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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Sunday
Nov052017

New NSW data on domestic violence and suicide released

The NSW Domestic Violence Death Review Team has published the first stage findings of their review of all completed suicides in NSW in the 6-month period July to December 2013 with a view to reporting preliminary prevalence and demographic data, histories of police reported domestic violence and suicides where domestic violence perpetration or victimisation or separation was identifiable as a triggering or proximal event.

The image above shows the number of males and females who committed suicide during this period who were identified by Police as having been victims (or victim/perpetrators) of domestic and/or family violence.

Thursday
Nov022017

Gender bias in Australian Institute of Family Studies Experiences of Separated Parents Study

In October 2015, the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) published their Experiences of Separated Parents Study. The study found that separated fathers experienced high levels of family violence and abuse from their (ex-)partners before, during and after separation - in some areas at greater levels than did mothers (see summary here).

The AIFS had ample space in their publication to report that "mothers were more likely than fathers to report feelings of coercion and control before/during separation" when there was a single percentage point of difference between them, which wasn’t statistically significant. Their Deputy Director (Research) has advised that due to "constraints of space", the report conveniently omitted the fact that, post-separation, fathers reported experiencing severe levels of coercion and control at substantially higher (statistically significant) rates than mothers (23% of fathers and 15% of mothers rating their feelings of being controlled at these levels, and 19% of fathers and 14% of mothers rating their feelings of being coerced at these levels).

One in Three is extremely disappointed that a publicly-funded government body such as the AIFS appears to have demonstrated such egregious gender bias in one of their publications.

Tuesday
Oct242017

One in Three Campaign supplementary submission to Federal Parliamentary Inquiry published

One in Three appeared on the 5th of September 2017 before the Canberra Hearing of the Federal Inquiry into a better family law system to support and protect those affected by family violence.

On 6th October 2017, we lodged a supplementary submission and answers to questions on notice, which includes in-depth case studies of two male victims of family violence, along with addidional data that dispels some of the dangerous myths about male victims.

The Inquiry has now published our supplementary submission on its website.

You can also download a copy of the supplementary submission from here (our original submission can be found here, and the transcript of our appearance at the Canberra Hearing can be found here).

You will notice that sections of the case studies have been redacted by the Inquiry for reasons of anonymity.

 

Wednesday
Sep062017

CPS makes commitment to male victims of sexual and domestic abuse (UK)

The Crown Prosecution Service has published its first ever public statement recognising the needs and experiences of male victims of offences including rape, domestic abuse, harassment, stalking and child sexual abuse.

Many male victims of these crimes never come forward to report them to the police. This can be for a variety of reasons, including fear that their masculinity may appear to be diminished if they report domestic abuse or that homophobic assumptions will be made around their sexuality if they are raped by a man.

The CPS has always been committed to securing justice for all victims, both male and female, and applies policies fairly and equally. It has worked with groups which represent the interests of male victims to explore the issues they face in relation to these offences.

The new CPS public statement sets out:

Plans to give prosecutors more information, to help them better understand the experiences of male victims and the barriers to them reporting offences;

A commitment to work with third sector organisations and campaign groups to challenge gender stereotypes and improve reporting;

Proposals to involve more national men's groups, as well as groups working with boys and girls, in the scrutiny of CPS policies.

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, said: "The way society views masculinity can make it very difficult for men and boys who are the victims of sexual and domestic offences to come forward.

"This 'public statement' formalises the CPS commitment to male victims and recognises that stereotypes of masculinity and femininity can, and do, feed sexist and homophobic assumptions. These can deter male victims from reporting abuse and pursuing a prosecution.

"The statement addresses this challenge and I hope it will create an environment that gives male victims increased confidence to come forward and get the justice they deserve."

The statement forms part of the CPS revised Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Strategy 2017-2020 which outlines the CPS's approach to all VAWG Crimes.

The CPS, in line with the United Nations conventions, ratified by the Government, recognises these crimes have a disproportionate number of female victims, hence the continued use of the term "VAWG". However, the CPS also recognises the experience of male victims and the distressing impact on them.

ManKind Initiative

"The public statement and the commitments it makes are landmark moments for male victims of crimes such as domestic abuse, stalking and forced marriage. We are very pleased with the CPS for sending a clear and inclusive message to both the criminal justice system, and to society as a whole, about the need to ensure male victims are recognised. I am certain this statement will encourage more men to come forward with the full confidence of the positive support and acknowledgement they will receive when they do so."

Survivors Manchester

"We very much welcome this ground-breaking public statement on male victims of crimes currently included in the VAWG strategy, to ensure that the voices of male victims and survivors of sexual rape and abuse are heard. We look forward to continuing our work with the CPS to progress our collective understanding further across agencies. I am confident this will make a real difference in the lives of boys and men".

Ends

Notes to Editors 

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  2. For media enquiries call the CPS Press Office on 020 3357 0906. Out of Hours - 07590 617233

 

Tuesday
Jul182017

The 'gendered violence' narrative: rhetoric, errors, cherry-picked statistics and circular references

Abstract

This paper examines bias in an online article published by the Australian ABC’s triple j HACK, as a case study of the way the ‘gendered violence’ narrative is largely built upon unsupported opinions, errors, cherry-picked statistics, circular references and ignoring of robust data.

The triple j HACK article in question reported there is only anecdotal evidence to back up the claim that men are either too ashamed, too stoic, or too chivalrous to report being hit by their female partner. This was subsequently amended to instead report there is mixed evidence to back up this claim, with some studies showing men are more likely to report violence, and others showing they're less likely.

The data cited in support of the amended report were found in an unpublished, unreferenced, non-peer-reviewed seminar presentation by Dr Michael Flood. Dr Flood’s presentation cited two overseas studies up to 44 years old with small or biased samples; an Australian study co-authored by himself that cited no data to support his opinion; an Irish study that actually showed the opposite of his claims; and an Australian crime victimisation survey where the majority of perpetrators were male, making its data irrelevant.

triple j HACK ignored or was ignorant of four large-scale representative community surveys from across the Western world, providing conclusive evidence that men are less likely than women to report domestic violence against them to the police.

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