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Can men be victims of domestic violence? (USA)

Many organizations are studying the incidence of domestic violence among heterosexual and homosexual couples and finding that men can absolutely be victims of abuse, with male and female partners as perpetrators. The fact is, male-victim domestic violence is easy to miss, particularly among hetero couples – common stereotypes make it incredibly difficult for a man to admit that his partner has abused him in any way.

Women can hit just as much as men can. In fact, according to one source , the overwhelming mass of evidence indicates that half of all domestic violence cases involve an exchange of blows and the remaining 50% is evenly split between men and women who are brutalized by their partners.

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Self-help for men's abuse in demand (NZ)

A group of Gisborne fathers is determined to stop family violence.

The ideas and work of Tairawhiti Men Against Violence - formed in the aftermath of domestic violence incidents in 2006 - are in demand, with communities all over the country looking to follow suit.

Domestic violence and deaths plagued communities, with many men unable to get help without feeling threatened, group founding member Tim Marshall said.

The 2010 Family Violence Death Report highlighted the depth of the problem - 12 men, 16 children and 13 women so badly abused by their own family members that they died.

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Aid for male victims of domestic abuse (Scotland)

A helpline for male victims of domestic violence is being set up next month.

Callers to the Men’s Advice Line will be able to speak to trained advisers who offer confidential, practical advice and support to people being abused by their partners.

People worried about friends or family and frontline workers can also call the anonymous helpline for advice. More than 7,000 men in Scotland reported being abused by a partner last year. Some 14% of cases investigated by police involved a man who was being abused by a female partner.

A separate arm of the helpline called Respect, also going live next month, will offer anyone who is worried that their own behaviour towards a partner is abusive a chance to stop and change it. The helpline will also be a key source of information on the scope and severity of abuse experienced by men and what support men need. Communities Minister Alex Neil said: “Domestic abuse is unacceptable, whether it is carried out by a man or a woman.”

Mark Ward, national co-ordinator for the Men’s Health Forum Scotland, said it is delighted that the SNP is supporting the development of male domestic violence support services.

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Cops: Man lured by ex, sodomized (USA)

The 29-year-old man told his former lover that he had romance on his mind Sunday night.

His ex, Renada Williams, 28, told him she did, too, but Philadelphia police said she had on her mind a brutal plan of revenge against him.

With her former lover nude and ready for romance at her place, police said, two thugs, 16 and 20, showed up and brutalized him with a broomstick.

Police said they sodomized the man, then pummeled him with the broomstick. After the ordeal, the two tied up the unidentified victim with electrical cords.

The victim was so roughed up, he told investigators that he passed out and didn't know how long he'd been unconscious, said police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore.

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Men Can Be Victims Too

Letter to the editor: Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

Discrimination against men by the NSW Government continues. Community Services Minister, Linda Burney, has launched a program entitled “Staying Home Leaving Violence”. This program aims to remove perpetrators of domestic violence from their homes. However, Ms Burney makes it plain that she and her Department do not consider that men can ever be victims of violence by women.

As Ms Burney states “Staying home leaving violence helps to prevent homelessness by removing the perpetrator from the family home, meaning women and children can remain safely where they are. The program places accountability firmly on the shoulders of the violent offender and ensures women and children are not driven to homelessness…”.

Feminist influence on social; policy has been biased and inept. Categories of family violence, where women comprise a large or in fact a major proportion of the offenders (assault and homicide of children under 5 years of age and abuse of the elderly), are not classed as domestic violence.

Publications from the Federal Office of the Status of Women have stated that “Domestic violence is violence by a man against women and children” and that “Men can’t be victims of domestic violence, they can only feel they are.”

Men who are victims of domestic violence and their children are truly on their own. As well as the stigma and shame for male victims, government agencies and legal support services routinely discriminate against men.

The dreadful impact of female family violence can be seen in the childhood story of Jon Venables, the Bulger child murderer. My heart sank as I read of Jon lining up his teddy bears at night to protect him from another brutal beating at the hands of his mother. I urge people to look at the material available at the ‘One in Three campaign’ website at

Andrew Humphreys
1 Normandy Street
Narrawallee NSW 2539