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