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
Sep092014

Research into sexual abuse by a biological mother

A researcher at the University of Canberra is collecting information from Australian males about males’ experiences seeking and/or receiving counselling for sexual abuse by a biological mother.

This research has been given approval by the University of Canberra’s Committee on Ethical Human Research.

This is a 40-question, online survey.

Your response will be anonymous, and only seen by the researcher and research supervisors.

Practitioners are invited to complete a questionnaire online at http://canberra.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3PH3S8VTl59n5xH. The online survey is now open, until 12 December 2014. This survey focuses on practitioners background and approach to counselling males.

Males who have been sexually abused (possibly still undisclosed) and sought and/or received counselling support are invited to complete their own questionnaire online at http://canberra.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1zd1ZwJetVexXud. New questions have been added to this survey, as suggested by male victims of sexual assault.

Open from 22 July 2014.

Being part of this research is your choice.

Sunday
Aug032014

One in Three's submission to Senate inquiry into domestic violence

On 26 June 2014, the following matter was referred to the Finance and Public Administration References Committee for inquiry and report by the 27 October 2014:

  1. the prevalence and impact of domestic violence in Australia as it affects all Australians and, in particular, as it affects:
  2. women living with a disability, and
  3. women from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds;
  4. the factors contributing to the present levels of domestic violence;
  5. the adequacy of policy and community responses to domestic violence;
  6. the effects of policy decisions regarding housing, legal services, and women‘s economic independence on the ability of women to escape domestic violence;
  7. how the Federal Government can best support, contribute to and drive the social, cultural and behavioural shifts required to eliminate violence against women and their children; and
  8. any other related matters.

You can read One in Three's submssion to the inquiry here.

Friday
Jul252014

Senate inquiry into domestic violence in Australia

On 26 June 2014, the following matter was referred to the Finance and Public Administration References Committee for inquiry and report by the 27 October 2014:

  1. the prevalence and impact of domestic violence in Australia as it affects all Australians and, in particular, as it affects:
  2. women living with a disability, and
  3. women from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds;
  4. the factors contributing to the present levels of domestic violence;
  5. the adequacy of policy and community responses to domestic violence;
  6. the effects of policy decisions regarding housing, legal services, and women‘s economic independence on the ability of women to escape domestic violence;
  7. how the Federal Government can best support, contribute to and drive the social, cultural and behavioural shifts required to eliminate violence against women and their children; and
  8. any other related matters.

Submissions closing date is 31 July 2014. The reporting date is 27 October 2014.

The committee will not be considering or examining any material that relates solely to personal cases or grievances. The committee process is not a forum to resolve these issues but to explore the adequacy of policy responses and the effects of policy settings regarding housing, legal services and women’s economic independence on their ability to escape violence.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Senate Finance and Public Administration Committees

PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3439

Fax: +61 2 6277 5809

fpa.sen@aph.gov.au

http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Finance_and_Public_Administration/Domestic_Violence

Saturday
Jun072014

Preventing and Responding to Sexual and Domestic Violence against Men - A Guidance Note for Security Sector Institutions

Large numbers of men are subjected to Sexual and Domestic Violence (SDV). For example, official statistics from Australia estimate that 336,000 men (4 per cent of the male population) have been victims of sexual violence and 448,000 men (5.3 per cent) have been subjected to partner violence since they turned 15 years old. Male victims often share similar security needs with female victims. However, there are also gender-specific barriers to accessing security and justice, and the issue of SDV remains especially shrouded in silence and misconceptions when it comes to male victims. A literature review indicated that while academic research on these topics does exist and several NGOs have recorded relevant good practices, there is currently no single document where this information is synthesised in such a way that it can be readily used by the security sector. This guidance note is therefore designed to serve as a tool to enable security sector institutions to provide a more effective gender-sensitive approach to preventing and responding to SDV against men. It aims to do this by:

  • giving an overview of the scope and types of SDV against men
  • outlining key assessment criteria for security sector institutions to measure their current response to SDV against men
  • providing practical guidance, including good practices, on how security sector institutions can prevent and respond effectively to SDV against men
  • outlining key assessment criteria for security sector institutions to measure their current response to SDV against me
  • providing a basis for further research in and documentation of SDV against men.

This guidance note is designed primarily to assist those working at the operational, strategic or management level in police and penal services, but it is also useful for the armed forces. It addresses the issue of preventing and responding to SDV both against their own personnel and against the civilians they are mandated to protect (e.g. general population, prisoners or civilians in the context of a peacekeeping operation). It is also aimed at staff working in bodies that manage and oversee these security sector institutions, such as government ministries, parliaments, ombuds institutions, human rights institutions and civil society, including victims’ associations and the media. In addition, it may be useful to NGOs advocating better services to SDV victims as well as to academics and researchers.

Download the full Guidance Note here (PDF).

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.