Muscle Hearts

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Koby Bunney, the founder of Equal Love Ballarat, is starting a new campaign to combat domestic violence, called Muscle Hearts. In this interview he speaks out publicly for the first time and this is why gender diversity is so important to him.

His experience highlights the problems experienced getting help and support for LGBTI – and not just for domestic violence – outside the big cities.

Trigger Warning: This video contains detailed descriptions of physical violence as well as references to sexual abuse which some viewers may find distressing.

Interviewer William Brougham said:

This is a candid, frank and brave interview about the rarely discussed subject of domestic violence against men including domestic violence by men aimed at other men in same-sex relationships. Koby Bunney is the convenor of Equal Love Ballarat but for three and a half years he was in a same-sex relationship in which he was abused physically and mentally by his partner.

Here he talks publicly for the for the first time about the abuse he suffered and the lack of support and resources for male victims and survivors of domestic violence that he encountered where he lives in Ballarat in the Australian state of Victoria.

Koby hopes that the experiences that he shares in this video will help create a discussion about instances of domestic violence where men have been the victims and how support and resources can be improved for them.

About the author

Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. "Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe." (Daniel Witthaus, "Beyond Priscilla", Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)