Paper raises disturbing realities about male victims
EDITORIAL: Most victims of violence are men. That does not mean violence against women can be ignored. Far from it.
Women are more likely to be murdered or seriously injured by their partners.
That does not mean domestic violence against men can be ignored.
But it often is and, according to Hervey Bay lecturer Nathan Beel, women are as likely to turn to violence in a relationship as men.
He also says some male victims do not speak out for fear they will be suspected as the perpetrator. He speaks of "intimate terrorists" - the control freaks who systematically rule their partners' lives.
His paper may raise some hackles, but we hope there is no kneejerk rejection. Mr Beel is no ivory tower academic, but someone who works with victims and perpetrators in the Hervey Bay community.
It is an ugly subject that will not go away by being ignored.
CONGRATULATIONS to the Bay whale-watch operators who have won a compromise from the State Government on fees that other areas don't have to pay.
It's not a level playing field, but at least it's a concession.