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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Wednesday
Apr212010

WEAVE fights traditional images of domestic violence offering men help from abusers (USA)

SACRAMENTO, CA - When they first opened their doors and became incorporated in 1978, they likely had no idea how their role might evolve as a provider of crisis intervention services in Sacramento. Even their name indicated they were going into business with the intent of helping women -- not men.

The founders called their organization WEAVE: Women Escaping A Violent Environment. 32 years later, the name endures.

But the times have changed, as has the clientele.

According to people who have used WEAVE services, the perception of the group remains largely the same as it was 30 years ago.

"I didn't know about them, and I didn't know they would help men," said Paul Smith, a WEAVE client.

Another WEAVE Client, Michael Dimmitt, said he also thought the organization might not be for him.

"It's not well known among men that WEAVE services are available to them," Dimmitt said. "Men don't talk about it with each other."

The "it" he's referring to is domestic violence. Four years ago, Dimmitt and Smith both would have had a hard time talking about their situations. Now, they have no problem sharing details they once considered mortifying.

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Wednesday
Apr212010

Some help for victims on the other side (India)

They are abused and harassed. They have to choke back their tears and look strong, lest they are misjudged and ridiculed. Their sorrows get unnoticed and they are afraid to cry out for help. Yes, these are men, the silent victims of domestic violence who are desperately trying to make their woes heard.

The Domestic Violence Act that came into force in 2005 says that a wife or live-in partner can file a complaint against her husband/partner and his family members in case of any abuse or torture. Though the Act addresses the age-old abuse and dowry harassment of women, men, however, complain that there is no provision in it to protect them.

“Domestic violence is not a gender issue. Men and women both can be victims of it. Our mission is to ask for an amendment so that the law is gender-neutral. There have been cases where women have misused the Domestic Violence Act and the Dowry Act but there are no laws to protect the Indian men,” says Uma Challa, president of All India Men’s Welfare Association (AIMWA), an NGO that deals with men subjected to domestic violence and counsels them.

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Tuesday
Apr132010

Male Victims/Survivors of Partner Abuse Survey (USA)

The Research Team at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work is conducting a survey on "Help-Seeking Behaviours of Adult Men in Partner Abuse". We would like to invite you to take a few minutes to complete the anonymous questionnaire via this link:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KS9WG96

A paper survey will also be available if you have no access to a computer by indicating "paper survey" with a returned address by mail or email to Venus Tsui (see address below).

If you are a service provider working with a focus on intimate partner abuse or family relations, you are welcome to continue to invite men who were or have been abused by their partner to participate in the survey. We would appreciate it very much if you would post this flyer in your office and organisation's waiting area. A Resource Guide for Men in Partner Abuse is provided for your reference.

Thanks in advance for your participation!

Monit Cheung, PhD, LCSW, Professor, & Venus Tsui, Doctoral Candidate Graduate College of Social Work University of Houston 110HA Social Work Building Houston, TX 77204-4013, USA

1-713-743-8107 (Work); 1-713-743-8149 (FAX)

mcheung@uh.edu or www.sw.uh.edu

Monday
Apr122010

Domestic Violence Act: Women can be charged (India)

NEW DELHI: In the wake of the raging debate on whether the Domestic Violence Act, enacted for the welfare of women, can be used against them or not, with different high courts expressing “conflicting views”, a trial court has set the record straight by holding that female members of a family can be charged under the Domestic Violence Act in case of harassment of a woman.

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Thursday
Apr012010

Newer Perspectives on Domestic Violence (USA)

Domestic Violence (DV) and all its consequences is a terribly sad, troubling, and potentially destructive part of our national life and identity. DV not only poses physical dangers but also takes a terrible toll on families and the important relationships of our lives. One would have thought that we, as a nation, would use reason, science and logic to solve—-as much as full solution is possible—-this scourge. Perhaps naturally and understandably, considering how emotional these issues are, science, perspective, study, and thoughtfulness have often been put aside while warring camps, political concerns and emotions have carried the day. Domestic violence can be seen in many different ways but certainly a medical/scientific approach is warranted, with much to offer if real solutions are to be found.

A variety of women’s groups have seen it as central to their mission to highlight domestic violence, and have generally couched the issues in a gender specific way. Women, in their view, are the victims of DV; and men, the perpetrators. By extension, the more radical of these groups saw all men as potential abusers, waiting for certain conditions before striking. (“All men are potential rapists and that’s all they are”, said Marilyn French, author of The Women’s Room).

In the view of such groups, there was no room for studies of varying motives, circumstances, or perpetrators. The act was criminal, and the motivation was assumed to be exclusively the patriarchal attempt at dominance over women. By extension, since these were criminal acts, they should be dealt with through the criminal justice system; eg, by means of arrests, restraining orders, and the registration of males accused of being “batterers” (accused, not proven). Furthermore, in this view, these alleged batterers should be removed from their homes, their mates, and their children. Increasing criminalization was thus seen as the means of preventing and coping with DV.

Men were seen as hopelessly aggressive by nature -- predatory, and controlling. Many men reacted by joining the cause and becoming the “enforcers”--outdoing women in their zeal to protect womanhood and rid society of batterers at all costs. Other men reacted passively, unaccustomed to being adversarial toward women. And still others reacted sympathetically, but were outraged by the attack on civil liberties and constitutional rights such branding of men as batterers entailed, often with minimal due process. (“Men who are unjustly accused of rape can sometimes gain from the experience” said a Vassar College Assistant Dean of Students). Many men felt themselves, as a group, being degraded and bashed, much as blacks had been a generation before-- when, if you were black, you were a priori deemed capable of any crime, any aggression. Men felt themselves discredited--many of whom had fought for years, and through their families, for generations, for equality and justice for all.

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