YOUNG WOMEN COMMIT A THIRD OF YOUTH VIOLENCE
Nearly a third (29 per cent) of all the juvenile violence offences which received formal sanctions is now committed by young women and violence is now the most common crime of female juvenile first-time offenders receiving a sentence (34.4%) replacing theft and handling stolen goods as the most common crimes for young women.
These new figures highlight the urgent need for people campaigning to end violence and abuse to recognize that stereotyping all men as perpetrators or potential perpetrators of violence and all women as victims or potential victims or violence does not give us the full picture where violence is concerned.
40% OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS ARE MALE
Locally (as well as nationally) there is stubborn resistance to acknowledging and dealing with the fact that 40% of domestic violence victims are male, part of the problem being that the issue is still tackled strategically within the national Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy.
In our city Brighton & Hove, while there is a well established service for female victims and an officer dedicated to supporting LGBT victims, there is no service for male victims and an “intelligent commissioning” review of services conducted in 2010 saw 53 women invited to take part in focus groups but no men – no straight men, no GBT men, no BME men, no disabled men, no old men, no young men, no boys, no male perpetrators, no male victims, no men in mutually violent relationships – just women.
This approach continues to overlook the fact that both straight men and gay men are particularly vulnerable to violence and have much to gain from joining forces to campaign against violence against boys and men.
MALE VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE TWICE AS LIKELY TO TELL NO-ONE
It is a sad fact than 41% of male domestic victims, or example, tell no-one about the abuse they experience and are twice as likely to keep it to themselves as women.
The one-side approach to the issue of violence in the UK has been picked elsewhere in the world by campaigns such as the excellent 1 in 3 domestic violence campaign in Australia.
THREE TIMES MORE MEN KILLED BY A STRANGER
The fact that men are the majority of all violence victims is often overlooked. In 2008/2009 in the UK 71% of murder victims were male. Men are also three times more likely to be killed by a stranger.
Despite this the worrying trend in early intervention work has been to focus on changing boys attitude towards violence against women and girls when research on attitudes of young people towards domestic violence shows that girls and more tolerant of violence against men and boys – being 11x more likely to say it is okay for a woman to hit her partner for nagging or arguing (when compared to their attitude to men hitting women for the same reason)
Sadly, boys seem to growing up with an attitude that it’s ok for them to be hit by their partner – being 15x more likely than girls to think it is okay for their partner to hit him if he was nagging or wouldn’t stop arguing.
Meanwhile, the focus on early intervention work in schools remains on addressing boys and girls attitudes to violence against women and girls – and is not equally addressing our societal tolerance of violence against men and boys.
MEN TWICE AS LIKELY TO BE VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE
Men and boys are twice as likely to be victims of violence than women and girls. Internationally two thirds of the 1.6 million people who die violent deaths every year are men and boys – and yet the United Nations PR coverage on violent deaths fails to mention that men are the biggest victims and its subsequent poster campaign on ending violent deaths excludes men – who are two thirds of victims – by choosing 4 images of women and just one of a man.
On a positive note, campaigns like Fathers Against Violence in Manchester are beginning to give men a voice in campaigning to ending all violence and abuse.
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