Raising awareness of male domestic violence

A safe haven that has opened for male victims of domestic violence highlights the fact that it’s not just women forced to flee abusive relationships.

The creation of the all-male refuge in Cornwall, which will open its doors in August, is the latest project to provide support for the sufferers who are often overlooked by society.
The facility will offer counselling and emotional support to the men who stay, as well as outreach services and general advice.

While the refuge will mean a major improvement in services in that part of the country, there are still only 33 shelters of this kind across the country, compared to the more than 4000 which are available to women.

This is in spite the fact that the Home Office believes that up to 40 per cent of victims of domestic violence are in fact male. This adds up to 800,000 men nationwide.

And the actual figure may be much higher, as men are often less likely to contact the authorities because of the stigma surrounding the issue and a fear that they will not be taken seriously.
Earlier this year, the charity ManKind, which is dedicated to helping male victims, launched a hard-hitting campaign to draw attention to the issue.

The charity’s chair Mark Brooks said: “A sign of living in an equal society is where men suffering from domestic violence are recognised and supported in the same way that female victims rightly are.”