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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


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).


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.


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


#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: - plus follow us @mankindinit