Pauline Hanson claims women make frivolous DV complaints
CONTROVERSIAL politician Pauline Hanson says men are the real victims of Australia's domestic violence scourge and many women make "frivolous" abuse claims over simple things - like criticism of their clothes.
One anti-domestic violence campaigner was so appalled at the One Nation Queensland senate candidate's comments that she invited Ms Hanson to spend time on the frontline of the epidemic.
Speaking to ARM Newsdesk at a media event in Brisbane on Friday, Ms Hanson said "27 men a week" were killing themselves because of domestic violence.
"We need a full overview of the child support system and the family law courts to find the answers (because) you know some (women) are going out there and claiming domestic violence because they're told 'I don't like the colour of your dress'," Ms Hanson said.
"They (women) are making frivolous complaints and it's time that our court system (is looked at) - especially for men who are the subject of domestic violence themselves.
"Men have nowhere to go - (domestic violence against males) is very widely spread.
"I want to sit down with these (male-focused) organisations, these groups, and give them a voice, because they feel like they're not being heard."
Last year, at least 79 Australian women were killed as a result of domestic violence and already this year's toll is sitting on 32 deaths.
Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety data shows one in six women is physically abused by their current or former partner and one in four women suffers emotional abuse.
The ANROWS' data reveals one in 19 men experience intimate partner violence and one in seven men are the victims of emotional abuse.
Diane Mangan, who runs Queensland's domestic violence hotline, said Ms Hanson's comments were inflammatory and could cause some victims to put off seeking help.
"I don't even want to answer this as it has not got any merit," The DVConnect manager said.
"It's a danger - does she not realise that seven women were (allegedly) murdered just recently in Queensland.
"What is she saying to their families - what is she saying to all of the women out there who are living in fear?
"These statements are highly irresponsible and they are dangerous.
"We expect much more (from public figures).
"A lot of women are already wavering about whether what they are experiencing is serious enough, when it most definitely is."
Ms Mangan invited Ms Hanson to visit DVConnect's office to get a better understanding of the issue.
"I would want her most definitely to come and visit our service," Ms Mangan said.
*For 24-hour support, phone Queensland's DVConnect on 1800 811 811 or MensLine on 1800 600 636, NSW's Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463 or the national hotline 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).