusive relationship women are more likely to compensate by using weapons such as knives, guns or pouring boiling water over their partners," he said.

"Violence happens to men too and people should never think of violence as a joke."

Sources: Metro, YouTube, OneInThree, Mankind Initiative

Monday
May262014

#ViolenceIsViolence: Domestic abuse advert Mankind

The best ad about male victims of domestic violence we've ever seen. Already going viral with almost 1.5 million views.

40% of domestic violence is against men in the UK. #ViolenceIsViolence, no matter who it's aimed at. The Mankind helpline costs just £35,000 per year to run, by donating a few £ you will help us to support men suffering in this way get the support they need. Please donate here: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/mankindinitiative - plus follow us @mankindinit

Monday
Apr142014

Domestic violence study suspended by UNSW for breach of ethics

An online ‘domestic violence study’ has been ordered offline by the University of NSW Human Research Ethics Committee.

Flyers published by the survey organisers have been ordered destroyed.

The study, being conducted by the Gendered Violence Research Network, White Ribbon Australia and Youth Action NSW, was found by the Ethics Committee to have breached the University’s code of ethics.

The decision comes after a national coalition of men’s health advocates made a formal complaint to the University claiming the survey was gender-biased, poorly formulated and misleading. They argued it could not achieve its stated aims and any consequent findings would be unreliable and likely to mislead the public.

Chair of the Ethics Committee, Professor Heather Worth, found that a quote on the original flyers claiming that “childhood exposure to intimate violence increased the likelihood of intergeneration violence particularly amongst boys” was incorrect. The ethics committee has ordered that the flyers be destroyed and replaced by a new flyer that has correct information, including any quotes.

Professor Worth also found that the participants’ information sheet referred to by the survey was not accessible as claimed. The Ethics Committee has instructed that the survey be suspended until the link is in place.

Men’s Health Australia spokesman Greg Andresen said, “We congratulate the University for investigating our complaint so speedily and acting upon these ethical breaches. It is essential that domestic violence research, especially that involving young people, is conducted properly.”

“The incorrect statement in question was lifted directly from current White Ribbon ‘Fact Sheets’ that haven’t been corrected. The University’s investigation determined that some of the methodological issues raised in our complaint would be dealt with in peer review of the findings when the authors submit publications for review. We trust that White Ribbon Australia plans to subject this study to the rigours of the peer review process prior to publishing any reports on its website. It is regretfully common that much gendered violence ‘research’ makes it into the public domain without going anywhere near peer review challenge,” said Mr Andresen.

Media contact:

Greg Andresen
Editor, Men’s Health Australia
Email
Mobile 0403 813 925

Thursday
Jan302014

Change.org petition to provide gender neutral services so all victims get help (UK)

Petition by Smash Devon Exeter, United Kingdom, petitioning David Cameron, Ministry of justice to provide gender neutral services so all victims get help.

As a survivor of sexual abuse spanning 29 years I have been lucky enough to have varying levels of support from services that help women recover from such ordeals. I cant say my life is perfect after such suffering but I can at least be thankful I have had some support.

I have written the following articles on abuse

http://www.scribd.com/doc/177251489/Untitled

http://www.scribd.com/doc/190786086/Untitled

http://www.scribd.com/doc/172258313/Untitled

http://twitdoc.com/view.asp?id=116318&sid=2HR2&ext=DOCX&lcl=When-rape-isn-t-rape.docx&usr=MaleAbuseHelp&doc=187397717&key=key-1vtfwttpdd9pj0r1k61a

My brother on the other hand had little support and has had his life destroyed by heroine. There is few services that help the 1/6 men who suffer sexual violence. Most rape crisis centres dont help men eventhough rape has a devastating affect on all. There is I think 2 refuges that provide shelter to the 800,000 men who fall victim to domestic violence. There is no 24 hour helpline for men needing support and advice. We have a government policy regarding violence against women but not the same for violence against men, again presuming its only women who are the victims. While services for women get allocated £40m to support women suffering from domestic violence mens services get just £225k. It is estimated that there are 1.2m women victims and 800,000 male victims. All statistics are a estimate but while on average each woman who suffers get £33 a man gets 27p. Men deserve to receive the same support as women.

I would like to see:

  • Gender neutral campaigns highlighting all can be abused.
  • A dedicated 24 hour help line for male victims of domestic violence
  • Refuges for men suffering domestic violence
  • Training given to police forces on how to best support male victims
  • Specialised counselling services for male victims of sexual violence
  • A government policy working towards ending violence against all
  • A male victims of domestic violence male rape fund.

We all deserve support when we have been traumatised, not just some.

Click here to sign this petition.