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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Relationships website 'one-sided', says men's group

A complaint has been made to the South Australian Ombudsman about a State Government website promoting healthy relationships.

Men's Health Australia says the Don't Cross the Line website has misleading and one-sided information.

SA Minister for the Status of Women Gail Gago admits a review of the site found transcription errors and problems with how it used statistics about violence by men against women.

Greg Andresen from Men's Health Australia says the website also fails to mention violence against males.

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For every 3,500 GBP spent on female domestic violence victims, 1 GBP is spent on their male counterparts (UK)

Last week a hugely significant and historic debate took place in Scotland when the Parliament got round to finally discussing domestic violence against men. As highlighted in the discussions it's quite shameful that it took 11 years after the initial Liberal Democrat proposal to actually have the debate, particularly given that debating “violence against women” is quite literally an annual event.

The debate itself makes fascinating viewing and a number of those taking part really should be commended for their knowledge of the issues and determination to expose the truth with particular credit going to Mike Rumbles of the Lib Dems. The most positive aspect of the proceedings was the recognition of how badly the Scottish Parliament was failing male victims. It was noted that the Scottish Executive had spent some £100 million helping females victims, compared to £28,000 on men. Feminists moan about all sorts of inequalities such as supposed discrimination in pay, yet even with their skills at fiddling the figures I doubt they can find any area where the disparity in government spending between the sexes amounts to more than 350,000%. As noted in the debate, such a lack of funding means there's no actual helpline based in Scotland for men, and further still no services that victims can be referred to one they call the helpline. It's akin to setting up a “999”call centre but neglecting to employ any fireman, police or paramedics.

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No Support for Male Victims of Domestic Violence | Australian Women Online

According to those who work in the area of men’s health, the current approach to domestic violence ignores the one in three victims of family violence who are male. While not wanting to undermine the decades of effort that have gone into establishing services for female victims of domestic violence, they want the government to do more to raise awareness about the plight of male victims, many of whom find they have nowhere to turn when a female partner becomes violent or abusive.

Gary’s ex-wife had punched him in the face with a closed fist on several occasions. But it wasn’t until she punched the couple’s 16 month old daughter while he was holding her, that the father of two decided enough was enough. “She walked over and punched my baby daughter in the middle of the back, sending us both flying. It was a terrific blow. I fled the house with my daughter and looked for somewhere to stay, but all my friends were at work or on holidays. So I phoned an emergency refuge who literally laughed at my request for help and proceeded to tell me that the service was only for women,” Gary told the One in Three campaign website.

“I tried another shelter without success. I had no money left and couldn’t afford accommodation. So I spent the night sleeping under a derelict building without blankets and I held my daughter close to keep her warm. She cried for most of the night because she was afraid and hungry. I could only give her water from a nearby tap. My daughter was traumatised and so was I (and we both still are). The next morning we returned home because we had no alternative. I later asked my wife why she punched our daughter and her answer was literally ‘because I knew that would upset you more than if I had hit you’ and she apologised profusely.”

Gary added, “At the moment she hit our daughter I knew instantly that the marriage must finish. I now have sole care of my two beautiful children after a court found her unfit to be a parent for a number of reasons. Violence against men and their children is real.”

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Scottish Government Debate: Violence Against Men

Alex Neil opened the debate on behalf of the Government with the contention that 'That the Parliament recognises that domestic abuse is a very serious and totally unacceptable problem in Scottish society; notes in particular that all victims, whether they be women, men or children, deserve appropriate support, and therefore welcomes the Scottish Government’s provision of funding for a support helpline for male victims, which will provide the further information about their needs that is required before any future decisions about services are made'.

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Male abuse victims with nowhere to go

A couple are in the kitchen, fighting. Their children are listening from the next room.

It’s a familiar scene of domestic abuse that’s been going on for years.

One of them grabs a pot of boiling liquid from the stovetop and throws it at the other; the pot hits them in the shoulder, knocking them off balance and the victim is scalded.

Most people reading this will assume the victim is a woman but in a number of cases, it will be a man - it is just that most men do not report abuse.

Psychologist Dr Elizabeth Celi says female aggression is on the rise and so is the number of men experiencing abuse and violence from women.

“Men can certainly experience physical violence by female perpetrators and it can range from biting, scratching, punching, kneeing in the groin, throwing hot water on him, domestic objects being projectiles, it can get pretty severe.

”Let’s not be fooled into thinking that female perpetrators are any less damaging when it comes to violence.“

Research from Edith Cowan University, commissioned by the Men’s Advisory Network or MAN, has found men don’t report abuse because they have a hard time getting their friends and colleagues to believe them.

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