The Croydon Advertiser revealed that 22,000 people per year in Croydon, in Surrey, suffer from domestic abuse each year including 8,800 men. Of those men, around 1,0o0 suffered more than four incidents.
It was very pleasing that such a profile was given to the number of male victims.
The challenge given the recent finding by NICE and also the fact that there is no known service for male victims of domestic abuse is to ensure that those men suffering are able to get the help they need. If no support is available, including safe house support, then the council and health agencies will be in breach of the Equality Act 2010.
On Monday, I mentioned that I was speaking at the prestigious St Hilda’s College in Oxford.
The meeting was attended by 25 people ranging from undergraduates (80% female) to professors – all of whom were genuinely interested in the subject matter and all of whom treated the subject with respect. After speaking for about 25 minutes, I was asked a range of questions ranging from the ethics of screening on helplines, why is there such a lack of research, the range of abuse that men suffer and why there is a lack of support for them. I also went through some of the latest statistics on young people which show that one in every three teenage victims is male.
What was so good about the meeting was the fact that this was such an influential audience who will now, in whatever field they choose to take, when they think about domestic abuse or go into the sector, will recognise both female and male victims as equals.
I also received a lovely bunch of flowers from Caroline the organiser!
BBC 3 have contacted ManKind Initiative asking if we could publicise their documentary on domestic abuse and the fact that to ensure balance they need a young male domestic abuse victim to come forward. The poster with further information can be found here:
BBC3 young domestic violence poster
The National Institute of Clinical Excellence issued new guidance this week (http://guidance.nice.org.uk/PH50). We and Broken Rainbow sat on the Programme Development Group which not only in itself was a significant development and recognition of male victims – it also helped to ensure the guidance fully covered the issue off. At some stage we will undertake an analysis of what it means for men and also organisations supporting them. The quote we gave to the media was:
“The full recognition of male victims in these welcome guidelines is a crucial landmark in the way we tackle domestic abuse in this country. The fact it clearly sets out the responsibilities that organisations such as local authorities and the NHS have in recognising and supporting male victims is a huge leap forward. No longer should the hundreds of thousands of men who suffer every year find there is no support for them in their local community.”
It was heartening to see that NICE also gave prominence to the figures about men. We hope it is a real wake up call to the health sector, police and councils to ensure their staff are trained to support and recognise male victims juts as they are female victims. Only then can we move to a country where all victims receive the support and recognition based on individual need and not gender – which still remains the predominant and misguided ideology underpinning much in the domestic abuse sector.
The Office for National Statistics has recently published its updated 2012/13 report and datasets on the British Crime Survey which highlights a range of statistics on domestic abuse amongst a host of other important data.
The ManKind Initiative has collated these and a number of other key statistics into one 25 Key Facts_Feb 2014 (final)
Please feel free to download and circulate.
Some key facts are:
- 38% of domestic abuse victims are male: for every five victims, three will be female, two will be male
- 4.4% of men were estimated to have experienced domestic abuse in the last year, equivalent to an estimated 720,000 male victims
- 1% of men and 1.4% of women were victims of severe force at the hands of their partner during 2012/13.
- More married men (1.5%) and cohabitating men (4.0%) suffered from partner abuse in 2012/13 than married women (1.3%) and cohabitating women (3.4%)
- Male victims (29%) are nearly twice as likely than women (17%) to not tell anyone about the partner abuse. Only 10% of male victims will tell the police (27% women), only 22% will tell a person in an official position (38% women) and only 10% (15% women) will tell a health professional.
Tomorrow, Mark Brooks from the ManKind Initiative will be speaking about male victims of domestic abuse at St Hilda’s College, Oxford.
This is part the St Hilda’s annual festival on promoting discussion and gender equality. The full programme is here:
HildasFest Programme 2014