International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Men

 This press release was sent to me this morning.  I thought some of you might be interested…

WASHINGTON / October 20, 2022 – The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Men will be observed on November 18, 2022 (1). The Domestic Abuse and Violence International Alliance (DAVIA) invites lawmakers, media representatives, and others to participate in IDEVAM events to be held in locations around the globe.

The following have been accomplished:

  1. Two videos have been produced: “International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Men” (2) and “46 Groups Call on U.N. to Address ‘Hidden Epidemic’ of Domestic Violence Against Men” (3)
  2. Forty-six organizations from 16 countries sent a letter to the United Nations, calling on the UN to recognize the global problem of violence against men (4).
  3. The UN proposal, “Intensification of Efforts to Eliminate All Forms of Violence Against Women and Girls” was analyzed for bias and factual accuracy (5).

Most events for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Men will be held at the local level. In Bengal, India, for example, posters stating, “Men Are Victims, Too” will be distributed to police stations in Kolkata (Calcutta).

The International Day will culminate in a one-hour Zoom press conference, beginning at 11:00am Washington DC time. The panelists will consist of leading experts on domestic violence and partner abuse from the United States, United Kingdom, Romania, Argentina, and India.

The following day, November 19, will be International Men’s Day (6).

Domestic violence against men represents a hidden epidemic around the world. A compilation of 343 scholarly investigations concluded that “women are as physically aggressive as men (or more) in their relationships with their spouses or opposite-sex partners.” These studies were conducted on a broad range of racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups in 40 countries. (7)

The recent trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard revealed that Heard was repeatedly abusive of Depp, both physically and psychologically. On one occasion, Heard hurled a glass at Depp, severing the end of his finger (8).