DOMESTIC VIOLENCE – Selected media references and sources relating to male victimisation – updated to 2007 February 2008

Here we have a selection of media references and sources about the mentioned topic from various sources.

NEWSPAPERS & MAGAZINES – Attributed / Unattributed items:

Steele, John & Pook, Sally. Sun editor held for 4am ‘assault’ on TV hard man. Daily Telegraph, 4 November 2005.

Rebekah Wade, the editor of The Sun, was arrested and held in custody for eight hours yesterday on suspicion of assaulting her husband, the Eastenders actor Ross Kemp. She was later released without charge. Kemp, 41, who plays “hard man” Grant Mitchell in the BBC1 soap opera, was said to have declined medical treatment after receiving a cut to his mouth at the couple’s home in Battersea. Wade, 37, was arrested at home around 4am for alleged assault. It was unclear who called the police but it is understood there was a 999 call from the couple’s home.

Pook, Sally. Bigamous wife ‘killed husband by poisoning his curry’. Daily Telegraph, 12 November 2003.

Trial of Dena Thompson at the Old Bailey accused of poisoning her second ‘husband’ Julian Webb nine years ago. Only hours after her husband’s death from a supposed overdose of aspirin and the anti-depressant diothepin, Dena Thompson, who was waiting to stand trial for fraud, was trying to get hold of his £35,000 death benefits. She was charged with murder after Mr Webb’s body was exhumed two years ago. Thompson had wanted his body cremated. Prosecuting counsel described Thompson as “a disturbed woman who was exceptionally dishonest, manipulative, and a compulsive liar.” The trial continues.

Desmond, Sinead. Is it really true that women are as violent as men? Sun Woman, 22 August 2001.

Report of interview with Erin Pizzey who says that “there’s been a blanket of silence thrown over the real suffering of men for years”, and brief reference to research by John Archer and Malcolm George, together with a resume of the experiences of three male victims.

OTHER REFERENCES:

George, Malcolm J. (Dewar Research). The “Great Taboo” and the Role of Patriarchy in Husband and Wife Abuse. International Journal of Men’s Health, Vol.6, No.1, Spring 2007, 7-21.

The role of historical memes such as the “Rule of Thumb” is explored and documented to illustrate how the notion of patriarchy defined as “male-dominance over women” is deeply flawed. The “Rule of Thumb” as anything other than a rough and ready measure is shown to be both a historical myth and the result of sophistry by some women’s activists.

UNI Bremen, Germany. Domestic violence in cases of separation and divorce: new results 2002.

Results so far from a new study by Professor Amendt show that in cases of separation and divorce: 22% of men and women hit each other; 18% of the men hit the women; 60% of the women hit the men. The study is continuing until 2003, when more results will be available.

Yarwood, D.J. (1997). Domestic violence statistics 1995/6, England and Wales: Summary of information by police forces in England and Wales in response to private enquiry. Dewar Research, Ascot.

The report is based on information on domestic violence statistics provided by 24 police forces, with a good degree of breakdown provided by 13 of these forces. Proportions of male victims of total incidents recorded as ‘domestic’ ranged from 3.6% (although this single low figure needed to be regarded with some caution) to 21.4%, with an average of 19.2% in three London MET Divisions.

Proportions of male victims for notifiable crimes of violence recorded as ‘domestic’ were higher generally and ranged from 7.9% to 46.6%, with an average of 33.7% for non-metropolitan areas and 17.3% for metropolitan areas, and of 24.6% for 7 London MET Divisions. Proportions of male victims in the younger (1 to 15) and older (61+) age groups were markedly higher than for the middle age range, in some cases being over double the lowest proportion.

Other references:

Cambridge University Press. Sex differences in anti-social behaviour. Moffitt, Terrie; Caspi, Avshalom; Rutter, Michael; and Silva, Phil. 2001 ISBN 521 01066 7.

Includes reference to the equal initiation of domestic violence by the sexes.

Driscoll, Richard (1998). Vive La Difference: Men and Women in Confrontation. Journal of Men’s Perspectives Vol.18, No.4.

Observation that in arguments with angry women, men usually lose. Reference to research by John Gottman at the University of Seattle which found that “men tend to be more stressed by marital arguments, compared to women, who are more comfortable with emotional confrontation and better at it.” Contrary to popular expectations, Gottman observed that “men are markedly more intimidated by angry women than women are of angry men. Women dominate in marital arguments. Wives introduce complaints more than husbands, thus starting arguments more often.”

KEY BROADCASTS:

Talk TV, 14 November 1996. Britain Talks Back.

Programme on plight of male victims of domestic violence, including interview with Dale Setlzer, a victim, comments by Dr Malcolm George, and phone-ins by three women callers, one who understood why women might assault other women (eg. jealousy) but wondered why they should assault men,

Domestic Violence Selected media references and sources relating to male victimisation – updated to 2007 another the mother of a battered son, and the third who suffered battering in her first relationship and now acted aggressively in her second.

Channel 5, 23 October 2006. Hidden Lives. Battered Men.

Nearly a quarter of all reported instances of domestic abuse are against men, though that figure could be higher due to the stigma attached to any man who admits he’s been beaten by his female partner. Thoughtfully compiled and presented programme, featuring eight male victims, two of them in some depth, and two previously violent women. Contribution from Dr Sheri Jacobson, a psychotherapist and counsellor. The ManKind and Men’s Aid helplines were given at the end of the programme. This edition of Hidden Lives involves a series of first-hand accounts of such abuse from male victims.

Tellingly, most conceal their identities, such is the shame that surrounds this difficult subject. But one man is happy to be identified. Having been subjected to frequent barrages of violence from his partner, he recorded one attack with his mobile videophone. The victim was lucky, he escaped. Peter McBride wasn’t so fortunate. He was stabbed to death by his partner, by all accounts a woman he loved deeply. To his dying breath he defended her, claiming in his 999 call he had “fallen on a knife”.

BBC-1, 19 February 2003. Hitting Home series. Dangerous Love: Tales of Domestic Violence.

Mostly experiences of women victims of domestic violence but included case study of one male victim.

KEY CONFERENCES:

Men are abused too. 5 October 2007. Sheaf Domestic Abuse Project. Sheffield

Unlikely victims. Conference to explore the barriers to service provision for men who are victims of domestic violence. 4 December 2001. Derby. Central Conference Consultants Ltd, Nottingham

GOVERNMENT AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS:

Finney, Andrea. Domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking: Findings from the 2004/05 British Crime Survey. Home Office Online Report 12/06.

Safety and Justice: The Government’s Proposals on Domestic Violence. Cm5847. Home Office, June 2003.

Domestic Violence. Home Office Circular 19/2000 to Chief Police Officers, England and Wales.
Policing and Crime Reduction Unit, Home Office, May 2000 (Revision of previous Circular 60/1990).

ACTS OF PARLIAMENT & STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS:

Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act [DVCVA] (effective from 1 July 2007).

Crime and Disorder Act 1998

Criminal Justice Act 1998 (23, 29)

Children Act 1989

Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (47)

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