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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Monday
Jun072010

Court affirms licence to kill as another "battered woman" walks free after execution-style murder of husband

On 4th March 2006, Claire Margaret McDonald gasped and burst into tears as a Victorian Supreme Court jury found her not guilty of the execution style murder of her husband, Warren John McDonald. The court was told that McDonald had donned camouflage gear and lay in wait with a high-powered rifle for her husband to approach. She fired six shots, mortally wounding her husband.

McDonald successfully used the "battered woman syndrome" defence, claiming she had suffered years of abuse at the hands of her husband. Within days, Queensland woman, Susan Falls, having probably read the media reports of Heather McDonald's stunning acquittal, decided to execute her abusive husband in the same fashion, in what prosecutors would describe as a cunning, calculated murder.

Falls paid a friend, Anthony Cummings-Creed $5,000 to buy a 22.calibre pistol with silencer on the black market. On May 26, 2006 while her husband Rodney Falls was drinking at his pub, she made him a dish of curried prawns for his dinner, knowing that their children would not eat any of the dish. Falls crushed up a number of sleeping tablets and laced the prawns with the mixture, assuming that the curry would mask the taste of the sleeping tablets.

Following the meal, her husband became drowsy and fell asleep in his recliner. Falls walked up to her husband, placed the pistol against his temple and fired. She told the court she could see the burn mark and smoke coming from the hole in his head. She waited two hours, and not sure her husband was dead, placed the pistol under his jaw and fired another shot.

Why didn't Susan Falls resort to a legal remedy?

The question remains: if Falls had the presence of mind and the planning skills to acquire a pistol with silencer, to lace her husband's meal with sleeping pills, to walk up to him and place a pistol to head and shoot, to fire another shot two hours later and to use co-conspirators to dispose of the body, why didn't she have the presence of mind to avail herself of one of the myriad of legal resources to deal with the problem?

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Saturday
Jun052010

Domestic violence strikes men hard

By Graham Mabury, 882 6PR - Nightline, weeknights from 8pm

It’s almost 30 years since I took a call on Nightline I will never forget. A distraught woman was in a public phone box, having fled into the night, battered and fearing for her life.

We linked her with services to ensure her safety and provide some assistance.

I’ve tried ever since to speak against domestic violence by males and to advocate for support services for survivors and rehabilitation resources for perpetrators.

Now a new journey is beginning – supporting male victims.

We’ve had awareness campaigns regarding abuse of women and children, and that’s vital.

We must now embrace another reality.

In the words of former Governor-General Bill Hayden: “Men, too, are victims. Women, too, are perpetrators.”

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Saturday
May292010

Domestic violence study reveals gender stereotypes

Most cases of domestic violence are initiated by men, but studies show females can be physically violent as well.

Ongoing ASU research may create more understanding of female perpetrators of “intimate partner violence” and encourage services for both the perpetrators and male victims.

Kellie Palazzolo, an assistant professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, is the adviser for the research project that began fall 2009.

One goal of the research is to understand how college students perceive female and male perpetrators, she said.

“We can take what we’re learning and turn it into some sort of prevention campaign that treats both male and female equally as having the potential to be aggressive in their relationship,” Palazzolo said.

She said she ultimately wants to prevent violence in intimate relationships.

So far, the research is bringing to light that women can be aggressive.

“It’s often been taken for granted that women can’t really do that much damage, so it’s OK to maybe slap your boyfriend or do something of that nature,” Palazzolo said.

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Wednesday
May262010

ABC Radio - Nightlife - 26th May 2010 - Domestic Abuse of Men

Nightlife with Tony Delroy is eclectic and companionable talk radio at its best. From the cult quiz The Challenge to news, current affairs, advice and stimulating chat with guests from around Australia and the world; there's a lot to keep you awake into the smaller hours. Human and family issues, spiritual questions, inspiring stories, talks by best-selling authors, and experts in science, computers, finance and health are all part of the mix.

On May 26th, Tony spent the first hour of his show talking about the issue of domestic abuse of men - a situation that turns the traditional “male as the abuser, female as the victim” scenario on its head. Sadly, domestic abuse of men in Australia is regarded as significant, but hidden. A new report called Male Victims of Domestic Abuse was commissioned by the Men’s Advisory Network in Western Australia and over the last 18 months, researchers from Edith Cowan University have interviewed a range of people impacted by the abuse of men.

Joining Tony in the ABC's Perth studios were the Executive Officer of the Men’s Advisory Network, Gary Bryant, and Dr. Elizabeth Celi, a psychologist with experience of working with male victims.

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Wednesday
May262010

6PR News Talk 882 - Nightline - May 2010 - Intimate Partner Abuse of Men

Graham Mabury talks about what matters to you and the decision makers listen. Hear what’s happening around the world first from people who care.

Back in 2008 we chatted to Gary Bryant from the Men's Advisory Network about a research program that was just getting underway - research into intimate partner abuse of men. At the time we were looking for people who would participate in this research. The work has now been done, the findings are in, and the launch of those findings is coming up next week.

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