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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Thursday
Jan212010

The domestic violence industry's war on men

The Canadian public never seems to weary of the annual December 6 tribute to the 1989 Montreal Polytechnique shooting massacre of 14 women. Feminists everywhere in the West appropriated its emotive themes to lend greater credence to an already widespread pernicious tripartite myth: namely, that all men — the “patriarchy” — are inherently prone to violence against women, that all women are potential victims of male aggression, and that female violence against men is never unprovoked, but always an act of self-defense against overt or covert male aggression.

The unspoken corollary to these falsehoods is that violence perpetrated against males, whether by other males or by females, is deemed unworthy of official recognition or more than minimal legal redress, and that while female suffering must be acknowledged as socially intolerable, male suffering may not make a parallel moral claim.

In fact, as any number of peer-reviewed research and government statistics make clear, although women are far more likely to report domestic abuse, equal numbers of men and women experience some form of DV during their lifetimes; men and women initiate abuse in equal measure; and far from any inherent “patriarchal” instinct to control women, DV — in Judeo-Christian culture at any rate — is almost always attributable to individual psychological dysfunction.

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Wednesday
Jan202010

Barbara Kay: Male victims need help too (Canada)

Particularly negligent, in the light of the dire need for services for boys and men suffering sexual or partner abuse, was the media’s omission of this important nudge: “Men need integrated and coherent plans for services and a way of tracking and measuring implementation and effectiveness of services. Right now there is no integrated plan.”

For Ontario women in distress there are 39 permanently funded shelters and numerous other programs. For Ontario’s male victims of intimate partner violence — straight or gay — there is no dedicated shelter at all, only the precariously funded The Men’s Project in Ottawa offering healing and support programs (there was a Cornwall branch, apparently for show, since the government closed it down as soon as the inquiry finished).

And there is exactly one full-service centre in Canada (meagrely and provisionally, not permanently funded) — the Nanaimo Men’s Resource Centre in B.C. — where a man seeking protection for himself and his children from their abusive mother can find assured refuge.

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Tuesday
Jan192010

Abusegate: mother of all scandals?

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, what's the most colossal scandal of them all? Watergate? Climategate? Tigergate? If you said 'yes' to any of these, you're not even close! Folks, we're not talking about a media-adled tempest in a teapot. No, this is an old-fashioned head-banging, sit-down-and-cry-your-eyes-out affair.

Abusegate refers to our nation's flawed crusade to curb domestic violence (DV). Originally a high-minded and well-intentioned effort, the end-abuse campaign has now fallen prey to an invidious anti-family agenda. In the name of making homes safe, the domestic violence industry curtails fundamental civil rights and often betrays those in greatest need.

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Monday
Jan182010

Tot's death result of 'domestic violence'

A 23-year-old mother who unintentionally stabbed and killed her own 16-month-old daughter had been retaliating against years of domestic violence. The woman thrust a knife towards her de facto, unaware he held her child in his arms. Defence lawyer Michael Clarke said during sentencing submissions for his client Nicole Frances Bryan that "tragic timing" had seen her de facto turn around as she brought down a kitchen knife on March 7 last year. Mr Clarke told the Supreme Court his client had endured years of domestic violence and that the night of the tragedy had been the first time she struck back. A State prosecutor told the court it was hard not to have empathy for Ms Bryan but she had committed a reckless, intentional and violent act that had resulted in unintentional consequences. The prosecutor said the de facto, who did not want retribution, claimed domestic violence had occurred on both sides in the past.

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Monday
Jan182010

Fitzroy stabbing: wife plotted with man to kill husband, court told

A Melbourne woman who allegedly conspired with another man to kill her husband in an inner Melbourne street was too ill to appear in court today.

Vicky Soteriou, 43, is charged with conspiring with Ari Dimitrakis, 48, to murder her husband Chris Soteriou, 44, on January 2.

Mr and Mrs Soteriou were walking back to their car in Rose Street, Fitzroy about 11.50pm when he was stabbed repeatedly. He remains in the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a serious condition.

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