This week, the ManKind Initiative submitted evidence to the Home Office’s consultation on Strengthening the Law on Domestic Abuse.
The substantive points made were that we agreed with the government’s proposals because:
- It will reduce the ‘believability threshold’ for male victims to the same level for female victims. This is broadly because while the statutory sector will recognise physical injuries on a male, they will not so readily accept or recognise non-physical ‘controlling or coercive’ behaviour on a man
- We also believe that the law would help ensure that the threat and use of false allegations and the threat of denying parental contact is fully recognised as a controlling and coercive behaviour. This also includes recognising the continual and purposeful breach of parental contact orders as a form of domestic abuse.