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3 November 2006
MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
3 November, 2006

Contact: Edward Dabrowski: 0409 917 345; director@spca.org.au

UN Report Harmful to Families and Children, Groups Charge

Perth, WA - A coalition of 100 organizations around the world are calling on the United Nations to delay implementation of a recent report, saying the document is one-sided and flawed. The groups claim the report's recommendations will undermine families and sever children's ties to their parents.

The UN report, Study on Violence Against Women, was released by Secretary-General Kofi Annan in early October. The UN study probes the issue of violence directed against women and recommends strategies to combat abuse.

But the groups note that around the world, men suffer a far greater burden of violence. Worse, the report ignores extensive research that shows women engage in domestic violence as often as men, making the report's conclusions one-sided and biased.

Teri Stoddard, president of San Francisco-based Shared Parenting Works, observes, "I know far too many men who have been falsely accused of domestic violence and who haven't been able to see their children for years. The idea that other countries and now the UN want to duplicate the American approach saddens me greatly."

In Canada, Earl Silverman, president of Family of Men Support Society, asks, "how can the United Nations ignore half the problem of domestic abuse and expect justice to prevail and violence eliminated?"

Nora Bennis in Ireland notes, "Mothers At Home is concerned about the damage to children that reports like the UN Violence Report can cause. This Report will adversely affect the relationships between children and their fathers. This is a terrible injustice to the child."

Lee Newman, executive director, SAFE International, New Hampshire:

"The UN Report ignores the plight and pain of half of all victims of domestic violence. In effect this report 'sanctions' male victims and ignores the terrorism that fills their lives simply because they are men."

David Usher, president, American Coalition for Fathers and Children, Missouri:

"There is no credible scientific evidence that initiation of domestic violence is substantially a male-on-female problem anywhere in the world. Yet, this is the assumption irrevocably embedded in the UN report which if accepted, would lend credence to a notoriously radical gender ideology."

Ed Dabrowski, Federal Director of the SPCA:

"The systematic removal of fathers from their children and their homes by our Family Law courts and welfare agencies through baseless, unproven accusations of abuse or violence and without due process of law is the primary means by which children are made to permanently lose their access to one parent. The gender-selective UN Violence Report is divisive of the family unit and would further entrench Family Law segregation of children from their fathers.

Organizations from 9 countries around the world have signed a resolution asking the UN to not implement the report until it fully assesses its impact on families and children. The organizations are based in the United States, Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Australia, and New Zealand.

The full Resolution and list of co-signers can be seen at: http://www.mediaradar.org/docs/UN-ViolenceReport-Resolution.pdf .

Nearly 200 studies around the world show that men and women are equally likely to engage in partner aggression:  REFERENCES EXAMINING ASSAULTS BY WOMEN ON THEIR SPOUSES OR MALE PARTNERS: AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY. Psychologist John Archer reported in Psychological Bulletin that 38% of persons injured by domestic violence are male.



SPCA - Shared Parenting Council of Australia - The Shared Parenting Council of Australia was incorporated in September 2002 as a representative body for a range of Parent, Children, Church and Family Law Reform organisations who share the common purpose of prescribing in law, every child's fundamental human right to an equal opportunity and relationship with both their Mother and Father following parental separation or divorce.: www.spca.org.au
PO Box 2027, Bunbury WA 6231 Tel: 08 9791 7433
Email: secretariat@spca.org.au
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