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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Friday
Aug262016

Vested interests ‘have taken over domestic violence debate’: Leyonhjelm | Bettina Arndt | The Australian

BETTINA ARNDT Columnist @thebettinaarndt

Australia’s approach to dealing with domestic violence is “ideologically driven” and ignores women’s participation, says Liberal Democrats senator David Leyonhjelm, who is seeking more evidence to justify government-funded programs.

“My concern is that vested interests may have taken over the debate. In recent years, successive governments have thrown vast sums at domestic violence services, but the evidence suggests the money is not being spent wisely,” said Senator Leyonhjelm.

He plans to use Senate estimates hearings to interrogate the evidence justifying government domestic violence initiatives. He said he was concerned the domestic violence framework is based on an “ideologically driven agenda which denies female participation in family violence, contrary to a vast body of research both here and overseas”.

Senator Leyonhjelm cited the announcement of new domestic violence guidelines for magistrates and judges released last week by federal Attorney-General George Brandis.

Those broaden the definition for domestic violence to include criticising a partner’s appearance or housework skills or even remaining silent. “The ludicrous, ever-expanding definitions of domestic violence make a mockery of this serious social problem,” he said. Queensland introduced domestic violence legislation this week which requires police to offer “immediate” protection to someone alleging domestic violence. “Our legal system has already gone too far in undermining legal principles such as presumption of innocence,” said Senator Leyonhjelm. “This could further increase the risk of people being arbitrarily removed from their homes and losing contact with their children on the basis of unproven allegations.”

Other crossbench senators have raised concerns on domestic violence. The Nick Xenophon Team’s platform calls for government to “create and fund an evidence-based national awareness campaign with a particular focus on the cultural environment which contributes to family violence similar issues”. Jacqui Lambie has criticised funding cuts to mental health and drug and alcohol services, which address known causes of domestic violence. Pauline Hanson has bemoaned the lack of resources for male victims of domestic violence. The Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed one third of domestic violence victims were male. Senator Leyonhjelm welcomed a commitment last week by the NSW government to provide $13 million over four years for male victims’ services.

Saturday
Aug202016

Domestic violence: data shows women are not the only victims | The Weekend Australian Inquirer

The University of Queensland’s Kim Halford suggests that perhaps three-quarters of a million children witness both parents engaged in domestic violence.

BETTINA ARNDT Columnist @thebettinaarndt

Eva Solberg is a Swedish politician, a proud feminist who holds an important post as chairwoman of the party Moderate Women. Last year she was presented with her government’s latest strategy for combating domestic violence. Like similar reports across the world, this strategy assumes the only way to tackle domestic violence is through teaching misogynist men (and boys) to behave themselves.

The Swedish politician spat the dummy. Writing on the news site Nyheter24, Solberg took issue with her government’s “tired gendered analysis”, which argued that eradicating sexism was the solution to the problem of domestic violence. She explained her reasoning: “We know through extensive practice and experience that attempts to solve the issue through this kind of analysis have failed. And they failed precisely because violence is not and never has been a gender issue.”

Solberg challenged the government report’s assumption that there was a guilty sex and an innocent one. “Thanks to extensive research in the field, both at the national and international level, we now know with great certainty that this breakdown by sex is simply not true.”

She made reference to the world’s largest research database on intimate partner violence, the Partner Abuse State of Knowledge project, which summarises more than 1700 scientific papers on the topic.

She concluded that her government’s report was based on misinformation about family violence and that, contrary to the report’s one-sided view of men as the only perpetrators, many children were experiencing a very different reality: “We must recognise the fact that domestic violence, in at least half of its occurrence, is carried out by female perpetrators.”

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Sunday
Aug142016

Please thank Minister Goward for providing services to male victims of family violence

The NSW Government has committed to providing $13 million over four years for Victims Services to pilot new responses for male victims of domestic and family violence, through expert NGO support (you can find details of the Tender process here).

This rollout is a historic Australia-first initiative and hopefully the first of many. It is the first step towards gender equity for family violence victims. It comes after 7 years of lobbying by the One in Three Campaign alongside other individuals and organisations.

The funding for these services is a new stream, and has NOT been taken out of the budget for women's services. Nevertheless we expect Minister Pru Goward to receive a great number of angry letters dismayed at her decision to support male victims.

PLEASE take 5 minutes to email Minister Goward at office@goward.minister.nsw.gov.au to thank her for providing services to male victims of family violence. Even a short one-sentence thank you email is enough.

Thanks for your support!

Sunday
Aug142016

NSW Government Tender for Local Support Services for Male DFV Victims

The NSW Government has put out a tender for statewide Local Support Services for Male DFV Victims. The closing date is 5-Sep-2016 at 11:00am. The Government has budgeted $13M over 4 years to fund these groundbreaking Australia-first services.

We are concerned that the organisations best placed to deliver these services will be existing Domestic and Family Violence services that have an extremely poor track record of supporting male victims. What male victims need are service providers who can offer them a professional, sympathetic, male-friendly response that doesn't presume they are perpetrators of violence because they are male.

If anyone is in the position to apply for this tender in their local area, please give it serious consideration.

The documents can be found at tenders.nsw.gov.au/justice/?event=public.rft.show&RFTUUID=6E58A33B-DBC7-F7B2-4DA1A6D1710A4BB2.

Friday
Aug122016

Domestic violence not just a female problem: Documents reveal more than 10,000 males across NSW affected (Daily Telegraph)

EXCLUSIVE Annabel Hennessy, The Daily Telegraph
August 12, 2016 12:00am

More than 10,000 male victims of domestic violence have been identified across NSW as the Baird government prepares to spend $13 million over four years on first-of-its kind support programs.

Documents obtained by The Daily Telegraph reveal about 1800 men need “Safety Action Meeting” representation because they are at “serious threat”.

Campbelltown, Mount Druitt and Parramatta were identified as violence hot spots, with more than 400 male victims identified in each.

Upper-echelon localities were not immune, with 263 victims in the northern beaches and 315 victims in Waverley.

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Pru Goward has backed the scheme, arguing survivors of domestic violence deserve “a strong response and support”.

“The NSW government has a zero-tolerance approach to violence against any person, irrespective of age, race, sexuality, religious persuasion or gender,” Ms Goward said.

“This investment includes new funding of $13 million over four years for NSW Victims Services to pilot new responses for male victims suffering domestic and family violence, through expert NGO (non-government organisation) support.”

Greg Andersen, senior researcher for male victims lobby group One In Three, said resources were “desperately” needed: “We’re aware that male victims of domestic violence are a large and significant minority, yet all the support services are currently for women. Domestic violence against women is awful, but men are desperately in need of support too.”

Mr Andersen said while men were sometimes abused by same-sex partners or male family members, the majority of victims had been abused by women. “There’s a lot of shame about coming forward because there is the perception men should be protectors,” he said.

Western Sydney man “Bill” said he was a victim of domestic violence from his ex-wife between 2007 and 2009 after he was left paralysed by a work accident.

“It started with verbal abuse, she called me a lazy c... and told my kids they wouldn’t get Christmas presents because I was too lazy to work,” Bill said.

“I was in a wheelchair and she refused to get me help to shower or any kind of care.”

The 48-year-old said the abuse escalated with the ex-wife sharpening kitchen knives in front of him and threatening to “stab him”.

“When I called up the Department of Community Services the woman on the phone told me she didn’t believe that I was a victim, because women didn’t abuse men,” he said.

Western Sydney man “Bill” said he was a victim of domestic violence from his ex-wife / Picture: Rohan Kelly

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