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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Monday
Apr302018

Response to The Conversation Fact Check from 1IN3

The website The Conversation recently published an article titled, "FactCheck: is domestic violence the leading preventable cause of death and illness for women aged 18 to 44?".

Overall the article is a decent explanation of the difference between burden of disease and risk factors. We hope it will serve to prevent false and misleading claims such as Tanya Plibersek’s statement that “Domestic violence claims more Australian women under 45 than any other health risk, including cancer.

Unfortunately however the team at The Conversation appear to have gone out of their way to try and make it look like a statistic published on One in Three’s website was (at least partially) inaccurate or incomplete, going so far as to take the claim out of context. It is also possible they may not have followed their own Fact Check process.

The Conversation's article also unfortunately contained two errors of fact, one of which has thankfully been corrected.

Lastly, while the article’s finding that, “although intimate partner violence is not a leading cause of death, injury and illness among Australian women aged 18-44, it does appear to be a leading contributor” is technically correct, it is still incomplete and misleading. It is an advocacy statistic designed to amplify the risk intimate partner violence poses to the health and wellbeing of women, and is regularly misquoted by media and government alike (hence the need for the "Fact Check").

An equally correct and less misleading way of presenting the same data would be to say:

Intimate partner violence (physical and sexual violence plus emotional abuse) is not a leading cause of death, injury and illness among Australian women aged 18-44. As one of several known risk factors, it contributes 5.1% toward the burden of disease in Australian women aged 18-44. The vast majority of this burden of disease is anxiety and depression - death and injury contribute very little. Among all Australian women, intimate partner violence contributes an estimated 2.2% to the burden of disease. The leading cause of death for Australian women 15-44 years (2016) was intentional self-harm, with 368 deaths per annum, while there were 50 intimate partner homicides of women of all ages per year in 2012-14. The leading cause of injury for all Australian women was falls (51%), with assaults (of which intimate partner assault is a sub-category) making up 3.2%.

While well-intentioned, efforts to reduce family violence against women that use incomplete, incorrect or misleading statistics unfairly stigmatise men and boys as violent and abusive, while simultaneously denying or downplaying the existence of male victims of violence.

All victims of violence and abuse, whether male or female, deserve policies based upon up-to-date accurate data. Flawed data can only lead to flawed policies and actions, and many children continue to be exposed to violence because of these misinterpretations.

The One in Three Campaign is fully supportive of all genuine programs designed to protect women and children from violence. We are simply seeking similar protection for men and boys and asking that the vast majority who are not violent are no longer tarred with the brush of "violent males." You can read more at oneinthree.com.au/misinformation.

For purposes of transparency, the following is a complete email transcript of One in Three’s correspondence with The Conversation, followed by a video clip outlining The Conversation’s Fact Check methodology. Readers can decide for themselves whether The Conversation followed its own methodology when dealing with One in Three.

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Friday
Apr272018

Domestic violence doesn’t just happen to women (The Conversation)

When 22-year-old university graduate Jordan Worth was sentenced recently to seven and a half years in jail for abusive behaviour towards her boyfriend Alex Skeel, it was the first time a female perpetrator had been convicted of controlling and coercive behaviour in the UK.

Alex Skeel decided to waive his right to anonymity and go public to bring awareness to the fact that men can also be victims of coercive control and domestic abuse. He also expressed his belief that victims need to speak out in order to recover. Other men have also tried to do this, including one who has shared his experience and supportive resources on a self-help website.

It can be particularly hard for men to admit that they have been the victims of abuse. Some male clients we’ve worked with have been taunted and mocked by acquaintances for “not standing up” to their perpetrators – and they can face disbelief when they tell their stories. One comment on a newspaper report about Skeel was: “Oh please, was the door padlocked and bars on the windows.”

True scale of the problem

Research shows that domestic abuse has occurred throughout history and cuts across socioeconomic status, education, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, and any other category.

The perpetrator in this case was reported to have a university degree, came from a loving and supportive family, and had done charity work. She was also described as being “petite” – so perhaps not seen as someone capable of overpowering a man.

Much has been written about the role of patriarchy in contributing to domestic violence, when men attack women. And social inequalities are a very important factor to consider, especially given that the majority of victims of domestic abuse are women. But to overemphasise this point minimises the scale of the problem.

The most recent Crime Survey for England and Wales estimates that 26% of women and 15% of men age 16 to 59 have experienced some form of domestic abuse since the age of 16. If this were a disease, there would be a public outcry for something to be done to address this epidemic.

Smashing stereotypes

The Worth Skeel case cuts through many of the stereotypes surrounding domestic abuse – namely that it’s a crime involving male on female violence. It also brings to light the fact that coercive control and violence can happen in teenage relationships, and can involve people who are well educated and apparently progressing well with their careers and lives.

The couple began their relationship when they were only 16 years old and it lasted for six years. They looked happy in their pictures, completely belying the life-threatening nature of their relationship. Skeel was described as being “days away from death” when he was rescued.

The case also demonstrates how psychological abuse can be an early warning sign of physical violence. There were many years of psychological coercion and control preceding the violence – as soul destroying behaviours set the stage for life-threatening behaviours.

Know the signs

Skeel had been hospitalised for his injuries on multiple occasions, but it was the action of his neighbour which probably saved his life. The neighbour called the police during an abusive incident – he heard shouting as Skeel was being burned. This shows that we cannot just rely on medical staff to help people who are being harmed – the role of a watchful community cannot be overestimated.

To help reduce the incidence of coercive control and domestic violence, we must open our eyes to the scale of this phenomenon. Media reports which dehumanise perpetrators – as though they are monsters different from everyone else or evil people – also do not help.

What all this shows is that there is a compelling need for more education in schools and colleges to help people understand the dynamics of coercive control – and to be able to recognise the signs. Particularly, given that it is often the precursor for physical abuse.

Authors: Linda Dubrow-Marshall, Programme leader and psychology lecturer, University of Salford and Rod Dubrow-Marshall, Psychologist and Programme Leader, University of Salford, University of Salford.

https://theconversation.com/domestic-violence-doesnt-just-happen-to-women-95246

Thursday
Feb082018

1IN3 responds to latest attack upon male victims by Daily Life

 

On January 25th, Fairfax blog Daily Life published an article by Jane Gilmore titled "Fact or fiction: Every third victim of intimate partner violence is a male". The article was the latest in a series of attacks upon male victims of domestic violence by the publication.

The article contains two serious errors.

Firstly Gilmore claimed that “women's reports of partner violence increased from 1.9 to 3.2 [between 2005 and 2016]”. Actually, the 2016 ABS PSS found that women’s reports of partner violence increased from 1.5% to 1.7% (Table 2.1) - a 13% increase that the ABS says is not statistically significant.

Secondly, the author claims that “women are four times more likely to experience partner violence than men”. The 2016 PSS found that 211,700 women and 113,900 men (Table 1.1) experienced violence by an intimate partner in the last 12 months. That’s not even twice as many - nowhere near four times.

Our Watch (who should have immediately picked up these obvious errors) re-published Gilmore’s article on their Facebook page with the note “Journalist Jane Gilmore discusses the data surrounding male victims of domestic violence and the importance of reporting the facts.”

Here are the facts. Over the past decade, partner violence against women has remained relatively stable. By contrast, partner violence against men has doubled (and current partner violence has increased five-fold).

The One in Three Campaign has written an in-depth analysis of the claims made in Gilmore's article. It is available here.

Tuesday
Jan162018

1IN3 media release: domestic violence – the facts our media won’t tell you

Women being sexually harassed in record numbers. Sexual violence against women on the rise. These were the headlines late last year when the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed the latest Personal Safety Survey. The media stories were all about women as victims of dangerous men.

Yet they left out the real news – a dramatic increase in men being attacked and abused by their partners. Since 2005 the proportion of men reporting violence in the last year from their current partners has risen more than five-fold while the proportion experiencing emotional abuse has more than doubled.

 “We don’t know whether more men are being abused by their partners or whether men are finally willing to admit to being victims of violence instead of being shamed into silence,” says Greg Millan from Men’s Health Services who runs Australia’s only training course for working with male victims of family violence.

In either case, the true extent of women’s violence against their partners is now emerging. The biggest leap in sexual harassment involves men being harassed by women. The survey shows growing numbers reporting their partners are depriving them of basic needs such as food and shelter and contact with their children.

Every third victim of intimate partner violence is a male. Almost half the people being emotionally abused by their partners are male. These latest statistics show domestic violence is not just about violent men – increasingly males are victims of abuse from their partners. So how come our media chooses not to report the whole story?

Here is the other side of that story, the facts the media won’t tell you about the 2016 Personal Safety Survey results (more details in attached infographic, also at 1in3.com.au/infographic):

  • The proportion of men experiencing current partner violence in the last 12 months between the 2005 and 2016 ABS Personal Safety Surveys rose more than five-fold (a 552% increase), while the proportion of men experiencing emotional abuse from a current partner in the last 12 months more than doubled (a 223% increase).
  • During the last 12 months, more than one in three people who experienced violence from an intimate partner were male (35%) and almost half the people who experienced emotional abuse by a partner were male (46%).
  • 14% of men who experienced emotional abuse by a current partner were deprived of basic needs such as food, shelter or sleep, compared to 6% of women.
  • 9% of men reporting emotional abuse by a current partner experienced threats to take their child/ren away from them, compared to 5% of women.
  • 39% of men who reported emotional abuse by a previous partner had that partner lie to their child/ren with the intent of turning them against them, compared to 25% of women.
  • More than 1 in 3 persons who experienced sexual harassment were male (34%) – usually involving a female perpetrator (72%).
  • The biggest increase in sexual harassment between 2012 and 2016 was males harassed by a female, which rose by a massive 68% (females harassed by a male rose by 15%).
  • Almost 1 in 3 persons who experienced sexual assault were male (28%), with females the most likely perpetrators of sexual violence against men (83%).
  • Male victims of domestic violence were far more likely than women to have never sought advice or support, less likely to have contacted police, and far less likely to have had a restraining order issued against the perpetrator.

The latest homicide figures from the Australian Institute of Criminology paint a similar picture, with 75 males killed in domestic homicide incidents between 2012-2014, an average of one every ten days.

“With these official statistics revealing this complex picture of both men and women as victims and perpetrators of domestic and sexual violence, surely it is time for governments to stop pretending the cause of domestic violence is the lack of respect for women,” said Millan.

The One in Three Campaign is calling on the Federal Government to include male victims of violence in the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, and to heed the findings of the recent state and federal inquiries and royal commissions recommending more services and support for male victims of family violence.

MEDIA CONTACTS

Greg Andresen, Senior Researcher, One in Three Campaign, 0403 813 925 or info@oneinthree.com.au. See Greg Andresen discussing this news with Bettina Arndt on her latest YouTube video.

Greg Millan, Director, Men’s Health Services, 0417 772 390 or greg@menshealthservices.com.au.

Download media release as PDF.

Tuesday
Jan092018

Real News on Domestic Violence [Bettina Arndt YouTube interview with 1IN3]

youtube.com/watch?v=8hvB_45zKXA

Bettina Arndt talks to Greg Andresen from the One in Three Campaign about the latest Australian domestic violence statistics showing the increasing numbers of male victims.

The One in Three campaign aims to raise public awareness of the existence and needs of male victims of family violence and abuse, and to reduce the incidence and impacts of family violence on Australian men, women and children. One in Three is a diverse group of male and female professionals – academics, researchers, social workers, psychologists, counsellors, lawyers, health promotion workers, trainers and survivor/advocates – who work as volunteers for the organisation which receives no government or corporate funding.

http://www.oneinthree.com.au/
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Website: http://www.bettinaarndt.com.au/
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Support: https://www.patreon.com/BettinaArndt

References:

Bettina Arndt – Silent Victims
http://www.bettinaarndt.com.au/wp-con...

Bettina Arndt – Always Beating Up on Men
http://www.bettinaarndt.com.au/wp-con...

UK Helpline's 'discriminatory' policy against males changed
https://www.pressreader.com/uk/wester...

NSW's first men‘s telephone counselling and referral Service to reduce domestic violence
https://www.women.nsw.gov.au/news/201...

Independent Man's videos on the Domestic Violence statistics
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45zXQ...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8YRu...

One in Three Take Action letter
http://www.oneinthree.com.au/action/

Credits:

Production and editing – Scott Korman https://www.facebook.com/talkhub/
Additional research - Irene Komen https://www.facebook.com/irene.smith....