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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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

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".

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Notes to Editors 

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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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Tuesday
Jun272017

TV program wants to talk with men who have experienced domestic violence

** Update: Due to an overwhleming number of responses, SBS have told us they have enough male victims to talk to for the time being. Thank you to eveyone who responded! **

We have been contacted by Roje Augustin, one of the Producers with the SBS TV program Insight

She is in the initial research phase of looking into the issue of domestic violence against men with the view to possibly running a show on the topic at a future date. What she’d love at this stage is to talk to some men about their experiences and personal stories.

Anyone interested can contact Roje directly at 02 9430 3178 or by email at roje.augustin@sbs.com.au.

Here is a link to the Insight website to give an idea of the show’s format, which is basically a weekly panel talk show that focuses on personal stories on a given topic.

Thanks so much for your help!

Saturday
Jun242017

Finally, our policy-makers are waking up to the plight of male domestic abuse victims | Mark Brooks (UK)

 

This week, the Queen announced that the Government are going ahead with a new Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill.

The aim, broadly speaking, is to bring all the disparate pieces of domestic abuse legislation, policies and guidance together. There will be a new legal definition, more emphasis on the effects on children and a more focused justice system.

It's a sensible, commendable move. The Bill presents an opportunity to support all victims of domestic violence - women, men, and any children they may have in their household.

What was particularly encouraging was to hear the beginning of a shift in the Government's narrative on domestic abuse, from one that has focused overwhelmingly on female victims in heterosexual relationships, to a more inclusive, equality-based narrative that gives equal importance and concern to victims regardless of their gender.

It may not seem much to the naked eye, but the inclusion of the following line in the Government's briefing document indicates a move from a gender exclusive approach to a gender inclusive approach. It is the first time I have seen this in such a high-profile way from the Government:

"The 2015/16 Crime Survey for England and Wales indicates 7.7% of women and 4.4% of men reported having experienced any type of domestic abuse in the last year. This is the lowest level since the survey began." (page 37)

In effect, one in every three victims is male. So this sea change is welcome and will continue the grassroots movement in services for male victims, which is starting to establish itself in the UK. Many existing female-only services are now opening their doors to male victims - offering different types of support - an approach we believe is vital. A one size fits all blancmange of services will not work for men or women.

It is always worth noting though that this is not always supported. There were some delegates at a conference I spoke at in Salford this week who told me they had recently met local opposition from the "sector" about setting up services for men.

It shows there is still much to do and any new law, like any legislation, is only as good as its application. So we need to make sure that the new measures are applied on the ground to men as they rightly are to women. This requires a further culture change, which is why the role of the Domestic Violence and Abuse Commissioner, also announced in the Queen's Speech, is so pivotal.

The Commissioner is a big leap forward in providing focus, culture change and consistency across Government but also in all statutory services. Whilst the police, justice sector and local government are improving, it is recognised that the health service remains a problem area. From our experience, the health service is less attuned both to recognising and supporting male victims and to recognising male vulnerability more widely. 

The new role does come with risk though for male victims and providers, depending on the views of the post holder. It would be a real concern if the Commissioner held an ideological view about domestic abuse, held by many, which is broadly that domestic abuse is a gendered crime based on patterns of global discrimination and oppression that female victims face. Therefore, so the theory goes, women must be the priority.

A Commissioner that held this view of domestic abuse would turn the clock back to the dark ages, when there was little or no support or recognition for men in heterosexual or same-sex relationships, or for women in same-sex relationships. This cannot be allowed to happen

However, a Commissioner holding a progressive inclusive multi-dimensional view would be a real opportunity. This view is one that recognises domestic abuse primarily as a crime against individuals and the only priority should be supporting those people based on their particular risk, not their gender.

The latter is the view the ManKind Initiative and a growing number of academics, professionals and service providers share. The Commissioner would be swimming with the tide rather than against it.

To make sure the Government's plans in this field are a real success, it is vital they make the right appointment. We are confident they will do so.

Mark Brooks is the chairman of the ManKind Initiative charity