Despite the increasing number of males experiencing domestic abuse there is still a lack of resources to support them. When they do finally reach out for help, they can experience discrimination due to the lack of knowledge and untrained staff working in organisations designed to support women.
Whilst acknowledging things are improving, the media’s campaign to support women affected by domestic abuse can be a barrier to men reaching out for help. Men’s frustrations of not being believed are often perceived as aggression resulting in them disengaging from a process where they should be receiving support. Although many women don’t have the same physical strength as men, the psychological impact of domestic abuse can leave men feeling powerless to act.
Male victims of domestic abuse make up a percentage of the silent epidemic of male suicides and the lack of accommodation for those wanting to flee domestic abuse leaves them trapped, homeless or in financial ruin. We will continue to promote and support all victims of domestic abuse for both men and women and we are passionate about safeguarding their children.