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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.


Wait Your Turn Mister! (South Africa)

Right on the heels of Domestic Violence [against women] Awareness Month (October) comes the International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women (Nov.25th) and 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. Concurrent with these last two campaigns is the White Ribbon Campaign which is the time for men and women to wear white ribbons and pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls.

Following these two and one-half months of awareness of violence against women January brings National Stalking [against women] Awareness Month, February, the Go Red for Women in National Women's Heart Disease Awareness Month, March is Vulva Awareness Month , April is Sexual Assault [against women] Awareness Month, May is Women's Health Month, August is Child Support Awareness Month, September is National Ovarian Cancer and Menopause Awareness Month and finally we are back to October again with, Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. But I digress.

Now I'm as much for bringing awareness to serious social and health issues as the next person. However, I have to wonder, have we gone too far with all this awareness when someone feels they have a right to publicly humiliate and minimize another person's pain and suffering?

I came across an opinion piece in a Johannesburg newspaper online the other day titled, "Men are victims of violence too, but that's not the point." The writer, Pinky Khoabane, was irate that a whimpering, whining (her words) man had called a radio station to discuss domestic violence perpetrated against him by a former female intimate partner at a time when, according to Ms. Khoabane, the focus should be on violence against women and children. Ms. Khoabane wrote that she found herself screaming into her radio '"Hello, this isn't your day, Mister..."' She was fuming and horrified that others who called into the radio station were empathetic to this man. She asked, '"When did women become such abusers of men for this campaign to literally be hijacked by the cries of men?"'

In her written tantrum she went on to say that men need accept and acknowledge that men are mostly the aggressors [of domestic violence], women the victims and that most of womens aggression is in self defense. She ended by telling the abused man who called the radio station that his day will come but that the gender violence referred to during [the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence] is not that perpetrated against him and they aren't interested.

Sadly, Ms. Khoabane reflects the same sentiments that I have heard from other women's rights activists (both male and female) here in the US, abused men should just take their lumps and shut up about it already, it's not their time to get attention or services.

When will it be "their time?" It's been nearly forty years since the movement to end violence against women began and much progress has been made as evidenced by the number of awareness campaigns, services and the amount of funding that has been put in place to end all forms of violence against women here in the US.

How many more years do we need to wait to see attention and like services made available to men (and children) who suffer abuse at the hands of their intimate partners? It's not as if we don't have proof of the need for services for abused men. Research has shown that men with violent partners have most of the same needs as abused women.

Will abused men's "time" ever come? I guess we will just have to stop whining and whimpering and wait silently to see. NOT!

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