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Report dispels link between domestic violence and murder

It is a myth that most domestic murderers are known to authorities, with 74 per cent of them having no contact with police for violent incidents in the year before they kill and 48 per cent no contact for five years prior. Even fewer victims - only 10 per cent - were involved in a recorded incident of domestic violence with their eventual killer in the year before their death, a Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research report says.

The bureau's director, Dr Don Weatherburn, said the findings made it difficult for authorities to prevent murders in the home, which are the most common killings in Australia. "The policy problem for government is whether to raise the protection standard for all victims of domestic violence or raise protection for a specific sub-group. I've got my doubts about the effectiveness of the latter approach."

The report also suggests that recent powers given to the NSW coroner to investigate all domestic violence-related deaths could be fruitless.

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Instances of abuse directed at men by women have rocketed by 172% (Scotland)

Four out of 10 cases of domestic violence in the Highlands and islands last year involved repeat victims, new police figures have revealed. In 2008-09, 1,159 incidents of domestic violence were reported to Northern Constabulary, with 41% of all victims admitting that they had been abused for at least the second time. Levels of domestic violence perpetrated by men against women have risen by 30% since 2000, while instances of abuse directed at men by women have rocketed by 172%.

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One in Three Campaign Launched: Will Support Come from the Churches?

International Men’s Day probably went unnoticed by most people — just like a social problem that has been overlooked, or ignored, or deliberately suppressed for far too long, by both secular and Christian segments of society.

19 November 2009 saw the quiet launch of the ‘One in Three Campaign’, which aims to help many silent victims: men who are the victims of domestic abuse.

The founders include Maggie Hamilton, author of What Men Don’t Talk About, Dr Elizabeth Celi, author of Regular Joe vs Mr Invincible, and Steve Biddulph, author of Manhood. Biddulph writes, “With family violence, we had to address ‘women and children first’; but in 2009, the troubling nub of violence is in families where both partners are violent, as well as those most hidden, where women hit men. Today nobody approves of or accepts wife bashing. Husband bashing needs this same condemnation and action.”

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For the wives (USA)

The Metro International website contains this offensive and violence-supportive piece:

So the man in your life has been chasing the wrong kind of birdies and a smack around the chops with a golf club is just what the doctor ordered. But, which club to use? Here’s Metro’s handy guide:
  • 1-Wood: There are some lovely drivers out there with a massive sweet spot. You can hardly miss his two-timing carcass with this, but be warned — it’ll do some damage. Just remember to stay in bounds.
  • 3-Iron: Only advanced wives should use this. A badly swung 3-iron can cause a nasty slice on a ball. And nobody likes to see that.
  • Pitching wedge: A sharper-angled club face delivers subtlety and spin. Maximum damage, minimum effort.
  • Putter: Lethal from short range. Bawling “In The Hole!” as you take aim makes it even more fun.

One in three victims of family violence is male

“Each night when she came from work I would be tense and nervous. I didn't know in what way she was going to abuse me.” This is Matthew’s story: the tale of a man who was regularly abused by his female partner in his own home. Contrary to general wisdom, such stories are commonplace across Australia. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, more than 435,000 men have experienced violence from their current or previous partner since the age of 15.

Male victims of family violence - perhaps even more so than women - often face barriers to disclosing their abuse. They are likely to be told that there must be something they did to provoke their partner’s violence. They can suffer shame, embarrassment and the social stigma of not being able to protect themselves. They can feel uncertain about where to seek help, or how to seek help.

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