Entries in Resources: Misinformation (3)


Men's Health Australia Media Watch Report 2011

In November 2007, Greg Andresen was contracted by Men’s Health SA (MHSA – at that time the South Australian Men’s Health Alliance – SAMHA) to conduct a one-day-a-week Media Watch role on behalf of SAMHA and its collaborative partners, the Men’s Health Information & Resource Centre at the University of Western Sydney (MHIRC) and the Australasian Men’s Health Forum (AMHF). In July 2010, a fourth collaborative partner came on board to support the project – The Men’s Advisory Network (MAN) from Western Australia.

The Media Watch role involved the critique, analysis and, when appropriate, challenging of mass media statements and commentary and other forms of institutional, academic and government literature and media that:

  • depicted men or boys or masculinity in an unfair, negative or disparaging way
  • were misleading, inaccurate, or prejudicial towards men and boys
  • detracted from a general positive affirmation of men, boys, and masculinity
  • undermined the endeavour to approach men and boy’s health and issues in an intelligent, respectful, positive, equitable and constructive way.

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Dishonesty in the Domestic Violence Industry by Micheal Woods, 2006

The White Ribbon campaign relies on research that is either inept or just plain dishonest. There have been similar criticisms of the White Ribbon campaign in New Zealand.


Critique of Access Economics report "Cost of Domestic Violence to the Australian Economy"

In late 2004, Access Economics published a report titled "The Cost of Domestic Violence to the Australian Economy". Commissioned by the federal Office for the Status of Women, the report published as one of its Main Findings that

"It is estimated that in 2002–03 the total number of Australian victims of domestic violence may have been of the order of 408,100, of which 87% were women. It is also estimated that there were a similar number of perpetrators of domestic violence, 98% of which were male, and that around 263,800 children were living with victims of domestic violence and 181,200 children witnessed domestic violencein 2002–03. These findings support the overwhelming international research that women and children are the main victims of domestic violence."

This critique of the report reveals the many errors of maths and methodology that were used to produce these findings, and is illustrative of the way that domestic violence "research" has become dominated by ideology.