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
Dec162009

Should I leave my abusive wife?

Dear Bossy: I am writing to you seeking advice, particularly because of the anonimity offered by the internet, because it is not an issue I would feel comfortable discussing with my friends or family. At the same time, I refuse to believe that I am the only one this happens to, so I hope some of your readers can relate and tell me of their experience and solutions.

I’ll explain my situation. I met my wife about four years ago, we were engaged in under a year, and married a year after that. I really thought I had met the woman of my dreams - caring, loveable, funny, pretty and sexy. I got brief glimpses of her darkside when she drank, she would sometimes become violent, slapping me, throwing things and being verbally abusive. I thought this was just something that happened when she’d had too much to drink, because she was a sweetheart the rest of the time. I forgave her for these incidents, but over time, they have escalated, and now its not just when she drinks.

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Tuesday
Dec152009

2008-09 Scottish Crime and Justice Survey on Partner Abuse published

The 2008-09 Scottish Crime and Justice Survey on Partner Abuse has found that:

  • A similar percentage of males and females experienced partner abuse in the last 12 months (both five per cent).
  • Women (14%) were more likely to consider themselves to have been a victim of domestic abuse than men (three per cent).
  • Around three in ten (31%) did not tell anyone about the most recent / only incident of partner abuse experienced in the last 12 months. This was higher for men (40%) than for women (21%).
  • The police came to know about one in five (21%) of the most recent / only incidents of partner abuse experienced in the last 12 months. This was higher for the most recent / only incident experienced by women (35%) than by men (eight per cent).
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Sunday
Dec132009

A crude hatchet job on men's rights

Men's Rights activists should be a little bit pleased. They've been noticed. Enough to merit a vitriolic attack on them in the Melbourne Herald Sun.

The hatchet job columnist is a guy by the name of David Penberthy. He ridicules the idea that women might be the perpetrators rather than the victims of domestic violence. He laughs at the idea that there might be domestic violence victims called Nige and Bazza,

hiding in the broom cupboard begging for mercy as the little lady gives them the rounds of the kitchen.

And so he endorses the White Ribbon Day campaign which blames men as a class, male culture and male privilege for domestic violence - with the implication that masculinity itself is anti-social and must be deconstructed.

The problem with Penberthy's argument is that women often are the perpetrators of domestic violence. They are the perpetrators of domestic violence against men, children and other women. One statistic alone is telling here. In 2007, in the Australian state of New South Wales, 2336 women were charged with domestic violence offences.

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Friday
Dec112009

One in three campaign launched

The Newcastle Trades Hall Council Report reports...

A new campaign for male victims of family violence was launched on International Men’s Day November 19th. The One in Three campaign is named after the little known fact that up to one in three victims of sexual assault and at least one in three victims of family violence is male.

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Wednesday
Dec092009

Body-in-suitcase mother jailed

A Sydney woman who choked her two-year-old son and stuffed his body in a suitcase has been sentenced to at least 19 years’ jail. Rachel Pfitzner, 28, pleaded guilty to killing Dean Shillingsworth in October 2007. The NSW Supreme Court heard that Pfitzner held the child up by the hood of his jumper until he began to choke, then threw him to the floor. She later wrapped his body in plastic before stuffing it in the suitcase, which she dumped in a duck pond at Ambarvale in Sydney’s south-west. The suitcase was later found by a group of children.

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