As long as violence against men is condoned -
we cannot hope for a society free of domestic violence.


Violence against Men. The proportion of men who experience violence committed against them is far greater than the proportion of women. Particularly men between the ages of 18 and 24 (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2012).

Reporting. Men are less likely to seek assistance or support following an assault in a gynocentric system (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2012) and are, therefore, more likely to be underrepresented in statistical analysis and research reports.

Domestic Violence Against Men. Men experience significant and unacceptable amounts of physical, sexual and emotional partner violence (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2012).

Research. No research into domestic violence makes appropriate statistical adjustments for the known under-reporting of domestic violence against men. Current research into domestic violence does not stand up to scientific rigor. In addition, the research results that are available are often misunderstood and false data provided by media, health agencies, community services, academics, politicians, and advocates for women's rights.

Support. There is literally no support for male victims of domestic violence. When men attempt to report or seek assistance they are confronted with antagonism, belittling, and dismissive aptitudes and responses from police, courts, and community services.

Culture. Our society condones and even supports violence against men. When violence against men is reported it is seen as humorous and/or of no real concern.

Paradigm Shift. As long as these conditions and inequalities exist we cannot reasonably hope to be able to deal with domestic violence or even reduce its prevalence. A lot has been done in recent years in an attempt to deal with domestic violence against women, yet domestic violence continues to rise. Doing more of what is not working is unlikely to give society the results it desires and will not protect victims of domestic violence. We, therefore, require a paradigm shift in our approach and aptitude to domestic violence. Current campaigns are doing no more than preaching to the converted and contribute to a polarization of male and female victims.