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PRESS RELEASE

January 16, 2005
Contact: Trudy Schuett, <>

Hidden Casualties of Domestic Violence Find Their Voice

Rockville, MD &ndash A network of concerned men and women today launched RADAR, a national campaign highlighting the plight of unserved victims of domestic violence. No fewer than 835,000 men are abused each year, according to the US Department of Justice.

RADAR stands for “Respecting Accuracy in Domestic Abuse Reporting.” The RADAR campaign will work with reporters, editors, and producers around the country to assure the media provides even-handed portrayal of the domestic abuse issue. Volunteers will also provide access to hard-to-find information showing a comprehensive picture of the problem.

Abused women have a host of services available to them, including shelters, but abused men have few places to turn for help. Likewise, female abusers find little or no support when they seek aid to change their behavior.

An exception to the typical one-sided domestic violence media coverage is this quote from a recent USA Today article, which concluded: “Women hit men, too. And the latest research shows that ignoring the role women play in domestic violence does both women and men a disservice.” Most often such articles are wrongly oversimplified, portraying all men as aggressors, all women as victims.

According to RADAR spokesman Harry Crouch, “If we are ever going to fully understand the dynamics of domestic violence, we need to recognize that it is not gender specific. Otherwise we do considerable harm to everyone adversely impacted, including women and children, and certainly men.” Crouch is a member of the San Diego Domestic Violence Council, the National Coalition of Free Men Los Angeles, and an internationally known advocate for gender-inclusive domestic violence services.

RADAR’s national network of Media Monitors will review print, TV, and radio coverage of domestic violence stories and reporting on a daily basis. Monitors will identify biased news coverage and work with local media representatives to promote complete, accurate, and balanced reporting.

For resources on domestic violence, more information about RADAR, and regional media contacts go to: http://www.mediaradar.org or contact Trudy Schuett.

R.A.D.A.R. – Respecting Accuracy in Domestic Abuse Reporting – is a non-profit, non-partisan organization of men and women working to improve the effectiveness of our nation's approach to solving domestic violence. http://mediaradar.org.

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