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One in Three submission to the ALRC Family Violence Inquiry

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) undertook an inquiry into the interaction in practice of state and territory family and domestic violence and child protection laws with the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) and relevant Commonwealth, state and territory criminal laws; and the impact of inconsistent interpretation or application of laws in cases of sexual assault occurring in a family/domestic violence context, including rules of evidence, on victims of such violence. Their final report, Family Violence - A National Legal Response, was published in November 2010.

The One in Three Campaign met with the President of the ALRC, Professor Roslyn Croucher and her staff in May 2010 and presented this preliminary submission to in the inquiry which was cited from on numerous occasions in the ALRC's final report. Our major achievement was that, despite the gendered nature of the terms of reference given to the ALRC, their recommendations were directed towards reforming legal frameworks with the aim of improving the safety of all victims of family violence – whether male or female.

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US woman 'stabbed husband after bad sex'

A US woman who allegedly stabbed her husband with scissors because she was disappointed with his performance in bed has been arrested for assault.

Police say Michelle Thomas, 26, became enraged after her husband failed to satisfy her in a sex session on Tuesday, the Smoking Gun website reports.

Officers were called to the couple's home after Ms Thomas slashed at the man with scissors.

The man suffered superficial cuts to his chest, leg and hand.

Ms Thomas told police her husband was drunk and had grabbed her by the wrists before throwing her on their bed.

But police found that Ms Thomas had no visible injuries from the alleged attack.

Police charged Ms Thomas with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, despite her husband refusing to press charges.

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Vicky Soteriou, accused of plotting to kill her husband, denied bail

A wife accused of plotting with her secret lover to kill her husband on his birthday has been refused bail.

Chris Soteriou was lucky to survive after being repeatedly stabbed as he left his 44th birthday dinner in Brunswick St, Fitzroy in January.

Mother of three Vicky Soteriou, 43, and her lover of ten years Ari Dimitrakis, 48, are charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to murder.

Melbourne Magistrates' Court heard the lovers had each other's names tattooed on their bodies and had even purchased a double burial plot at Keilor cemetery.

Ms Soteriou's tattoo was hidden beneath her wedding ring on her ring finger, while Mr Dimitrakis sported a "Vicky" tattoo on his groin.

Mr Soteriou had superannuation worth $2 million.

He did not know of his wife's decade-long affair until police broke the news as he recovered from his wounds.

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Mum drugged, murdered two sons: court

A Melbourne mother, who drugged her two young sons before strangling or suffocating them, saw it as her greatest act of love, a jury has heard.

Donna Fitchett, 51, has pleaded not guilty to murdering her sons Thomas, 11, and Matthew, nine, in her Balwyn North home on September 6, 2005.

Her husband David Fitchett found their bodies when he arrived home, the Victorian Supreme Court was told.

Prosecutor Gavin Silbert SC said Fitchett's cold-blooded murders were to punish her husband of 12 years for an unsatisfactory marriage.

But defence counsel Patrick Tehan QC said Fitchett killed her sons because she was mentally ill.

The court on Monday heard that Fitchett drugged the boys with sedatives she had stockpiled from her former nursing job and sent the boys to bed before strangling or smothering them.

She later told a friend she bathed and changed Thomas afterwards because she didn't want people to think he wasn't well looked after, the prosecutor said.

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Houston Researcher: 'Men are often discriminated against by DV service providers' (USA)

“Related literature and extant studies reveal that men are often discriminated against by domestic violence service providers and law enforcement systems in the help-seeking process” says doctoral candidate Venus Tsui of the University of Houston.

“This (anti-male discrimination) and other forms of exclusion breed a stigma in men that causes them embarrassment and is often the ultimate provocation to keep the abuse to themselves” Tsui said.

“They face the challenge of masculine identity when reporting the abuse,” she said. “Socialization affects how men behave, and seeking help is often thought (of) as a sign of weakness...”

”With my research, I hope to identify the barriers and facilitators to help-seeking among male victims of partner abuse as well as to develop effective prevention and intervention strategies that are gender-sensitive and responsive to the unique needs of male victims,” she said.

Both researchers (Tsui and her dissertation supervisor) recognize that the sheer secretiveness behind this issue is the very root of the problem.

“To help male victims in need, it is important to not only encourage them to ask for help, but also dispel the myth and acknowledge their need for services in the society,” Tsui said.

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