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Breaking taboos about violence

Letter to the Sydney Morning Herald.

The letter from Lesley Laing (December 3) highlights cultural taboos about recognising violence by women. Don Weatherburn correctly pointed out that males are a significant proportion of domestic homicide victims (including intimate partner homicides by women), and any review that ignores this, as proposed by Laing, will be at best incomplete.

Laing's claim that the intent of the review is to “save the lives of women and children” implies children are murdered mostly by men in domestic situations. Australian Institute of Criminology data shows mothers are twice as likely as fathers to kill a child.

If the review is indeed intended to save the lives of women and children - and also those men whom Laing disregards - it must consider female as well as male perpetrators, and not be held hostage by entrenched gender interest groups with an axe to grind. Weatherburn cautioned against attempting to limit the focus of the review to specific sub-groups. Laing's letter shows why such caution is needed.

Michael Woods, Senior lecturer, school of biomedical and health sciences, University of Western Sydney


Penis fire-accused to answer charge

A jealous wife who allegedly set her husband’s penis on fire will answer a murder charge in January. Rajini Narayan, 44, appeared briefly in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Friday charged with murder, arson and endangering life. The mother of three allegedly set fire to the genitals of her husband, Satish Narayan, in December last year. Mr Narayan suffered major burns and died several weeks later. The fire also gutted the family’s suburban Unley home leaving a damage bill of about $1 million. A previous court hearing heard Narayan had told neighbours: “I’m a jealous wife, his penis should belong to me. I just wanted to burn his penis so it belongs to me and no one else ... I didn’t mean this to happen.” In court on Friday, defence counsel Lindy Powell, QC, asked for a delay in the date for her client to answer the charge as discussions were still under way with the prosecution. Magistrate Alf Grasso set down January 22 for Narayan’s next appearance. Bail was continued.


Secret Lives of Women: Husband Beaters (USA)

In America, the term "Domestic Abuse" is typically associated with a victimized woman mercilessly beaten by an overbearing ogre of a husband. The fact is however, that more than a third of all DA cases feature males as victims, and even that number is considered low due to the relatively low reporting of these cases by men who are ashamed and afraid to do so. The stories in SLOW: Husband Beaters will provide an inside look at Domestic Abuse done to men from a variety of perspectives and shed light on a very dark and violent corner of America.

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Anti-violence campaign hails attitude shift on violence against males

Media release from the One in Three Campaign.

More than twice as many people now think women are just as likely to commit domestic violence as men. Over the past fourteen years, the number has risen from 9 to 22 percent of the population and a further 46 percent now accept women also commit acts of domestic violence, although this group still believes men commit the majority of abuse. The findings come from a survey of more than 10,000 Australians commissioned by the Federal Government and released last week by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to mark White Ribbon Day. The survey also found that 38 per cent of males and 46 per cent of females thought the level of fear experienced by domestic violence victims was the same for males and females. One in Three Campaign spokesperson Greg Andresen said he was very pleased to see that Australian community beliefs about violence were falling into line with the research statistics on the issue.

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Moshtix encourages domestic violence against men

Today's email newsletter from Moshtix (an electronic ticketing company) contained the following offensive and violence-supportive paragraph:

“We heart Tiger Woods' wife, yes we do. Not only is she one hot Norwegian birdie, she's also the only person who can beat her husband with a golf club. So if you're into clubbing as much as Mrs Woods is, check out Moshy's picks this week and find yourself a good party to crash.”