Violence Against Men

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 3:35 pm on 10th June 2010.

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Photo of Bill Butler Bill Butler Labour 3:35 pm, 10th June 2010

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Furthermore, we must acknowledge the importance of context and responses. Gil Paterson referred to a 2009 study by Marianne Hester of the University of Bristol, which said that

"Men and women tend to use and/or experience violence and describe it in different ways".

In effect,

"When women use violence in intimate relationships it is often, though not always, in self defence or defence of a child or as a form of resistance."

In that context, it should also be noted that the Respect briefing paper states:

"A significant number of men calling the Men's Advice Line who initially identify as victims change their own identification by the end of the call or provide information about the violence in their relationships which strongly suggests that they are either not a victim or in fact are the perpetrator."