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Male Victims of Domestic Violence

A great article by Dutton and White in the latest edition of New Male Studies available free online.


Intimate partner violence (IPV) or domestic violence (DV) is often framed as a “woman’s issue” or “violence against women” generating the perception of males involved in violent relationships as the aggressor and more capable of inflicting injury or causing harm to their partner. Due to this set of beliefs called the “gender paradigm”, male victims are often met with disbelief or suspicion when they attempt to gain protection from a female partner, or access services. Male victims may also report difficulty in locating services specific to their needs, as help lines or shelters are targeted exclusively towards female victims. These issues and the implications for male victims will be discussed.

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Dating violence starts early, UGA researchers say (USA)

Nearly one in three middle and high school students who date say their relationships include violence, according to University of Georgia researchers.

Girls were more likely to perpetrate violence than boys, but girls were more likely to be the victims of sexual violence or incur injuries, said UGA professor Pamela Orpinas, who led the study.

“That’s surprising to most people, but to anyone who works in this field, it’s not really surprising,” she said. “What happens frequently is that it’s not as serious when a girls hits a guy. The consequences are not as serious, and people don’t take it as seriously.”

Other researchers also have noticed the same gender difference, but Orpinas and her colleagues found out violent behavior patterns persist over time.

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Dating Violence in Teen Years Can Have Lasting Impact: MedlinePlus


Teenagers who experience dating violence could be more likely to get involved in violent relationships and have health problems as young adults, a new study suggests.

Researchers analyzed surveys of nearly 6,000 teens across the United States that were taken when the teens were between the ages of 12 and 18, and again five years later. The surveys asked about physical and psychological violence in romantic relationships, and also about feeling depressed, having suicidal thoughts, drinking and doing drugs.

"What stood out was, across both genders and types of victimization, teens who experienced teen dating violence were two to three times more likely to be re-victimized by a partner in young adulthood," said study author Deinera Exner-Cortens, a graduate student in the department of human development at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

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Central Victorian man calls for more support for male victims of domestic violence

A Central Victorian man is calling for more support to be made available to male victims of domestic violence.

Rob, who did not wish to use his full name, contacted the Bendigo Advertiser recently in response to the White Ribbon campaign that was celebrated in Bendigo last month.

Rob has been both a victim and perpetrator of domestic violence and said he was turned away by the authorities when he sought help.

“I was in a relationship with a girl for two-and-a-half years and I tolerated abuse for the last 11 months of the relationship,” he said.

“I sought help but there was nothing around for men.

“My former partner did not believe that the problem stemmed from her actions and often said that I could not possibly blame her and that it was different for girls.

“My initial contact was with a men’s behavioural group but because I wasn’t a perpetrator they weren’t interested in talking to me.

“I went to the police but a female basically mocked me and said, ‘Men aren’t abused’.”

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"Men Cry Alone" - a new novel about men abused by their wives

Men Cry Alone tells the story of three men who are being abused by their wives. Although written as a novel, the author Philip Paris spent eighteen months researching the subject and during this time interviewed professionals in a wide range of related fields – law, police, social work, the church, the Rape & Abuse Line. In addition, he interviewed several UK charities for abused men and, via them, was in contact with men who had been abused by previous partners. Men Cry Alone also examines the issue of someone experiencing domestic violence because their partner has dementia, a growing problem amongst the ageing population, as well as abuse against women.

Reviews of Men Cry Alone:

‘I wept many times reading Men Cry Alone. It is a profoundly moving novel ... a compulsive read, with a forensic examination of the lives of three men abused by their wives.’ Erin Pizzey. In 1971 Erin Pizzey opened the world’s first shelter for battered women.

‘The experiences of these fictitious characters echo the real life tragedies that I have dealt with for nearly thirty years. Reading these stories, written with such sensitive narrative, made the occasional tear fall. Raising awareness of the domestic abuse faced by many men and women may give them the hope that they need not cry alone.’ Susan Brown, Chaplain to the Queen in Scotland and Minister of Dornoch Cathedral.

‘Men Cry Alone brings to life with great clarity and vividness the ordeal suffered by many men behind closed doors.’ Mark Brooks, Chairman of the UK charity ManKind Initiative.

‘A sensitive and touching portrayal of the far-reaching effects that dementia can have within a marriage and one that many carers will recognise. No one should have to cope with dementia on their own as Men Cry Alone makes abundantly clear.’ Alzheimer Scotland.

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