Dear ADVIP Colleague,
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Men is two months from today, on November 18.
The purpose of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Men is to highlight the often overlooked challenges and barriers faced by male victims of domestic violence.
Observances will be held around the world, and will include:
• Series of Facebook or Twitter posts
• Legislation introduced
• Etc, etc.
Please let me know if your organization would like to participate, to be listed on our website. Of if you prefer, we can add you to our “interested” list so I can send you future updates.
Edward E. Bartlett, PhD
Coalition to End Domestic Violence
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Men: November 18
Many persons were unaware of the extent of the problem of domestic violence against men until the recent trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. Watched by persons around the world, the trial revealed how Heard repeatedly abused Depp, including throwing a large glass at Depp, severing the end of his finger. Depp is one of the millions of men who are victims of domestic violence each year.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline has identified four reasons why victimized men are less likely to report the abuse:
1. Men are socialized not to express their feelings or see themselves as victims.
2. Pervading beliefs or stereotypes about men being abusers, women being victims.
3. The abuse of men is often treated as less serious, or a “joke.”
4. Many believe there are no resources or support available for male victims.
The goal of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Men is to overcome the barriers that prevent abused men from getting help.
Informative books are available:
1. Brenda Russell and John Hamel: Gender and Domestic Violence
2. Ann Silvers: Abuse of Men by Women
A number of domestic violence organizations have developed helpful materials:
1. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence offers a three-page fact sheet on Male Victims of Domestic Violence.
2. National Resource Center on Domestic Violence published a report on Serving Male-Identified Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence.
3. Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence includes a chapter in its Sheltering with Care Manual on the topic of Serving Male Survivors in Shelter.
4. New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence has a webpage titled, Unique Challenges Faced by Male Victims.
Hundreds of research studies demonstrate that domestic violence is an equal opportunity problem affecting men and women:
• Esteban Eugenio Esquivel-Santoveña et al: Partner Abuse Worldwide
• Murray A. Straus: Partner Violence by Male and Female University Students in 16 Nations
• Country and region-specific:
o United States
o Latin America and the Caribbean
UN Women will be observing the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25. The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Men on November 18 will complement and amplify the UN Women event.
• For Victims and Survivors
• Domestic Violence Legislative Project
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Men is sponsored by the Domestic Abuse and Violence International Alliance (DAVIA), a non-profit entity.
Dear ADVIP Colleague,