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ECU presents groundbreaking report on domestic violence

Friday, 28 May 2010

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ECU researchers launched a groundbreaking report on Wednesday, 26 May entitled, Intimate Partner Abuse of Men.

The report, which discussed domestic violence against males, identified that a high number of abuse cases against men go unreported in Western Australia.

The report stated that embarrassment and the disbelief of friends and colleagues were among the main reasons why such abuse remains a secret, and also identified that male victims had nowhere to go for appropriate support and counselling as existing services were only set up to cater for female victims.

“These are the most critical factors that service providers and agencies need to resolve in order to assist male victims to disclose their abuse,” said ECU’s Head of the School of Psychology and co-writer of the report, Professor Alfred Allan.

The report identified a number of future recommendations to help address the problem, including government funded public awareness campaigns and training within the health and welfare sector.

“Workers need training in how to dismantle the barriers and strengthen the factors that facilitate men’s disclosure of their abuse,” said Professor Allan.

The report was a joint initiative between ECU’s School of Psychology and the Men’s Advisory Network (MAN) and was funded by Lotterywest.

For more information and to view the full report, please visit the MAN website.

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