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
Dec172013

Domestic violence against men has doubled since 2005 - ABS

The number of men who report experiencing domestic violence from their current partner has almost doubled since 2005, according to a new survey released last week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The ABS Personal Safety Survey 2012 collected information from men and women aged 18 years and over about their experience of violence since the age of 15.

Between 2005 and 2012 there was a 20 per cent decrease in the proportion of men who had experienced all forms of violence in the 12 months prior to interview.

Going against this general trend however, the rate of men reporting current partner violence since the age of 15 rose alarmingly by 175% in the same period (an estimated 119,600 men reported such violence in 2012). The rate of men reporting dating violence since the age of 15 also rose by 140% since the 2005 survey. The vast majority of perpetrators of dating and partner violence against men were female - only 6 or 7 per cent of incidents involved same-sex violence.

The rate of men reporting current partner violence in the 12 months prior to interview quadrupled (a rise of 394%), however these estimates are considered too unreliable for general use because of the small number of men interviewed for the 2005 survey. The ABS surveyed 11,800 females but only 4,500 males in 2005 - a sampling gender bias that worsened in the 2012 survey, where only 22 per cent of respondents were male.

“There are a number of factors involved in this rise in reported domestic violence against men,” said Greg Andresen, Senior Researcher with the One in Three Campaign, established in 2009 to raise public awareness of the existence and needs of male victims of family violence and abuse.

“Growing community awareness of the issue generated by campaigns such as One in Three means men are more willing to come forward and disclose their experience of domestic abuse. Men face a great deal of shame when admitting being abused by their wives or partners. Knowing that other men are in a similar situation can really help in lessening the embarrassment for many guys.”

The 2012 Survey found that men were less than half as likely as women to have told anybody about partner violence, to have sought advice or support, or to have contacted the police.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if the level of domestic violence against men is also on the rise due to the one-sided approach to the issue taken by successive governments and NGOs such as Amnesty International and the White Ribbon Foundation. Saying ‘no’ to violence against women is important, but by not saying that violence against men is equally wrong, we send the message to some women that it’s OK to abuse their partners,” said Mr Andresen.

The ABS Personal Safety Survey 2012 found that:

  • at least one in three victims of current partner violence, emotional abuse and stalking during the last 12 months were male
  • around one in three victims of physical violence by a boyfriend/girlfriend or date since the age of 15 were male
  • almost one in three victims of sexual assault during the last 12 months were male
  • more than one in three victims of  physical and/or sexual abuse before the age of 15 were male.

MEDIA CONTACT

Greg Andresen, Senior Researcher, One in Three Campaign, 0403 813 925 or info@oneinthree.com.au

Download media release as PDF.

Wednesday
Dec112013

Latest ABS Personal Safety Survey shows one in three victims of domestic violence is male

One in three victims of domestic violence in Australia is male, according to a new report released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The ABS Personal Safety Survey 2012 collected information from men and women aged 18 years and over about their experience of violence since the age of 15.

“The survey found that one in three victims of current partner violence during the last 12 months (33.3 per cent) and since the age of 15 (33.5 per cent) were male,” said Greg Andresen, Senior Researcher with the One in Three Campaign, established in 2009 to raise public awareness of the existence and needs of male victims of family violence and abuse.

This survey was the first to collect detailed data about the experience of partner emotional abuse. Emotional abuse occurs when a person is subjected to certain behaviours or actions that are aimed at preventing or controlling their behaviour with the intent to cause them emotional harm or fear. These behaviours are characterised in nature by their intent to manipulate, control, isolate or intimidate the person they are aimed at. They are generally repeated behaviours and include psychological, social, economic and verbal abuse.

Mr Andresen said, “This survey demonstrates that not only do males make up a substantial proportion of victims of physical assault in the home, but emotional abuse as well. More than one in three victims of emotional abuse by a partner during the last 12 months (37.1 per cent) and since the age of 15 (36.3 per cent) were male. Around half of these men experienced anxiety or fear due to the abuse.”

The survey found that males also made up a substantial proportion of victims of dating violence. Around one in three (32.1 per cent) victims of physical violence by a boyfriend/girlfriend or date since the age of 15 were male.

“Regrettably, a significant proportion of victims of domestic violence is currently excluded from the Federal Government’s domestic violence strategy simply on the basis of their gender. These men lack many of the programs and services available to other victims,” said Mr Andresen.

The One in Three Campaign is calling on the Federal Government to include male victims of violence in the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010 – 2022, and to heed the findings of the NSW Government Standing Committee on Social Issues' recent report on domestic violence. The report found there is a “gap in services for male victims and the government [should] examine how services can most appropriately be provided to male victims of domestic violence.”

To coincide with the launch of the new Personal Safety Survey data, the Campaign has released personal video interviews with two male victims of domestic violence on its website and YouTube.

Mr Andresen said, “We hope these interviews will shed more light upon the issues and struggles that men go through when faced with domestic abuse and encourage more men to come forward and disclose what is happening to them behind closed doors.”

MEDIA CONTACT

Greg Andresen, Senior Researcher, One in Three Campaign, 0403 813 925 or info@oneinthree.com.au

Download media release as PDF.

Thursday
Dec052013

Congress: Don't Export Discrimination Against Male and LGBT Victims of Domestic Violence (USA - petition)

Domestic violence is a problem throughout the world. A bill known as the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) has been introduced in Congress to combat domestic violence in other countries. But the bill is deeply flawed because it assumes that all abuse is male-on-female and ignores both men abused by women and LGBT victims. If the bill were to pass, large classes of victims would be silenced and denied access to services.

The Partner Abuse State of Knowledge Project (PASK) has looked at domestic violence in 85 countries around the world and that found men and women were equally likely to be abuse perpetrators in most cases (1). PASK also found that LGBT couples were at increased risk of domestic violence (2).

In order to stop domestic violence, it is crucial that our approach be based on sound science, not politically correct ideology. I-VAWA ignores the results of scientific research and the existence of large classes of victims. Please join us in calling on members of Congress to vote 'No' on the International Violence Against Women Act.

(1) http://www.saveservices.org/dvlp/policy-briefings/partner-abuse-worldwide/

(2) http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/springer/pa/2012/00000003/00000003/art00003

Click here to sign this important petition.

Saturday
Nov302013

Men are victims of family violence too | Herald Sun

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David, a victim of family violence. Source: News Limited

When David became a victim of family violence, he had nowhere to turn.

After months of escalating violence from his partner, Jennifer, he finally left their home, assisted by police who kept the peace while he packed his belongings into a trailer at two in the morning.

Then, he drove to the beach and slept in his car, the trailer behind him holding his worldly belongings.

"That night spent near the beach in the car with all my possession in the trailer, and the joggers looking in the window the next morning, that was ground zero for me,'' David said.

A businessman with a senior job in a prominent Australian company, David has agreed to speak to the Herald Sun about his experiences with family violence to highlight the fact that men, too, can be victims.

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Sunday
Nov032013

Researchers looking for volunteers to participate in a 90-minute online discussion group

We are looking for volunteers to participate in a 90-minute online discussion group. We are trying to learn more about men’s experiences of abuse from a female intimate partner in different Western countries (UK, USA, Canada and Australia). This is an under-researched area and we hope that by allowing men’s voices to be heard we can contribute to the understanding and development of prevention, services and funding for this issue, in addition to raising international awareness.  

Dr. Elizabeth Celi, researching psychologist & author in Australia & Dr. Emily Douglas from Bridgewater State University are looking for men to take part in the Australian study. We want to speak to men who have experienced some form of abuse in a current or past intimate relationship and who are willing to discuss their experiences with a researcher and other men in similar situations. This abuse does not have to be physical. We recognize that people can experience other forms of abuse such as psychological, emotional, sexual or controlling behaviours, and we are interested in all of these forms. The discussion group will be held virtually; that is, we will use an online facility to speak to each other. This will allow men who live in different parts of Australia to get together and talk to each other. Groups will be small, approximately 5 men and two researchers. Your participation in this group will have to be from a private location - for example, a home PC or iPad, or mobile phone in a private location –to make sure we uphold the confidentiality for you and other participants in the group. Therefore, you could not carry out the group in an internet café or library, for example. 

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