Glad­stone men seek DVOs

Al­most 1 in 4 do­mes­tic vi­o­lence or­ders are now go­ing to men

The Observer - - NEWS - Sherele Moody Sherele.Moody@news­re­gional­me­ — NewsRe­gional

AL­MOST a quar­ter of Glad­stone do­mes­tic vi­o­lence or­ders are go­ing to men.

Ex­clu­sive NewsRe­gional research shows men make up 24.7% of the re­gion’s res­i­dents pro­tected from fam­ily and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence by the courts.

Lo­cal courts is­sued 550 DVOs across Glad­stone, Biloela and Childers from June 1, 2015 to March 31 of last year.

Of these, 137 went to men and 413 were granted to women.

In the fol­low­ing 12 months the num­ber of DVOs rose slightly, with 136 men and 417 women from the re­gion re­ceiv­ing them.

The di­vide be­tween male and fe­male vic­tims is re­flected by Aus­tralian Bureau of Sta­tis­tics data that shows one in six women and one in 19 men are the vic­tims of in­ti­mate part­ner abuse.

The same research shows one in four women and one in seven men en­dure emo­tional abuse.

The Queens­land Gov­ern­ment pro­vides about $4.4 mil­lion a year to DVCon­nect that runs Men­sLine, but it did not re­veal how much was al­lo­cated specif­i­cally to sup­port men in DV cri­sis.

Housing is avail­able through the gov­ern­ment’s Home­less­ness Pro­gram for men and chil­dren leav­ing vi­o­lent house­holds.

Men­sLine is one of Aus­tralia’s key sup­port ser­vices for male sur­vivors of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

Man­ager Mark Wal­ters said men of­ten ex­pe­ri­enced vi­o­lence from male rel­a­tives or, in fewer cases, women.

He said women’s vi­o­lence to­wards their male part­ners or for­mer part­ners was usu­ally to drive them from the house or pro­tect them­selves and their kids.

“The men I have talked to that are gen­uinely fright­ened by the po­ten­tial of harm from their part­ners, they have no trou­ble ask­ing for help,” Mr Wal­ters said.

“I do think more males are seek­ing re­fer­rals and sup­port for the vi­o­lence they can be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing at the hands of fam­ily mem­bers – for ex­am­ple broth­ers or fa­thers – or in same-sex re­la­tion­ships.

“Cer­tainly, re­fer­rals come through from po­lice who have as­sessed the male as a vic­tim in het­ero­sex­ual re­la­tion­ships – usu­ally at the point of sep­a­ra­tion.

“Ro­bust polic­ing is catch­ing all the sep­a­ra­tion-in­sti­gated vi­o­lence along with the re­sis­tance vi­o­lence – for ex­am­ple fight­back by abused fe­males – or the ret­ri­bu­tion-type vi­o­lence where the fe­male looks to even the score af­ter be­ing abused.”

Mr Wal­ters said there were not enough re­sources avail­able for male sur­vivors.

“Mostly, like women try­ing to es­tab­lish a safer place for their chil­dren, men are seek­ing sta­ble ac­com­mo­da­tion and a place to get some rou­tine back into the kids’ lives,” he said.

Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Min­is­ter Shan­non Fen­ti­man said male sur­vivors in Queens­land could ac­cess cri­sis ac­com­mo­da­tion, case man­age­ment, prac­ti­cal and emo­tional sup­port, in­for­ma­tion and re­fer­ral to other ser­vices and court sup­port.

“I ab­so­lutely ac­knowl­edge that men are vic­tims of do­mes­tic and fam­ily vi­o­lence,” Ms Fen­ti­man said.

“Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence is never ac­cept­able.”

Women’s Le­gal Ser­vice Queens­land prin­ci­pal so­lic­i­tor Rachel Neil warned some per­pe­tra­tors were us­ing the DVO sys­tem against their vic­tims.

“We are see­ing a rise in cross ap­pli­ca­tions and some of those ap­pli­ca­tions are in re­tal­i­a­tion to the other per­son hav­ing a DVO on the abuser,” Ms Neil said. * For sup­port phone Men­sLine on 1800 600 636, DVCon­nect on 1800 811 811 or the na­tional hot­line 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732.


MEN CRY TOO: Male do­mes­tic vi­o­lence sur­vivors can ac­cess cri­sis ac­com­mo­da­tion, case man­age­ment, prac­ti­cal and emo­tional sup­port, in­for­ma­tion and re­fer­ral to other ser­vices and court sup­port.

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