Andybob’s letter of complaint to the BBC about its treatment of domestic abuse on ‘Newsnight’

A Voice for Men recently published a piece about our complaint to the BBC, relating to a piece about domestic abuse on the 7 January edition of Newsnight:

Someone using the pseudonym ‘Andybob’ has just left the following comment on the piece:

“Excellent work, Mr Buchanan. Your work reverberates across the globe and is already contributing to releasing feminism’s stranglehold on the public discourse on issues that impact the lives of men and boys. Here is my complaint letter which I will send forthwith:

Dear Sir/Madam,

Re: Complaint regarding biased coverage of domestic violence on Newsnight (7/1/14)

I am writing to complain about the biased coverage of the issue of domestic violence on Newsnight which aired on 7th January, 2014. Throughout the segment, the issue of domestic violence is presented as a gendered issue in which all perpetrators are assumed to be men, and all victims are assumed to be women.

This erroneous assumption is explicitly expressed by all of the participants, for example Jeremy Paxman: ‘If you teach a man to manage his behavior so that he is not overtly violent, there’s a danger he may start to find more subtle ways of being abusive.’ Guest speaker Polly Neate: ‘It’s not just about a guy learning to control his temper, it’s about coercion.’

Domestic violence is a serious issue which deserves to be discussed in a fair, balanced and comprehensive manner which cannot be achieved without rigorous, fact-based research. This was clearly not undertaken by either the Newsnight team, or its panel of guests. Had they done so, they would have discovered that more than half of all DV incidents are reciprocal, and that women are the perpetrators of the majority of all non-reciprocal domestic violence between heterosexual partners.

Independent studies reveal that men comprise up to 40% of all DV victims in Great Britain. Yet the Newsnight segment completely ignores their existence, just as it ignores the existence of female perpetrators of domestic violence. It is grossly irresponsible of the BBC to contribute to the further marginalization of these already egregiously neglected men by rendering them invisible. It is particularly reprehensible that this was done on a segment that claims to present supportive solutions regarding domestic violence.

While presenting DV as exclusively perpetrated by men may conveniently fit in with feminist narratives on the issue, it does not reflect reality. Erin Pizzey, founder of Britain’s first women’s refuge, Chiswick Aid, observed that DV is not a gendered issue. It is generational, with many contributing factors, including drugs, family/social dysfunction, poverty and mental health.

Ms Pizzey, now Editor at Large for ‘A Voice for Men’ has commented that viable solutions to DV can never be developed and implemented until we begin to honestly recognize and assess its fundamental causes. This cannot be achieved until we reject the feminist lie that men are always the perpetrators of DV and women are always the victims. We must acknowledge the truth about domestic violence before truly meaningful discussions of value can take place.

The Newsnight segment on domestic violence failed in its obligation to the public to present the truth about this issue by ignoring the existence of male victims of female-perpetrated domestic violence. Vilifying men as solely responsible for DV may be in line with radical feminist propaganda, but it directly breaches the BBC’s own Editorial Guidelines of what constitutes fair and objective reporting. It makes a mockery of readily available facts that could be easily obtained by a secondary school student researching an essay.

I expect the BBC to reply to this complaint by explaining why it allowed one of its most prestigious news programmes to present this serious issue with such obvious anti-male bias and woefully inadequate research. Male victims of domestic violence, and those who love them, deserve better than such callous disregard for the truth – and so do BBC viewers.

Yours faithfully,


(real name on complaint)”

About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • herbkr

    What a fabulous letter. Well done Andybob. This must have taken a lot of time (as must have Mike Buchanan’s complaint too) and it is clear that this sort of effort is going to be necessary for those of us who are so deeply concerned about what is going on. The truth is, the feminist fanatics have colonized our news media (as they have of many of our otherwise noble institutions) because no one has gone to the effort to counter their ridiculous and deeply divisive doctrines. It is truly sufficient for evil to triumph that good mean do nothing. Both of you are showing us an example of actually doing something. Good men! I feel inspired.

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