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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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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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720 ABC Perth - Gillian Oshaughnessy - When women hurt men

If we think of a couple whose relationship has become so destructive, one lives in fear of the other, what gender do you imagone to be the victim? And who do you imagine to be the perpertrator?

While women are more likely to be victims of domestic violence, there are also men who are victims of abuse by their partners.

They often feel ashamed and isolated, and unlikely to be believed or supported.

Family violence of any kind is so tragically destructive for everyone involved, especially for children. So it's important we talk about all of it.

Relationships Australia has programs to help both men and women.

Today we spoke to the author of the report, Intimate Partner Abuse of Men, Professor Alfred Allan, and psychologist and author Dr Elizabeth Celi.

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Friends, government turn blind eye to male victims: report

Media release from the Men's Advisory Network (WA).

The WA Government must establish specific services to support male victims of domestic abuse and invest in better training to help health and welfare workers identify abused men, according to the Men’s Advisory Network (MAN).

The call follows the launch today of a ground-breaking report, Intimate Partner Abuse of Men, by researchers from Edith Cowan University’s psychology department.

According to the report, embarrassment, the disbelief of friends and colleagues, and social welfare and justice systems that assumed men were the abusers were among the reasons many men did not report abuse.

Even if they were believed, male victims had nowhere to go for appropriate support and counselling as existing services were set up to cater for female victims of male abuse.

MAN executive officer Gary Bryant said the community could not go on turning a blind eye to male victims of domestic abuse.

“MAN says no to all forms of abuse and violence,” Mr Bryant said. “We recognise that men are the main perpetrators of domestic violence. But that does not mean we should turn our back on those men who are innocent victims of abuse.

“To continue ignoring male victims because of the actions of other men would be a tragic betrayal of social justice and human rights.”

The ECU research was commissioned by MAN, with funding from Lotterywest, and follows recommendations by a steering committee including the WA Government’s Family and Domestic Violence Unit.

Researchers interviewed male victims, their families and domestic violence-related service providers in Western Australia.

They found that men experienced the same forms of abuse as women, as well as one additional form not identified previously. This was “legal-administrative” abuse in which a person used legitimate services, such as Violence Restraining Orders, to abuse the rights of others.

Recommendations in the report include:

• A government-funded campaign to raise public awareness of intimate partner violence against men, complementing campaigns about violence against women and children;

• The provision of publicly funded services specifically for male victims of intimate partner abuse;

• Consideration of how services for male victims could be integrated with services for female victims and general services for victims of family violence; and

• The provision of training for health and welfare workers, to help them identify and support male victims of intimate partner abuse.

The Men’s Advisory Network is the peak body for men’s health, well-being and other issues affecting men and boys in Western Australia and receives funding from the WA Department of Health.

The full report is available on the MAN website

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Male victims of domestic violence need campaigns and services: report

Media release from the One in Three Campaign.

A groundbreaking report from Edith Cowan University (ECU) has found that male victims of domestic violence can suffer from a unique form of legal/administrative abuse previously unidentified in research, as well as experiencing most of the same impacts as female victims.

The Intimate Partner Abuse of Men report, to be launched this morning in Perth, found that “Male victims of intimate partner abuse and their children suffer a range of consequences, such as psychological distress (including disorders such as depression and anxiety disorders), suicidal ideation, impaired self-concept and loss of work.”

It found that male victims are often reluctant to disclose their experience of abuse or seek help because of their sometimes justified fears that they will not be believed, that they will not be assisted or will instead be blamed for the abuse.

The study recommends that government-funded public campaigns be conducted to raise awareness of domestic violence against men; that consideration should be given to providing publicly-funded services specifically for male victims; and that workers in health and welfare fields should be provided with training to assist them to recognise and respond effectively to male victims of domestic violence.

The study’s findings come after the release of statistics last year by the WA Department for Child Protection, showing that in 2007-08 women were responsible for more than three quarters of all substantiated child maltreatment.

Greg Andresen from the One in Three anti-violence campaign said “We know that one in three victims of family violence and abuse are male. This study confirms that these men have almost no services to help them, despite suffering from physical, emotional, verbal, sexual, financial and social abuse just like women victims.

“The study also discovered that some women abuse their male partners by manipulating legal and administrative resources such as taking out false restraining orders or not allowing the victim access to his children.”

In July 2009 the Federal Attorney-General asked the Australian Law Reform Commission to inquire into what improvements could be made to relevant family and domestic violence legal frameworks to protect the safety of women and their children. The One in Three campaign argues that this exclusion of male victims and their children is typical of government approaches to the issue of domestic violence which assume incorrectly that the vast majority of perpetrators are male and the vast majority of victims female.

Campaigners say that making a protection such as freedom from violence dependent on the victim’s sex violates some of the most fundamental principles of international human rights law.

Mr Andresen added, “Some will argue that domestic violence perpetrated by women is not a serious matter. However research overwhelmingly shows that coercion (control and domination) is a frequently cited reason by women for their own use of violence, and by male victims for their female partner’s use of violence.

Other research confirms that women rarely use violence in self-defence. Self-defence is cited by women as the reason for their use of domestic violence including homicide in only a small minority of cases (between 5 and 20 per cent).

Men are physically injured by female perpetrators, and often seriously, because women can do just as much harm with a weapon as men can, despite any differences in size or strength. And children suffer equally regardless of whether it’s Mum, Dad or both being violent.”

The One in Three campaign is calling upon state and federal governments and non-government service providers to heed the recommendations of the ECU study and provide services to all victims regardless of their sex. These include counselling and support services, accommodation services, help-lines and crisis response, and community education and prevention programmes.

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