One-in-four re­ports of do­mes­tic abuse are from men

Rochdale Observer - - NOSTALGIA -

ONE-IN-FOUR peo­ple who re­port do­mes­tic abuse in Greater Man­ches­ter are men, new fig­ures show.

Do­mes­tic abuse char­ity the ManKind Ini­tia­tive de­scribed the num­bers as “shock­ing but wel­come”, say­ing they show that men feel in­creas­ingly able to come for­ward and re­port abuse. A free­dom of in­for­ma­tion re­quest sub­mit­ted by the char­ity showed that 9,084 men re­ported be­ing a vic­tim of do­mes­tic abuse to Greater Man­ches­ter Po­lice last year.

In to­tal, 39,108 do­mes­tic abuse cases were re­ported to po­lice, with men the vic­tims in 25 per cent in which was recorded. No gen­der data was pro­vided of those gen­der for 7pc of cases.

It is four times the num­ber of men who re­ported as vic­tims of do­mes­tic abuse in 2012, when they rep­re­sented 17pc of cases. Over the same pe­riod, the to­tal num­ber of do­mes­tic abuse re­ports in­creased by 192pc.

While do­mes­tic abuse can be vi­o­lent, the def­i­ni­tion can in­clude any con­trol­ling, co­er­cive or threat­en­ing be­hav­iour. It in­cludes psy­cho­log­i­cal, phys­i­cal, sex­ual, fi­nan­cial and emo­tional abuse.

Across the 41 of Eng­land and Wales’s 43 po­lice forces who pro­vided num­bers for last year, 159,000 men re­ported be­ing vic­tims of do­mes­tic abuse – one in ev­ery four cases.

Mark Brooks, chair­man of the ManKind Ini­tia­tive, said: “These fig­ures are both shock­ing yet wel­come.

“They show the level of do­mes­tic abuse against men and the grow­ing con­fi­dence they have in com­ing for­ward. Friends, fam­ily and work col­leagues are also play­ing a key part in sup­port­ing them and many po­lice forces are ac­tively en­cour­ag­ing men to re­port.

“These fig­ures should act as a spur for even more men to reach out, as many feel they are the only man in the world this has ever hap­pened to and they suf­fer in si­lence be­hind their front door. They now know they are not alone.”

The char­ity be­lieves there needs to be more done to fund and sup­port do­mes­tic abuse ser­vices, for both male and fe­male vic­tims.

But with just 20 of the coun­try’s 3,600 refuge beds re­served for men – 0.8pc of the to­tal stock – they feel as­sump­tions about do­mes­tic abuse are still to be bro­ken down.

Pic­ture posed by model

●●Fig­ures show more than 9,000 men re­ported be­ing a vic­tim of do­mes­tic abuse to Greater Man­ches­ter Po­lice last year

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