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.

Please send any relevant news articles to us by clicking here and we will post them on this page.

Monday
Jan082018

1IN3 releases new infographic with latest ABS and AIC data

The team at the One in Three Campaign have been hard at work preparing an analysis of the latest data on male victims of family violence ever since the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released their 2016 Personal Safety Survey data in November 2017.

The results have just been published in the form of a new infographic available at oneinthree.com.au/infographic. The infographic also includes the latest 2012-14 data from the Australian Institute of Criminology's (AIC) National Homicide Monitoring Program.

All the data in the infographic has been checked with senior staff at the ABS and AIC.

Highlights from the latest data include: 

  • 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. 
  • 75 males were killed in domestic homicide incidents between 2012-2014, an average of one every ten days.

 

Monday
Nov202017

Freelance photographer seeks male victims of family violence for project (NSW)

We have been contacted by Michael Rayment, a freelance photographer, who writes:

I am passionate about men's issues and rights, in particular issues surrounding men who have been victims of family violence. I am undertaking a personal project called Silenced photographing and interviewing male victims of family violence to raise awareness of this issue. This would consist of text from the interview and faceless portraits for those that wish to remain anonymous. That is, images that do not identify the person such as hand shots, silhouettes or blurred background shots as an example. Images taken will appear on social media, websites, entered into international awards and exhibitions. Each participant will be required to sign a release form. There is no payment for this as the intention is to be used for community education in which I receive no payment.
I am seeking 10 men to participate in interviews and a photo session which generally takes about 1 hour. I am based in the Hunter Valley but happy to travel to the Central Coast and Sydney. If you are interested in participating, please contact me at michael@michaelrayment.com.au.

You can check out Michael's work at www.michaelrayment.com.au.

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.

* UPDATE 13/11/17 *

It has come to our attention that an inadvertent error was made when compiling the table on page 10 of our supplementary submission, both in the figure for female current partners and the footnote referencing the source data.

The correct figure is 117,400 and was taken from the additional material from the Personal Safety Survey 2012 provided by the ABS for ANROWS’ "Violence against women in Australia: Additional analysis of the Australian Bureau of Statistics' Personal Safety Survey, 2012”.

The comparative figures from the most recent 2016 ABS Personal Safety Survey, released just last week by the ABS, are as follows:

Female previous partner 372,800
Father 258,000
Female current partner 164,900
Girlfriend or female date 151,700
Other relative or in-law (male) 145,600