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Men's hidden problem

When most people think about domestic violence the picture is usually one of a man assaulting his-wife or partner. But evidence is emerging of a growing trend of men across the Hawkesbury being emotionally or physically assaulted by their partners or close family members.

Since the start of the year, Windsor police have been offering men who are victims of family violence a referral to Hawkesbury District Health Service (HDHS) for counselling.

Men's health coordinator at HDHS Stephen Lillie said it was unknown how many men decline the offer of referral for counselling but that the service-had initially received about 10 referrals.

"We now receive at least one new referral every week," he said. "We expect that we will see an increase in the number of men seeking assistance as community awareness of this issue increases."

When police refer someone to HDHS, they make it clear that help is an option, and was not compulsory.

Once HDHS receives the referral, a male counsellor contacts the man to discuss how they may be able to support him.

Stephen Lillie points out that NSW Health doesn't keep records of domestic violence against men, though they do for women. He said he was the only full time, men's health co-ordinator in NSW.

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Men in the firing line

We all remember in Bugs Bunny the hen-pecked husband being hit with a rolling pin or frying pan. But that's the only contact a lot of people would have had with the concept of domestic violence against men.

With Women copping most of the abuse in domestic violence, we've had our own Windsor Wolves putting their hands up as-poster boys to say no to violence against women.

But how often do you hear about domestic violence against men? Whether it's perpetrated by the victim's partner or by his children, it's not something a lot of men would like to admit to.

Men are supposed to be tough and self-sufficient; able to handle themselves in any interpersonal situation.

But the natural repugnance for hitting women which most men feel can also stay their hand when it comes to defending themselves. I have seen men not defend themselves when hit by a woman, as that taboo against hitting a woman is so strong in them.

And no doubt there may be women who rely on this.

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One in Three Campaign submission to Family Violence Bill 2010

The One in Three Campaign has lodged its submission with the Attorney General's department in response to the proposed Family Violence Bill 2010. The submission urges the Government to abandon the proposed changes to the Family Law Act and to commission an open and transparent public inquiry into the 2006 amendments, and any further changes that are needed to improve Family Law for all Australians. Should the proposed changes regrettably proceed, the Government is urged to revise the proposed definition of family violence so that it retains the “reasonableness clause” and contains the central idea of dominating or controlling another family member.

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Former Ohio State teaching assistant to be charged with attempted murder, kidnapping (USA)

A former Ohio State teaching assistant will be charged with attempted murder and kidnapping after she allegedly shot her ex-fiancé and then forced him into her car Tuesday morning, Dublin police said.

Thirty-year-old Melissa "Missie" Stredney of 3081 Wakefern Place in Columbus taught a lab section of chemistry 122 before OSU fired her in February 2009 after receiving reports of misconduct.

Dublin police received a 911 call at 7:53 a.m. Tuesday saying a woman with a gun was trying to force a man into her silver Chevrolet Cavalier in the back parking lot of NCO Financial Systems at 5626 Frantz Road.

Police spotted and pulled over the car a mile from the scene and took Stredney into custody.

A handgun believed to have been used in the shooting was recovered in a road median.

The victim, identified as 30-year-old Jamie Hart, was flown to Grant Medical Center in critical condition. The hospital has since said his condition has stabilized, and Hart is expected to survive.

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Shoalhaven Staying Home Leaving Violence Program denies support to male clients

The Staying Home Leaving Violence (SHLV) program is state-wide service in NSW launched by former Minister for Women Linda Burney. We have assurances from the Office for Women that this program will be open to all victims of domestic violence regardless of gender. However, we have been reliably informed that the Shoalhaven SHLV service will only provide support to female clients. Nowhere in their published material is this mentioned. The reason for this discrimination is that the auspicing body (Waminda Women's Aboriginal Health) has a policy of only assisting women and children.