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Meeting with Right Honourable George Hawkins MP
Representatives of Separated Fathers Support Trust and Men's Centre North Shore met with the Minister for Police on Febuary 28th 2003. Pictured from left - Warren Heap (SFST), Jim Bagnall, John Brett (MCNS).
The agenda included:
- To introduce the Men's Emergency House
- To highlight the lack of social supports for men
- To determine what is Police best practice in domestic incidents
- To present the latest research on domestic violence
To request statistics on:
- Numbers of women prosecuted for domestic violence
- Sentencing for equivalent crimes of violence, compared to men?
- Prosecutions for violence in lesbian relationships?
- Prosecutions of women and men for non-sexual child abuse such as physical assaults, neglect, emotional victimization etc.
To propose a pilot scheme for the Police to direct men to men's support services in situations where a man is removed from his home or family without charges being laid.
Mr Hawkins showed interest in the Men's Emergency House, particularly since it was in his electorate. Unfortunately no sources of funding are available through the Police.
Police 'best practice' in domestic incidents was discussed. Mr Hawkins explained that the practice was to separate the protagonists, but he denied that the Police practice was to blame the man, and remove the man. This does NOT agree with the experience of men who seek help from the men's groups.
More information is required on Police practice, and on the training given to Police.
Mr Hawkins was initially against the Police referring men to the men's support groups or the Men's Emergency House, as they are not Government agencies. When it was pointed out that Police refer women to Women's refuge, he changed his mind and agreed that referral to men's groups could be appropriate.
It was agreed that meetings should be arranged with the local Police, and that a further meeting with Mr Hawkins would take place at a later date.
Notes by John Brett.
- promoting a clearer understanding of men's experience -