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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Thursday
Oct102013

Feminists have failed to stop domestic violence, maybe it’s time to give someone else a chance…. | EQUALITY 4 MEN (UK)

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Today is a very important day for all victims of domestic violence. Today marks the coming of age of the male domestic violence sector in the UK says Glen Poole of equality4men.

The MARS Conference Centre in Slough may seem like an unlikely place for a revolution brothers (and sisters), but that’s where dozens of men and women will be gathering today for the Second National Conference on Male Victims of domestic abuse, hosted by the charity The ManKind Initiative.

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Friday
Oct042013

Please sign Welsh e-Petition to Stop Sexism In Domestic Abuse

e-Petition: Stop Sexism In Domestic Abuse

We call upon the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to stop Domestic Abuse (DA) by treating it as a gender inclusive and human phenomenon in which many men and women share both suffering and responsibility.

Practical NOT Politics.

The current proposal blames men, and only men, for all violence and puts a radical gender based prejudice before the real needs of women, men and children and where 97% of men do NOT fit this profile.

Fear of repercussions and lack of publicity in Wales have prevented open and vocal dissent.

This Petition invites an alternative approach that recognises that 86% of DA is the responsibility of both women and men. It also offers greater protection to children and removes the discrimination that arises solely from radical gendered prejudice against those people in same sex female relationships.

See the SUPPORTING INFORMATION here.

Sign this petition. You do not have to be a Welsh resident to sign!

Thursday
Sep262013

Women also responsible for domestic violence (letter published)

Our Senior Researcher, Greg Andresen, had this letter published in today's Daily Telegraph newspaper:

Women also responsible for domestic violence

NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch urges blokes to stand up to woman-beaters (September 21) and I believe this infers that domestic violence is a male crime against women.

The NSW Auditor General found that 34 per cent of domestic and family violence incidents recorded by police in 2010 involved male victims and 30 per cent involved female perpetrators. Not only are these people denied services as a result of their gender, they are ignored by media reports as well.

Greg Andresen, Coogee

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Monday
Sep092013

Men also victims (The Courier, Ballarat)

When most people think about family violence and abuse victims, they think of women and children. However, one in three victims of sexual assault - and at least the same figure for victims of family violence and abuse - are males.

In an effort to highlight the forgotten victims of family violence - men - the One In Three campaign was established several years ago. And one Ballarat man, himself a victim of spousal abuse, has made it his mission to heighten awareness about the issue and the national campaign.

The Ballarat man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had been in a happy relationship for more than 10 years, but things changed when he discovered his partner was having an affair and had hidden bank accounts containing an estimated $200,000. The father of two - one being a stepchild - said his partner had a hidden life, even from her own parents. "This is when the abuse really started, not only towards me, but also I discovered she had been abusing my stepchild for several years," the Ballarat man said.

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Tuesday
Aug132013

Kentucky Fried Chicken: Stop Making Light of Domestic Violence (USA)

In their recent “Hot Shot Bites” commercial, which can be viewed in full at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRH9NBcd33k, Kentucky Fried Chicken depicts an act of domestic violence committed against a man by a woman. The man gives his girlfriend a taste of KFC’s product and asks her how she likes it. She responds by slapping him across the face, as the narrator says that the chicken is so spicy that it’s like a slap to the face. While KFC intends for this to be comical, we at Fathers and Families New York believe that depictions of domestic violence should never be a laughing matter. If the genders were reversed, no one would be laughing, and it should be no different here.

Contrary to popular misconception, domestic violence against men is a serious issue. Numerous studies have shown that men and women are victimized at approximately equal rates. However, male victims are often denied access to services. The public is misled into believing that only women are victims, causing all too many people to view the idea of male victims as a joke. This commercial only serves to perpetuate these dangerous stereotypes. Furthermore, as discussed in a recent video on the Huffington Post, many male victims are in denial of the fact that what they have endured constitutes domestic violence because of societal stereotypes that abuse does not happen to men and therefore do not seek the help that they need. Executives at KFC should think about the effect that their commercial will have on these men, who deserve our help and sympathy.

Click here to join Fathers and Families New York in calling on KFC to pull this ad.

UPDATE (28/8/13):

We’ve just learned that Kentucky Fried Chicken has now stopped showing its offensive Slap-Ad, on both its website and here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRH9NBcd33k

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this effort, especially Gordon Smith, who devoted all of last week to visiting KFC restaurants, to David Golub who put together and promoted the petition, and to the thousands of other persons who sent emails, made phone calls, and made Facebook posts.

Yet another victory to add to our belt!