NSW Police acknowledge male victims of intimate partner violence
NSW Police today took the rare and long-overdue step of acknowledging male victims of intimate partner violence and their children with this post on their Facebook Page which is quickly going viral, with many supportive comments underneath it.
While 1 in 5 victims of intimate partner assaults attended by NSW Police are male, 1 in 3 victims of all domestic assaults attended by NSW Police are male. Let’s not forget the male victims who are assaulted by other family members – sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, extended members of the family.
We have heard hundreds of stories of male victims and their children being treated poorly by NSW Police over the past 5 years, so lets hope this post isn’t just a PR exercise and that there is genuine cultural change on the ground.
THE ONE IN THREE CAMPAIGN
One in Three is a diverse group of male and female professionals – academics, researchers, social workers, psychologists, counsellors and trainers. The Campaign aims to raise public awareness of the existence and needs of male victims of family violence and abuse; to work with government and non-government services alike to provide assistance to male victims; and to reduce the incidence and impacts of family violence on Australian men, women and children.
Please note that Ministry of Men’s Affairs (MoMA) is carrying out a similar campaign in NZ, though it hasn’t yet received widespread support from either men or relevant professionals. Lets hope that as better knowledge about these issues permeates into the NZ public awareness, more support will develop. Perhaps the damage to men’s self image has made it difficult for men to stand up to protect the relationship between their children and themself.
It is critically needed, as the marginalisation of men as parents [in familycaught$] is NZ’s most destructive problem for the welfare of children.