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

In their recent “Hot Shot Bites” commercial, which can be viewed in full at, 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:

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!


Study: Girls More Likely to Report Sexual Victimisation, and More Likely to Commit Physical Dating Violence (USA)

Study: Dating Violence Is Common Among Young Americans

Though many teens say they have been victimized, almost an equal amount admit to committing dating violence.

About a third of American youths say they have been victims of dating violence, either physically, sexually or psychologically. But nearly the same amount also said they have been on the offending end, according to new research presented at the American Psychological Association’s annual convention on Wednesday.

Researchers surveyed more than 1,000 individuals between the ages of 14 and 20 and found an overlap between reports of victimization and perpetration. Of the girls surveyed, 41 percent said they had been victims of dating violence, but 35 percent said they had committed dating violence at some point. The divide was slightly greater for boys, with 37 percent saying they had been victims of dating violence and 29 percent saying they had been the perpetrator.

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One in Three response to the proposed NSW Domestic Violence reforms

The proposed new NSW Domestic Violence Framework is largely the same old story when it comes to ignoring the plight of male victims of family violence and abuse. We would strongly urge readers who wish to comment upon the proposed Framework to do so at The deadline for comments is 23rd July 2013 (next Tuesday).

For those who would like to see the One in Three Campaign's comments, they are provided for you below. Please feel free to base your own submission upon any of these.

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Male Abuse Victims Wait Until Abuse Becomes Extreme (NZ)

Men are suffering from domestic abuse, but embarrassment usually stops them coming forward until it is extreme, police say.

Men often waited until knives were pulled before seeking help, Detective Sergeant Alan McGlade, of the Hamilton police family safety team, said.

Most reports of abuse against males were either of psychological or extreme physical violence, such as stabbings.

"If I think about women abusing men, some of the violence is quite serious," Mr McGlade said.

"The men think, ‘Oh, she gives me a slap, I'm not going to tell anyone, but she stabs me, well . . ." A 30-year-long study beginning in 1977 by Professor David Fergusson, which sampled 1000 people in Christchurch, found levels of victimisation and perpetration of abuse were similar for both men and women.

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