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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Tuesday
Dec012009

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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Tuesday
Dec012009

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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Monday
Nov302009

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.
Friday
Nov272009

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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Friday
Nov272009

Men are domestic violence victims, too

Letter to the Sydney Morning Herald.

It should be a positive step to have the State Coroner chair a permanent panel to review domestic violence-related deaths (''All domestic violence deaths to be reviewed by State Coroner'', November 24). But your article blurs the statistics. It is right about the number of women murdered each year, and most are murdered by men. But these are not the ''majority of all murders''. Women constitute about one in three of all murder victims.

You quote Betty Green of the NSW Domestic Violence Coalition as saying, ''We really do not know how many women are dying in domestic violence.'' This is probably true, thanks to shortcomings in police reporting systems. But why mention only women?

What we do know, based on current figures, is that about 61 per cent of domestic violence murder victims are women. The most recent statistics available from the Australian Institute of Criminology indicate that in NSW in 2006-07, seven women and 11 men killed their partner.

Yes, it is tragic that women are dying each year at the hands of their partners, and equally tragic that men are doing so. The causes are complex and the statistics don't even begin to explain the dynamics in each case. I hope the new review board will thoroughly investigate each case of family-related homicide so that we can get a more nuanced understanding of the causes and end this tragedy for both men and women.

Toni McLean Bundanoon