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NCFM Canadian Liaison Earl Silverman interviewed by the Calgary Beacon about abuse by women and lack of resources for abused men

December 20, 2011
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Earl Silverman, seen here with former Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach, says he suffered physical abuse during marriage.

Earl Silverman, seen here with former Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach, says he suffered physical abuse during marriage.

Men’s abuse advocate takes lack of Alberta resources for victims to Human Rights Commission

Earl Silverman says abuse by women deserves greater recognition

By Christopher Walsh, editor

The province has ignored male victims of domestic violence and does not provide adequate resources for men looking to escape violent domestic situations, says a men’s rights advocate who’s heading to court to fight the issue.

 Earl Silverman, who first launched a complaint against the province with the Human Rights Commission back in 2006, will appear before a judge at a judicial review Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Calgary Court of Queen’s Bench to hear if his complaint will come before the commission.

“All I know is there are male victims of domestic violence,” said Silverman. “There are not the same support services available to men as there are for women.

“We have explored the needs of women for such a long time, at the expense of ignoring men. At what point do we say we can put that on hold and start looking at men now?”

Silverman himself is a male victim of female perpetrated domestic violence, finally forced to leave his wife 20 years ago to get away from the abuse. Since that time, Silverman has started a helpline for men because there were no similar resources at the time and a few years ago, he opened the Men’s Alternative Safe House or MASH, to give men a shelter to escape violent domestic situations. Neither operation has been recognized by the provincial government to date.

The issue of male victims of domestic violence is still one of those dirty, little secrets amongst polite society, Silverman says.

“Men are not really provided with an option of asking for help,” he said. “Number one, men are not victims. Victim is sort of reserved for women. I want men to be recognized …[The groups involved] don’t want to admit there’s a problem.

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5 Responses to NCFM Canadian Liaison Earl Silverman interviewed by the Calgary Beacon about abuse by women and lack of resources for abused men

  1. [...] his credit, Poynter interviewed NCFM Canadian Liaison Earl Silverman who struggles to operate the only shelter for abused men in Canada, which in and of itself should [...]

  2. Marc on December 22, 2011 at 11:11 PM

    Nice work, Earl!

  3. Masculist Man on December 21, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    You can do more than wish him luck you can vote for him:
    http://mensrightsboard.blogspot.com/2011/12/vote-

    • Ivan on December 24, 2011 at 8:00 AM

      Vote on What ?? I went on that Blog . It was cofusing .

  4. Ivan on December 21, 2011 at 8:02 AM

    Good Man !! I wish him Luck !

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