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What about male victims of domestic violence?

April 4, 2012
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What about male victims of domestic violence? White Ribbon, men and violence: A response to Dr Michael Flood by Men’s Health Australia

The White Ribbon Foundation is an organisation that works to prevent male violence towards women – a goal that is extremely worthy and worth supporting. The White Ribbon website states that “all forms of violence are unacceptable,” however in 2009 the organisation issued a document to it’s male Ambassadors which used erroneous ‘facts and statistics’ to downplay, diminish and report incorrectly about male victims of violence. These Ambassadors use federal government funding to take the White Ribbon message into regional, rural and remote communities. These significant errors could have led the Ambassadors, and through them the general public via federal funding, to be misled about the nature and dynamics of interpersonal violence in Australia.

Some of the dangerous myths about violence circulated in the document include claims that men are less likely than women to experience violence within family and other relationships; that we don’t yet know the impact of violence on men’s overall health; and that there is no evidence that male victims are less likely to report domestic violence than are female victims.

Men’s Health Australia – Australia’s primary source of information about the social and psychological wellbeing of men and boys – contacted White Ribbon with its concerns about this document. Men’s Health believes that violence prevention is not a competition: that governments and NGOs can work to prevent violence against women and violence against men. We believe it isn’t necessary for White Ribbon to downplay, diminish or report incorrectly about male victims of violence in order to highlight the tragedy of female victims of violence. The horrific statistics about violence against women speak for themselves.

Men’s Health Australia are fully supportive of all attempts to reduce violence against women. However we believe it is essential that a high-profile organisation such as the White Ribbon Foundation provides its Ambassadors and the general public with an accurate picture of violence in Australian society, especially when in receipt of federal government funding. It is only when we start with an accurate picture of violence that we can take the necessary steps to reduce its incidence and impact. If we start with an inaccurate picture, our violence-prevention strategies are bound to be less effective, and could potentially cause harm – especially to children.

Click here to read the rest of the expose about the White Ribbon Foundation and the gender myths the Foundation perpetuate

Many thanks to the NCFM members in Australia and elsewhere who helped work on this expose.

For more about discrimination against men see http://ncfm.org/category/issues/

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5 Responses to What about male victims of domestic violence?

  1. Caesar Squitti on April 14, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    The best strategy is a positive one, instead of stopping something negative, like violence or abuse, promote respect,

    No one is perfect, there is illness involved in these acts of abuse, as some people are sick, however the current models are creating more problems…

  2. Caesar Squitti on April 14, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    The media was contacted back in 1989 and told of these 'dark-truths' and how they were being used to attack the family, by dividing it.

    In particular half-truths like,

    Stop violence against women.
    Men who abuse, women and children victims.

    So take this as a sign that your agencies have been corrupted.

  3. Caesar Squitti on April 14, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    Caution: Warning

    Immorals of all types are now attacking Christians and Muslims, both their enemies, by trying again to polarize the issue against MUSLIMS.

    As Mr. Grasely once said, 'the enemy of your enemy is your friend'…and cult-feminists, those in the media are manipulating truths to paint all MUSLIMS AS EVIL, when in fact there is good and evil in all groups>

    They, and the devil are using the same dark logic that cult-feminists used to attack all men.

  4. Caesar Squitti on April 14, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    The cause of this may be found in the statements made by Judy Rebick, "lesbians have been at the heart of the feminist movement, even though they did not pursue their interests…"

    Makes sense, no mention of fathers, husbands, wives, mothers, merely women. Not all women are wives, or mothers. There is also no logical reflecdtions of men who share their incomes with women and their children; why

  5. Caesar Squitti on April 14, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    We are dealing here with half-truths, true parts of the truth, not the whole truth, used to polarize the sexes, and destroy the family.

    Half-truths of this type are relatively new,discovered in 1989, you see the current definition of half-truths has not identified them, until recently some have been corrected. In the book, THE JESUS CHRIST CODE, there are now some 30 new types of half-truths.

    Recently in Thunder Bay we saw another destructive half-truth, 'men and boys looking to stop violence against women and girls" That is polarization using half-truths.

    IN FACT THE REAL ISSUE IS NOT VIOLENCE, IT IS ABUSE. The real issue is abuse, because not all violence is in fact abuse, some is self-defense.

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