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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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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


Facts on DV wrong

Letter to the Newcastle Herald.

Thanks to Jon Chin (Herald Opinion & Analysis 25/11) for his dedication to ending violence against women, but figures quoted in his article are very wrong. Jon states that “violence against women has to be the greatest human rights scandal of our time."

But violence against men, on every available indicator, is much more extensive, widespread, and has much greater health impacts, than does violence against women (see for references).

He also said that "more than 1 million women had been a victim of violence in the previous 12 months". The facts are that 443,800 women had been a victim of violence in the previous 12 months, as had 808,300 men.

While I support Jon and other men’s stance against violence towards women, the White Ribbon Foundation is silent on the one in three male victims of domestic violence in Australia and refuses to acknowledge the high level of violence experienced by men and boys, often at the hands of the women in their lives. We need to support male victims as well.

Greg Millan, Waratah


Boys face compulsory feminism programs in state schools across Victoria

Boys face compulsory feminism programs in state schools across Victoria in a major push to prevent violence against females. Possible classroom activities include students acting out scenes of sexual coercion after which students would suggest more appropriate behaviour. A VicHealth report for the state Education Department calls for teachers to be trained in gender, violence and sexual health issues so they would be comfortable discussing "taboo" issues. But it would help if teachers could "make the program fun", the authors said.

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School lessons to tackle domestic violence outlined (UK)

Every school pupil in England is to be taught that domestic violence against women and girls is unacceptable, as part of a new government strategy. Under the plans, from 2011 children will be taught from the age of five how to prevent violent relationships. And next year, two helplines will be set up to deal with sexual violence and stalking and harassment. The charity Refuge has welcomed the move but parents' groups questioned the government's interference. More than £13m is being provided to help support male and female victims of sexual and domestic violence in a range of actions by the police, local authorities, NHS and government.

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