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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Friday
Nov302012

Anonymous survey of domestic abuse victims in NSW

The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) is conducting a survey of domestic abuse victims in NSW to find out why many do not report their abuse to police and/or do not seek the assistance of services for victims of domestic abuse. The senior research officer conducting the research is Dr Emma Birdsey.

BOCSAR is seeking your assistance in carrying out the survey, participation in which is both voluntary and anonymous. No identifying information will be published. Everyone participating in the survey will receive a $25 Woolworths gift voucher for their help and time.

If you or your agency is willing to assist us in our research, we request that you:

1) Display the attached posters in your centre

2) Pass to your clients the attached leaflets

3) Send Emma an email with the first name and phone number of each client who expresses a willingness to participate in the survey.

Surveying will commence on 15 November 2012 and conclude on 30 April 2013. You will be provided with a copy of the research report when it is complete. All participant contact details will be destroyed immediately on completion of the research.

Please don’t hesitate to direct any questions you may have about this project to Emma, or 02 9231 9158.

Wednesday
Nov212012

The forgotten victims of family violence

Each year in Australia 39 men are killed in domestic homicides. Another 43,700 men experience physical assault from a current partner, previous partner, girlfriend, boyfriend or date.

“Each night when she came from work I would be tense and nervous. I didn't know in what way she was going to abuse me,” says Matthew, a man who was regularly abused by his partner in his own home.

This Friday the annual Walk Against Family Violence is to take place in Melbourne culminating in the Not 1 More rally in Federation Square. This event will remember the victims and survivors of family violence, and celebrate our commitment to creating a world without violence.

But the only victims of family violence recognised by the walk and rally, supported by the Victorian Government, are women and children. None of the names to be read out at the Federation Square ceremony on Friday are those of men killed by their partner or another member of their household.

“Anyone would think the reason is that male victims of family violence don't exist, or are few in number,” says Senior Researcher for the One in Three Campaign, Greg Andresen. “The Not 1 More website lists the annual deaths from family violence as 60 women and 20 children.”

“This is a distorted perception of the true picture of family violence. One third of adult domestic homicides are men. One third of victims of domestic assault are male,” he says. “Forty five per cent of family-related child homicide incidents involve female perpetrators.”

The One in Three Campaign also provides the following sobering statistics:

In August the NSW Government Legislative Council’s Standing Committee on Social Issues released their report on domestic violence trends and issues in NSW. The report found that male victims have been much less visible and able to access supports than should be the case and that the experience of males is equally as bad as that of other victims.

Mr Andresen says, “Let us remember the tragic deaths from family violence and continue to shine a spotlight upon the ongoing abuse behind closed doors. We call upon the rally organisers to remember all victims of family violence. Abused men like Matthew and the families and friends of the men killed each year deserve nothing less. Everyone deserves protection from violence and abuse regardless of their age, race, religion, sexuality or gender.”

MEDIA CONTACT

Greg Andresen, Senior Researcher, 0403 813 925 or .

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Sunday
Sep162012

Take a bow, Sir Roger Moore. More men need to share their experience of domestic violence (UK)

The confessional culture has been with us for decades. The most intimate details of celebrities' lives have been smeared over the front pages and relived in interviews and autobiographies, so it should come as no surprise that Sir Roger Moore has opened up to Piers Morgan (who else?) about the violence he experienced at the hands of both of his first two wives. Another day, another glimpse of the lachrymose lifestyles of the rich and famous.

Except something about this interview is different. Rihanna, Tina Turner and countless other women have told their sad tales of abusive relationships. But, after dredging the recesses of my memory and Google, I've been unable to find a single comparable example of a male celebrity disclosing experiences as a victim.

Astonishingly, male stars such as Dennis Waterman would speak about their own history of violence against women long before any man would disclose the reverse. Were there any doubt about the level of stigma and shame attached to male victimisation in intimate partner violence, let that observation banish it once and for all.

So the interview, to be broadcast this Friday, is perhaps more groundbreaking than anyone involved realised. If it were with some hip, young, anguished method actor it might be less surprising, but this is Sir Roger Moore: the 84-year-old embodiment of British stiff upper lip, a knight of the realm who attained superstar status by playing James frickin' Bond, no less. It may be a measure of how far the debate has moved on in recent years that someone like this can mention partner violence almost as an incidental aside, and nobody seems especially surprised.

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Friday
Aug312012

Male victims of family violence face gap in services and need special consideration: NSW Government report

The NSW Government Legislative Council’s Standing Committee on Social Issues this week released their report on domestic violence trends and issues in NSW: the first ever to acknowledge the existence, needs, barriers to reporting and barriers to accessing support faced by male victims of family violence. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, more than 100,000 men in NSW have experienced violence from their partner.

Greg Andresen, Senior Researcher for the One in Three Campaign said, “This courageous report heralds a new era of gender equity by the NSW Government by finally acknowledging the forgotten one-third of victims of family violence: men and boys.”

The findings of the report include:

  • “There was a broad recognition among inquiry participants that women offenders and male victims do exist” (p.218). “Of [reported] victims of domestic assault in 2010, 69.2% were female, while 30.8% were male.” (p.28)
  • “Male victims have been much less visible and able to access supports than should be the case” (p.xxiv)
  • “The experience of [males]... is equally as bad as that of other victims” (p.xxxii)
  • Recognising “the gap in services for male victims and [encouraging] the government to examine how services can most appropriately be provided to male victims of domestic violence” (p.xxxii)
  • Identifying males as “in need of special consideration with regard to domestic violence,” along with Aboriginal people, older people, people with disability, and several other population groups (p.89)

Mr Andresen said, “We are especially pleased the Committee has recommended that the entire system for preventing and responding to family violence needs to take account of, and be effective for, all victims and perpetrators: not just women and children victims and male perpetrators as has been the case up until now.”

“The Committee has also advised the Government that legislation and policy should be written in gender neutral terms – something we have been advocating for some time. They have also strongly recommended that male victims and female perpetrators be addressed in the Government’s forthcoming Domestic and Family Violence Framework.”

“Until now, the Government’s entire specific support for male victims and their children has been a single page on their domestic violence website. Men have been unable to access the Government’s Start Safely and Staying Home Leaving Violence programs. They have been denied access to safe rooms and legal assistance at court as well as emergency accommodation for themselves and their children. They have also been absent from the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and Children.”

“We look forward to seeing the Report’s recommendations implemented by the NSW Government, and to working with them to ensure that each element of the criminal justice system, as well as the range of support services, is sensitive to the needs of all victims of family violence” said Mr Andresen.

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Monday
Aug132012

Father's murder heartbreak

The heartbroken Hobart father of two children believed killed by their mother in murder-suicide in Melbourne will always be haunted by the knowledge he missed out on their final years.

Dominic Maher yesterday said he felt let down by a system that had prevented him from seeing son Matthew, 11 and daughter Melanie, 13, for three years before they died.

Police believe mother Kylie Fowler, 36, argued with the children's older half sister Sammantha Fowler, 18, before killing all three children, setting fire to the house and committing suicide.

Mr Maher, of Chigwell, said he had spent years locked in court battles with Ms Maher, but when it consistently decided in her favour, he eventually moved to Tasmania.

He been preparing a video for his children explaining why he had lost contact with them which he planned to hand to them on their 18th birthday.

Breaking down yesterday, he said now he would never get the chance.

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