The BBC News recently reported two shocking cases of male victims of domestic abuse.
Whilst female cases of domestic abuse are no less harrowing. The two male cases highlighted the need for more awareness that men as well as women can experience physical and mental abuse by their partner.
The Mankind Initiative a male domestic violence charity says that for every three cases reported one of the three is male. Reported cases of male domestic abuse victims are rising yet there is only 9 male refuges in the UK compared to 305 women refuges.
Domestic violence can consist of psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional harm and often victims are unaware of the situation they are in until they receive help.
Unfortunately many men do not report domestic abuse due to the outdated culture of masculine expectations and are embarrassed and ashamed of the stigma of being assaulted by a women.
Domestic abuse in same sex couples is also reported by the Stonewall charity as being “worryingly high” with 49% of men experiencing domestic abuse, yet these men rarely seek legal help.
More awareness and support is needed to encourage men to come forward and seek the help. They need to ensure their safety and wellbeing.
How can we help?
We are able to assist with protective orders to include Non-Molestation Orders.
We offer support and practical guidance in a confidential setting and you will not be judged.
We take domestic violence very seriously and we are here to help you.
If you have been a victim of domestic violence then please contact our specialised family teams at our offices. We have teams in Lincolnshire and Notinghamshire, based in Sleaford, Boston, Grantham, Spalding, Newark and Lincoln in which we will take time to listen to your enquiry in a friendly and empathetic nature.