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Friday
Apr172015

The Guardian Australia corrects domestic violence article

In an article titled "Quentin Bryce urges focus on gender inequality to tackle domestic violence", published on April 6th, Guardian journalist Melissa Davey claimed that "Two women are killed through domestic violence in Australia every week, and it is also the leading preventable cause of injury and death in women under 45, according to VicHealth".

Men's Health Australia wrote to the Guardian explaining the following:

  • The latest data from the Australian Institute of Criminology found that, during the period 2010 to 2012, 121 females were killed by an offender with whom they shared a domestic relationship (1.2 per week). This rate would have to almost double to reach the two per week claim made by Davey.
  • The VicHealth data is also seriously misrepresented. They found that intimate partner violence is the biggest contributor to ill health and premature death in women aged 15–44. 82% of this burden of disease was from poor mental health (depression and anxiety) and substance abuse, while just 2.3% was from homicide and 0.7% from physical injury. The leading cause of death for Australian women 15-44 years is malignant neoplasms, and the leading cause of injury is "other unintentional injuries".

Congratulations are due to the Guardian, who have now corrected the article in question.

The article now reads as follows:

"On average at least one woman is killed as a result of domestic violence in Australia every week, and it is the biggest contributor to preventable ill-health and premature death in women under 45, according to VicHealth."

The Guardian also published a footnote reading:

"This article was amended on 16 April to correct the reported rate at which women are killed by intimate partners. Women die this way in Australia at the rate of slightly more than one a week, according to Australian Institute of Criminology statistics – 109 in 2010-11 and 2011-12 combined. Unofficial figures for the first few months of 2015 show a similar rate."

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Monday
Apr142014

Domestic violence study suspended by UNSW for breach of ethics

An online ‘domestic violence study’ has been ordered offline by the University of NSW Human Research Ethics Committee.

Flyers published by the survey organisers have been ordered destroyed.

The study, being conducted by the Gendered Violence Research Network, White Ribbon Australia and Youth Action NSW, was found by the Ethics Committee to have breached the University’s code of ethics.

The decision comes after a national coalition of men’s health advocates made a formal complaint to the University claiming the survey was gender-biased, poorly formulated and misleading. They argued it could not achieve its stated aims and any consequent findings would be unreliable and likely to mislead the public.

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Monday
Mar312014

Domestic violence study ‘flawed’ say men’s health advocates

A national coalition of men’s health advocates has made a formal complaint to the UNSW Ethics Committee about an ‘online study of young people’s attitudes towards domestic and family violence’ that it appears to have approved.

The complaint states the survey on which the research is to be based is gender-biased, poorly formulated and misleading. It cannot achieve its stated aims and any consequent findings will be unreliable and are likely to mislead the public.

The study, being conducted by the Gendered Violence Research Network at UNSW, the White Ribbon Campaign and Youth Action NSW, states it intends to represent a follow up on research conducted in 1999 by the Crime Research Centre.

Men’s Health Australia has lodged a complaint with the Ethics Secretariat at UNSW, asking the committee to consider withdrawal of approval for the project in its current form.

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Tuesday
Mar122013

Nordic Countries defund Gender Ideology

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A devastating blow for “Gender Theory”: the Nordic Council of Ministers (a regional inter-governmental co-operation consisting of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland) has decided to close down the NIKK Nordic Gender Institute. The NIKK had been the flagship of “Gender Theory”, providing the “scientific” basis for social and educational policies that, from the 1970s onward, had transformed the Nordic countries to become the most “gender sensitive” societies in the world.

The decision was made after the Norwegian State Television had broadcasted a television documentary in which the hopelessly unscientific character of the NIKK and its research was exposed.

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Sunday
Sep022012

To celebrate this Father's Day, White Ribbon engages in a spot of good old man- and dad-bashing

If you want to enjoy this Father's Day and celebrate being a Dad, or indeed celebrate your own father, it might be wise not to read the latest 'paper' from the White Ribbon Research Series titled Fathers, Fathering and Preventing Violence Against Women. Regretfully it appears to be a piece of error-ridden radical-feminist ideological rhetoric that could have been published back in the 80's at the height of misandrist feminism.

Here are a few choice quotes - please don't read on if you want to have a relaxing Sunday - and, no, we're not making these up:

"Many [fathers] are emotionally abusive and controlling"

"Many [men] condone [violence against women] by not taking it seriously, or by failing to speak out against it"

"The tendency is for men to assume that their mere presence in a family – as a father figure and role model – is what is required of them"

"The idea of fathers making a unique contribution to their children… risks reasserting traditional gender roles and downplaying key issues of gendered power inequalities"

"Most fathers would be surprised to learn that many of the things they do on a day-to-day basis, many of the beliefs they hold, ideas they express and actions they take, contribute to the perpetuation of men’s violence against women"

"The concept of a ‘male role model’… is built on the assumption that femininity is subordinate to masculinity and by implication, that women are inferior to men"

"Many men choose not to learn the skills of caring for children"

A longer critique of this paper will be published at a later date - stay tuned. We are disappointed that the White Ribbon Foundation, which had appeared to be moving in a positive direction, seems to have taken such a backward step. If White Ribbon wants to engage men and fathers in their campaign, a good start would be to stop bashing them.