Every year over 700,000 victims of domestic abuse are male – Safe Lives
The Bigger Picture interviewed Lori Busche from the Mankind initiative alongside Matt Myles who is a male victim of domestic abuse. Click to hear Matt’s story, and thoughts on the stigma and importance of raising awareness.
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According to male domestic abuse charity Mankind Initiative, “male victims of domestic abuse are more likely to be victims of both physical violence and coercive or controlling behaviour at the same time. Many report to the charity’s helpline that the abuse only escalated to violence when they tried to escape from the coercion and control. In effect, there appears a pattern of one leading to the other. This is evidenced by the British Crime Survey which report that of all men suffering from partner abuse each year 64% suffer from non-physical control whilst 34% experience physical abuse and violence.
These numbers are growing as more men are reporting domestic abuse but there is still a stigma attached to the issue and a lot of men still aren’t asking for help. In December 2015 a change in the law was implemented meaning that controlling behaviour in a relationship is now a criminal offence. Perpetrators could now face up to five years in prison if they are found guilty of domestic abuse in any form.
Mankind hopes that it will, “close the “believability gap” for the victims making it easier for them to get help when there are no signs of physical abuse. It will also help to reduce the threatened denial of child contact fathers face, the threat of false allegations and also better recognise forced marriage or honour based abuse where the man is the victim.”
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