Domestic abuse is often wrongly perceived as violence by men against women only, especially with frameworks in place such as the Women and Girls Against Violence Strategy.

However, the Office for National Statistics has shown that every year one in three victims of domestic abuse are male, with 36% of crimes recorded by the police being committed against men. Despite these statistics, many men find it difficult to seek help when experiencing domestic abuse, either due to the fear that they will not be believed or taken seriously by professionals.  Often many men do not realise they are experiencing domestic abuse or believe they should just endure the behaviour being exercised against them.  Often men experiencing domestic abuse show a hesitancy to trusting people, suffer with low self-confidence and emotional detachment, leading to depression.

Section 1(3) of the Domestic Abuse Act sets out domestic abuse to include:

  • Physical or sexual abuse;
  • Violent or threatening behaviour;
  • Controlling or coercive behaviour;
  • Economic abuse;
  • Psychological, emotional or other abuse;

International Men’s Day on the 19th of November recognises the importance of making a positive difference to the wellbeing and lives of men and boys. Launching in 1999, it is now celebrated in more than 90 countries. Its purpose is to encourage men to engage in positive conversations about men, manhood and masculinity and raise awareness of charities supporting men and boys’ wellbeing.

Lincolnshire’s Domestic Abuse Partnership has collaborated with Lincoln City Football Club and Andy’s Man Club to promote awareness of male domestic abuse. Andy’s Man Club is a men’s suicide prevention charity, which offers free peer-to-peer support groups across the United Kingdom and online. Its aim is to end the stigma around men’s mental health and promote conversation.

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Ringrose Law provides a safe environment for men to discuss their legal options for preventing domestic abuse.  We can provide instant support or help through Care and Domestic Abuse 24-hour legal helpline is available – call or text 07739 748675 or email .

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