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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Sunday
Sep262010

Campaign hit by false stats

A domestic violence campaign has been tarnished with twisted crime statistics and a critical Ombudsman's report, amid claims State Minister Gail Gago's Office for Women has been hijacked by "feminists pushing a political agenda".

Premier Mike Rann has been asked to shift the Don't Cross the Line domestic violence campaign from Ms Gago's portfolio to the Attorney General's Department, so the campaign takes into account violence in the home against men and children as well as women.

Ms Gago has confirmed there were "transcribing errors" in the Don't Cross the Line campaign, and the data was not handled with due diligence. Nor was the false information corrected after it was challenged.

Ms Gago declined to say if anyone in her office had been disciplined.

The statistics inflated instances of domestic violence against women, wrongly saying, for example, that 95 per cent of domestic violence involved a male perpetrator and a female victim. All violence against women was also referred to as domestic violence.

There were seven more incorrect facts, according to the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC). The organisation Men's Health Australia complained to SA Ombudsman Richard Bingham after the Office For Women (OFW) refused to correct the statistics when contacted almost a year ago. The Ombudsman upheld the complaint.

Mr Bingham concluded the OFW "originally published some false and/or misleading information on the Don't Cross the Line website".

"My opinion is that this was unreasonable and wrong administrative action," he found.

"My view is that OFW failed to correct information on the website once the possible errors were brought to its attention (and) failed to act with reasonable diligence and speed once possible errors were brought to its attention."

Greg Andresen, of Men's Health Australia, wrote to Mr Rann this month requesting the campaign be moved to the Attorney-General's Department but said he was yet to receive a reply.

"They replaced the original misleading statistics with a page that only talks about violence against women by men - they are still portraying relationship violence as something that men do to women alone," Mr Andresen said.

"We are fully supportive of all attempts to reduce violence against women but this campaign infers that only women are victims.

"We feel they are feminists pushing a political agenda."

Ms Gago said "domestic violence campaign is not a competition between men and women".

"It should be noted that SA recently passed new domestic abuse legislation which is gender-neutral," she said. A research study released this year by Perth's Edith Cowan University found male victims of partner abuse were reluctant to seek help because of fears they would not be believed or instead blamed.

For help with domestic violence issues, ring Domestic Violence Helpline, ph 1800 800 098.

BRAD CROUCH

26 September 2010

Sunday Mail, South Australia, Page 22

Copyright 2010 News Ltd. All Rights Reserved

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Tuesday
Sep142010

Misleading claims on domestic violence in Australia (UK)

False statistics inundate our lives. They gush like a torrent from government ministries on to front pages the world over. Never, or rarely, is there enough time to check them all.

But one Australian group has checked misleading claims about domestic violence by calling on the Ombudsman to arbitrate. Men’s Health Australia won its case that the claims made by the South Australian government were misleading. Very similar claims are often made in the UK.

The South Australian government had been promoting an anti-domestic violence campaign called “Don’t Cross the Line”, very much like the UN sponsored anti-domestic violence campaigns in other Western countries. Among the claims made by the Office for Women in South Australia - which is part of the Attorney-General’s Department - was that women were far more adversely affected by domestic violence than men.

Men’s Health Australia challenged the claim, and after getting little response, appealed to the the South Australian Ombudsman, Richard Bingham, who found in its favour, concluding that the Office for Women had been guilty of unreasonable and wrong administrative action after failing to correct false and/or misleading information on the campaign website.

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Sunday
Sep122010

Feminists 'tilt' figures

The issues of child protection and domestic violence have been hijacked by politically motivated feminist cliques, according to a coalition of men's groups.

The claim came after an ombudsman's report found bureaucrats guilty of "unreasonable and wrong administrative action" after failing to correct false and misleading information that promoted the idea men were overwhelmingly responsible for domestic violence.

South Australia's Office for Women presented erroneous statistics, such as 95 per cent of domestic violence involves a male perpetrator and a female victim, the ombudsman found. Raw data show that, overall, at least one in three victims are male.

Men's Health Australia spokesman Greg Andresen said the SA Ombudsman's report should make the Gillard Government think twice about rolling back the shared parenting reforms introduced to family law by the Howard government -- which effectively guarantee fathers some level of access to their children in the event of marital breakdown.

"The picture seems to be emerging of offices of women around the country -- who advise state and federal ministers -- having taken deeply feminist lines on domestic abuse and child protection," Mr Andresen said.

"These bureaucrats have a strong feminist perspective -- and that's probably appropriate for people concerned with women's issues.

"But the problem is that when governments roll out programs relating to children, what gets rolled out is a program for women, not one that has equal regard for men and women.

"The conventional wisdom among these people is that the only perpetrators of domestic violence are men and the only perpetrators of violence against children are men.

"There is a wealth of research that shows that men are almost as likely to suffer domestic violence or abuse."

Laurie Nowell, Sunday Herald Sun, 12 September 2010, Section 1, page 28.

Copyright 2010 News Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Tuesday
Sep072010

Was or is your father a victim of Intimate Partner Abuse?

Was or is your father a victim of Intimate Partner Abuse?
And are you 18 years or older?

If you can answer yes to both of the above questions we would appreciate your participation in our research project. We are conducting research to explore the nature of Domestic Abuse experienced by males in intimate partner relationships and are looking for individuals who can answer yes to both of the above questions to participate in a half-hour interview to explore your experience of male victims of Intimate Partner Abuse.

If you would like to participate in this study please contact Emily Tilbrook on 0414 807 911 or e.tilbrook@ecu.edu.au.

If you are able to help with promoting this study, please download a printable flyer from here.

Tuesday
Sep072010

Training workshop, Perth, 7th October 2010: Working with men affected by intimate partner violence

In Australia up to one in three victims of family violence are male. While many services have quite rightly been established over the past three decades to support female victims of family violence, the needs of male victims remain largely unmet.

The issue of men affected by violence in intimate relationships has been reported for many years and now workers in the domestic violence, community and family relationship sectors are acknowledging this problem and seeking out training for their workers.

WHO IS THE TRAINING PROGRAM FOR?

The training program is provided for health/welfare/community workers to provide information and strategies for working with men who are affected by violence in their relationships.

WHAT AREAS ARE COVERED IN THE TRAINING PROGRAM?

• Background to the problem and context violence and abuse occurs in
• The affect of domestic violence on a person - what’s different for men
• Strategies for working with men from a strengths based perspective
• Overview of approaches that work for men who are victims of DV
• Building services for male victims of DV into your agency – what you need to consider
• Promoting work for male victims of DV

COST: $170 for one day training program, training resource pack, all refreshments and lunch plus six month follow up support with your program/resource/service development.

PAST TRAINING COURSE PARTICIPANT'S COMMENTS:

“The experience of DV is similar for men and women but hard for men due to socialisation and how society sees men, but they have the same feelings afterwards as women. Definitely a lack of services for men both in domestic violence and sexual assault areas.” Paula Mudd, Chairperson, Hunter DV Support & Advisory Services Inc.

“We will be able to help men in domestic violence better now and you have helped me understand it a lot more... we really need a change of attitude towards male victims.” Roxanne Shettler, Secretary, Hunter Domestic Violence Support & Advisory Services Inc.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER:

Greg Millan is a social work trained health educator and trainer with over 18 years experience in the men’s health promotion area developing and implementing many workshop programs, community events and resources covering a wide range of male health and wellbeing issues. He has worked for Government, Non-government organisations and the private sector. He is the Vice President of the Australasian Men’s Health Forum Inc., Australia’s peak body implementing a social approach to male health and author of “Men’s health & wellbeing: an a–z guide”.

This training program has been developed by Greg based on his research and clinical experience in working with men who have experienced violence in their intimate relationships and men who have been sexually abused.

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