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Violence by our girls increases

Violence by females is on the rise, prompting one school to introduce a program to teach teenage girls about the consequences of bullying. In 2006, police in Victoria were called to more than 3500 family violence incidents in which children were the perpetrators. One in three involved girls, mostly aged 12 to 17. Police also revealed that attacks by boys against their parents rose 19 per cent between 2003 and 2007, but attacks perpetrated by teenage girls grew 30 per cent in the same period. In a survey of 260 families, Mr Gallagher found a quarter of adolescents who perpetrate domestic violence were girls and the victims are usually their mothers. Teaching staff at a secondary school in Gippsland, Victoria, were so overwhelmed by the behaviour of a group of year 9 girls they have begun a program to teach them the consequences of their actions.

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No One Believed Me (USA)

Four Sacramento County Sheriff’s cars pulled up in front of David Woods’s house. He tried to explain to them what happened. But the lead deputy cut him off: “Yeah, that’s fine. Put your hands behind your back.” David said, “No, wait, she stabbed me ... there’s the knife. See the knife? See my neck wound? See?” “Put your hands behind your back. Turn around,” the deputy replied. “No,” David protested. “She stabbed...” The deputies drew their weapons. David’s little daughters came running out of the back bedroom pleading, “Leave Daddy alone! Mamma tried to hurt him with a knife!” One deputy, a woman, took the children in the bedroom and shut the door. David stood there, cuffed.

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Steve McNair - a domestic violence victim (USA)

Police recently concluded that former NFL star Steve McNair was fatally shot in his sleep by girlfriend Sahel Kazemi in a murder-suicide. Yet while there are more than 10,000 media entries on Google News for Steve McNair, only a few of them even mention the phrase domestic violence. Violence by women against their male partners is often ignored or not recognized as domestic violence. Law enforcement, the judicial system, the media and the domestic-violence establishment are still stuck in the outdated "man as perpetrator/woman as victim" conception of domestic violence. Yet more than 200 studies have found that women initiate at least as much violence against their male partners as vice versa. Men account for about a third of domestic-violence injuries and deaths. Research shows women often compensate for their lack of physical strength by employing weapons and the element of surprise -- just as Miss Kazemi is thought to have done.

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More bashings by wives

Women are becoming more violent towards their partners. Shocking figures have revealed that the number of women who have been charged with domestic violence-related assault has soared by 159 per cent over the past eight years. The figures, from the New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics, show 2336 women faced court on charges of domestic violence in 2007, mainly for bashing their husbands, compared with just 818 in 1999. Men's groups said yesterday they were happy that police were finally taking men seriously but it remained tough for husbands to admit they had been attacked by their wives. Research shows women tend to use guns, knives, boiling liquids and irons to attack their partners.

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1.5m men are victims of domestic violence (Kenya)

A report by a lobby group championing men's rights on Sunday said over 1.5 million in Kenya are victims of domestic violence daily. The Maendeleo ya Wanaume organisation said even though they are battered by their wives, men find it difficult to report this to authorities for fear of social ridicule. The findings show the campaign for the rights of the women has led to a reverse of the scenario and now men are at the centre of violence. The group carried out a survey in 40 selected districts in Kenya's provinces from August 2008 and has found out that between 1 and 1.5 million men are domestically abused by women daily.

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