RECENT NEWS ARTICLES

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Monday
May032010

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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Monday
May032010

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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Thursday
Apr222010

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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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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