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Mind the Gap: a report on the male victims of family violence

Wednesday, September 28, 2016   Posted in: Resources and Information By: Administrator With tags: Report, violence, men, families

Message from Donald Pettitt from the Canterbury Men's Centre: 22nd September 2016

The Canterbury Men’s Centre has just completed the "Mind the Gap: What those in the field say about male victims of family violence" report based on our initial project funded by the Department of Internal Affairs Community Internship Programme.

Thanks so much to all those health, community, domestic violence workers as well as the police that made submissions. I think it makes for a very accessible and informative read. I tried to stay out of the way and let those participants speak for themselves and found what they said to be eye opening.

Male victims of family violence has become a very personal issue for us at the CMC. We’ve seen enough men come in needing care, with abuse/violence by family whānau being the root cause of their issues to build some knowledge of the patterns of victimization of men.

We believe that it is time those men (and their associated family/children/whānau) receive care. Hopefully this report adds to the likelihood of this happening.

Download or read "Mind the Gap: What those in the field say about male victims of family violence" [PDF].

Here's some juicy quotes to get you started.

"A lot of people don’t realise that this abuse can be caused by extreme anxiety. People do it because they are so fearful that they control that person. If women are facing these issues it is a risk factor for abuse. People don’t look for it."  - Youth Worker.
"I think women are becoming more aggressive and assaultive.  Women know how to push the psychological buttons of males to push them to and beyond their limits to make them snap. Males can also do this but there are certainly more and more aggressive behaviour by females not just in domestic related matters." - Police Officer.
"Men have reported that they’ve gone to the police with a perfectly legitimate issue around being assaulted or being the receiver of the violence and yet they are the ones who seem to be put on trial… And that story gets around and so men don’t come forward." - Domestic Violence Worker.
"I’ve never actually had a male come to me and say they’re the victim of domestic violence. However I have a lot of young women that say they are physically abusing their partners. So obviously it’s happening a lot more than people would realize but obviously men don’t feel like seeking help." - Youth Worker.

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