The ManKind Initiative, in partnership with over 25 supporting organisations from across the UK, has launched the very first ‘Supporting Male Victims of Domestic Abuse Day’ on Wednesday 2 November 2022.
The campaign has the slogan: MenYouAreNotAlone.
The aim is to encourage more men to contact their local police force and/or their local domestic abuse service, all of whom will help them to escape from domestic abuse. It also aims to encourage men’s friends, families and work colleagues to identify and support men they know who may be suffering abuse at the hands of a partner or other adult in their home.
“The campaign aims to increase the numbers of male victims using their local domestic abuse service or contacting the police by making them more aware of the support available. We hope this will also raise more general awareness amongst society and friends and family who often have a vital role to play in helping them to escape.
“Tens of thousands of men are suffering in silence and simply do not know where or who to turn to for help and guidance. They often do not even recognise what they are going through is domestic abuse until it is described to them. This is why it is important for local organisations and the police to publicise the support they have and be very clear that they will take them seriously.
If we keep pushing the message that there is support, you are not weak, you are not to blame and you are not alone, then more men will come forward and receive the support they need. This will also include their children who are now covered by the new domestic abuse laws. This is why the message #MenYouAreNotAlone is so important.”Mark Brooks OBE, Chair of the ManKind Initiative
According to a recent Office For National Statistics Crime Survey for England and Wales, one in every six to seven men will become a victim of domestic abuse at some point in their lifetime with 757,000 being victims in 2020/21. However, only one in twenty victims accessing a local domestic abuse service is male.
Over 25 organisations are supporting the day including Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Hestia, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Male Survivors Partnership and others that support male victims.
The charity, which supports male victims of domestic abuse, has asked organisations providing support services for men experiencing domestic abuse to publicise the help they have available in their local community. By collectively doing this on the day, in addition to other promotional campaigns they run through the year, it is hoped that it will amplify the message across the UK that there is support for men.
The date is the first Wednesday after the autumn half term school holiday and after the clocks go back – which can be a time when men realise they need to do something about the domestic abuse they are suffering.
If you are a man suffering from domestic abuse there are a number of services that you can access including:
Mankind Initiative: https://www.mankind.org.uk/
Confidential helpline for male victims of domestic abuse and domestic violence
CALL 01823 334244 Weekdays 10am to 4pm
Domestic Abuse Victim Empowerment service (DAVE) – Save Dave – www.SaveDAVE.org.uk
Providing confidential advice, impartial support, and advocacy for male victims of domestic abuse in Kent and Medway.
Call DAVE 01233 680160 9am to 5pm
The listed networks are specialist services for male victims in Kent and Medway only – if you are female and in need of support, visit the Domestic Abuse support service website
or call Victim Support on 0808 168 9111.
Call 999 if in immediate danger