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New Domestic Violence and Abuse Act must give full and equal recognition for male victims

 

 

New Domestic Violence and Abuse Act must lead to full and equal recognition for male victims 

 

 

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister that she is planning a major programme of work leading towards bringing forward a Domestic Violence and Abuse Act, Mark Brooks, Chairman of the ManKind Initiative, a national charity supporting male victims of domestic abuse, said:

 

“We welcome the news that the Prime Minister has decided to make ending domestic abuse a real priority as we need to hasten changes in the support given to victims and in helping them become survivors with successfully rebuilt lives.

 

“It is vital though that there is a real step change in supporting and recognising men, who make up one in three of all victims, if this policy and law is going to keep all those affected by domestic abuse safe. This also includes men fleeing domestic abuse who also need to escape with their children.

 

“Men currently suffer from a lack of recognition and acceptance in Government policy which then leads to a lack of services and funding at a local level, and, a failure to change public attitudes. This has to change. We need the principles of fairness, inclusion and equality to apply to men, as well as women escaping from domestic abuse.

 

“A clear example of where things have to change is where it is current Government policy to record and class a crime of domestic abuse against a man as being a crime against a ‘women and girl’. This effectively treats men as second class victims and renders them invisible. This marginalisation of male victims cannot continue, so we call on the Government to make sure the new policy and law is fully inclusive and equal.”

 

ENDS

Notes to Editors

 

  1. According to the Office for National Statistics, 4.4% of men in 15/16 and 7.7% of women stated that they have experienced domestic abuse in 2015/16, equivalent to an estimated 716,000 male victims and 1.27 million female victims. For every three victims of domestic abuse, two will be female, one will be male.

 

Source: Office for National Statistics (British Crime Survey) – Focus on violent crime and sexual offences, England and Wales: year ending Mar 2016: http://bit.ly/2kqolyb

 

  1. The Government’s “Ending Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy” includes tackling all crimes such as domestic abuse, sexual abuse, sexual violence, stalking and “honour based” crime – even if the victims are in fact male.

 

For example, the footballers who were sexually abused when they were younger are, according to Government Policy and the Crown Prosecution Service, classed as being a victim of a crime against a Women and Girl.

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/strategy-to-end-violence-against-women-and-girls-2016-to-2020

 

 

About the ManKind Initiative

 

The ManKind Initiative (www.mankind.org.uk), based in Taunton, Somerset, is a national charity which runs a help-line, information and referral service for male victims of domestic abuse and domestic violence. The help-line number is 01823 334244 (weekdays 10am-4pm).

 

It received 1,500 calls from male victims (or from people on behalf of victims – often mothers and sisters) every year.

 

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Journalists requiring further information please Mark Brooks on 07834 452357 chairman@mankind.org.uk

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ManKind Initiative calls on NICE to ensure quality standards are applied to male victims

The National Institute of Clinical Excellence produced a consultation on quality standards in the health service with regard to domestic abuse.

The ManKind Initiative’s response focussed on ensuring that  male victims were identified as an under-represented group  and therefore should be considered as a group under the Equality and Diversity sections of the standards.

The response is here: ManKind Submission

ManKind Initiative Write to UK Statistical Authority to Protect Integrity of the Reporting of Domestic Abuse Statistics

Two weeks ago, the CEO of Women’s Aid and Professor Marianne Hester had a meeting with the UK Statistical Authority over how they collect and publish domestic abuse statistics. This was reported in the Daily Telegraph. In response, Ian McNicholl, a male survivor of domestic abuse and ambassador for the ManKind Initiative had an article published in the Daily Telegraph in response. In it he made clear that Women’s Aid view was wrong in prioritising the gender of an individual over the needs of an individual was wrong

Following this, the charity itself wrote to the UK Statistical Authority. The pdf of the letter is ManKind Initiative letter and the text below.

Sir Andrew Dilnot

Chair of the UK Statistics Authority

1 Drummond Gate
London
SW1V 2QQ

 

 

cc

John Pullinger, the National Statistician

Ed Humpherson, the Director General of Regulation

 

24 June 2015

Dear Sir Andrew Dilnot

Domestic Abuse Statistics and Male Victims

I am writing on behalf of the ManKind Initiative, a national charity that supports male victims of domestic abuse and one that believes all victims of this crime are supported based on their need and risk not their gender. This is in line with crime, domestic abuse and equalities legislation in the UK.

The charity noted with some concern recent reports1 in the media that Professor Sylvia Walby, professor of sociology at Lancaster University, and, representatives from Women’s Aid charity had met you in early June 2015. This was with regard to how the Office for National Statistics (ONS) measures domestic abuse incidents.
We would strongly urge that even in the event of the statistical measures in this area are reviewed, the primary statistical report and research for intimate partner violence remains the annual publication of the “Focus on Violent Crime and Sexual Offences”. For 2013/14, these figures were published in February 2015 and the specific section is Chapter 42 .
 

Victim proportions: female and male

The charity believes that these figures provide enhanced transparency and more consistent picture of the pattern of domestic abuse (and in particular partner abuse) in the UK than figures reported by police forces.

In general and consistently over more time, this research shows that proportionally for every victims of partner abuse, two will be female and one will be male. This contrasts with the statistics from English and Welsh Police forces3 that show that only one in five victims who report to them are male. This disparity can be explained partly by the fact that only 10% of male victims of partner abuse, as opposed to 27% of female victims, inform the police they are victims.

This is reported in Chapter 4 of the Violent Crime and Sexual Offences, 2012/134 and highlights the far higher level of under-reporting by male victims. This therefore translates into the gap between the anonymous ONS surveys 2 4 and the police reported figures3. By deduction by just using police force figures alone, this would also further translate into fewer overall volumes of incidents being reported for male victims. As volumes of incidents are a fundamental premise of Professor Walby’s research this may have the knock on affect of further under-reporting the true level of male victimhood. I have been unable to ascertain whether Professor’s Walby’s research takes into account male victim under-reporting.

Of further concern is that Chapter 4 of the Focus on Violent Crime and Sexual Offences, 2012/134 (and previous years) does highlight the number of incidents that women and men suffer: 8% of men who had been victims of partner abuse in 2012/13 had endured six or more incidents that year, as did 13% of female victims. This means that the emotive point made by missing ‘incidents’ in the media coverage is indeed recognised by the ONS.

Numbers of people not numbers of incidents

The charity’s view is that the numbers of victims of domestic/partner abuse and the statistics produced in Chapter 4 of the Focus on Violent Crime and Sexual Offences2 4 must continue to be the primary statistical report and research for this area of crime. These figures have been consistent for over a decade and because of the anonymised nature of the survey, we feel they more accurately portray the level of partner abuse in the UK. It is the experience of the charity that many men do not report to the police because they fear (wrongly) they will not be believed and/or they feel a sense of shame in doing so. Being able to report anonymously means these barriers are removed to the same extent which is why maintaining this report is so vital.

The article on this matter in the Telegraph1 by the Chief Executive of Women’s Aid would suggest this campaign and accusation could be politically and ideologically motivated and an attempt to marginalise the statistical recognition of male victims. This marginalisation would cease with immediate effect the growing realisation in this country that both women and men are victims of domestic/partner abuse. Our ambassador and survivor of domestic abuse, Ian McNicholl, has set out his view in a subsequent Telegraph5 article which you may find of interest in setting out why numbers of people is more important than the numbers of incidents.

In conclusion, we do not believe that the Office for National Statistics’ reporting of domestic/partner violence is inaccurate and that we would urge you to ensure the numbers of victims of intimate partner violence remains the key indicator of domestic/partner abuse in the UK.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Yours sincerely

Mark Brooks

Mark Brooks

Chair of Trustees

The ManKind Initiative

chairman@mankind.org.uk

1:         Domestic abuse could not be further from gender neutral. Wake up Britain (Polly            Neate, CEO Women’s Aid: Telegraph – 11 June 2015, http://bit.ly/1e29eH3)
2:         Crime Statistics, Focus on Violent Crime and Sexual Offences, 2013/14: Published by the Office for National Statistics (12 February 2015)
3:         ManKind Initiative: FOI statistics on the gender breakdown of victims reporting to             English and     Welsh Police forces (January 2012 to June 2014)  –             https://mankindnews.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/male-victims-police/
4:         Crime Statistics, Focus on Violent Crime and Sexual Offences, 2012/13: Published by the Office for National Statistics (13 February 2014)
5:         We need to help victims of domestic abuse, whatever their gender (Ian McNicholl, ambassador ManKind Initiative: Telegraph 22 June 2015,- http://bit.ly/1THRHVh)

Only 4% of People Using Clare’s Law (Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme) Are Men

Mankind Press Release final

Press release

01 June 2015

 

Charity reveals significant underuse of the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (“Clare’s Law.”) by men.

 

Following Freedom of Information requests (see annex 1) to police forces, the ManKind Initiative charity has revealed that of those (22) who could supply the data by gender only one in 25 (4%) of requests to the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (“Clare’s Law”) were made by men. This is despite the fact that on average one in five (20%) victims of domestic abuse1 who report to the same police forces are men thereby proving that they do not believe the scheme is open to them.

The aim of the scheme (introduced in March 2014) is to provide anyone with a formal mechanism to make enquiries about their partner if they are worried that they may have been abusive in the past.

Research by the charity shows that between its introduction on 8 March 2014 and 5 January 2015, of those 22 police forces who could supply the data broken by gender it was only used by 64 men (4%) and 1,547 women (96%). In five police forces no man had used the scheme (Staffordshire, Lincolnshire, Cambria, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire).

The charity raised concerns2 in the 2011 government consultation that the over-use of the term “Clare’s Law” would lead to men thinking this scheme was not available to them. To address this, the charity wants local Police and Crime Commissioner to ensure that everyone in their area including domestic abuse professionals fully understand it is available for men to use as much as for women. All publicity, information and training about the scheme is referred to as “The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme”, not just “Clare’s Law” and that both female and male victims are referred to.

 

Ian McNicholl3, domestic abuse survivor and honorary patron of the ManKind Initiative, said:

“Had it been available to me, why would I have taken advantage of this scheme  whilst I was been victimised if I thought it was just for women?  It is similar to asking pensioners “Why are you not going on a Club 18-30 Holiday?”  The clue is in the often-used title. This life changing legislation is  available to men right across England and Wales and they should be encouraged to come forward and seek help from the Police.  Don’t be like me, please make the request to the police, alternatively, speak to friends and family and ask them to make the request on your behalf

Mark Brooks, chairman of the ManKind Initiative, said:

“It is great news that so many women have used the scheme but given that so many men are also victims of domestic abuse as well, it is concerning that so few are asking for information. It is vital that men, family members, friends and neighbours are also aware they can use it as the figures clearly show this needs to be addressed and can be done so with better publicity.”

The Home Office reports that male victims (29%)3 are nearly twice as likely as women (17%) to not tell anyone about partner abuse. Only 10% of male victims will tell the police (27% women).

ENDS

Notes to Editors

 

  1. 1. ManKind Initiative FOI responses on number of men and women reporting to         police forces between January 2012 and June 2014:     https://mankindnews.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/male-victims-police/

 

  1. ManKind Initiative response to government consultation (2011) http://www.mankind.org.uk/pdfs/Mankind%20Clares%20Law%20response%20final.pdf
  1. 3. ONS BCS Focus on Violent Crime and Sexual Offences 2012/13 http://tinyurl.com/nb4xga; Table 22 on Appendix Table: http://tinyurl.com/qgxb7xg

 

  1. 4. Ian McNicholl is a domestic abuse survivor. His partner was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2008. Since that time, Ian has campaigned across the UK to ensure the voices of male victims are heard and that services are provided.

 

  1. about the ManKind Initiative

The ManKind Initiative (www.mankind.org.uk), based in Taunton, Somerset, is a national charity which runs a help-line, information and referral service for male victims of domestic abuse and domestic violence. The help-line number is 01823 334244 (weekdays 10am-4pm and 7pm-9pm).

It received 1,600 calls from male victims (or from people on behalf of victims – often mothers and sisters) every year.

 

  1. 6. Media

Journalists requiring further information please contact Ian McNicholl on 07505 509283 and hullcitytiger40@yahoo.co.uk and Mark Brooks on 07834 452357 chairman@mankind.org.uk

Annex 1: Statistics

POLICE AUTHORITY MALE

2014

FEMALE 2014 MALE 2015 FEMALE 2015 MALE TOTAL FEMALE TOTAL UNKNWN GENDER
AVON & SOMERSET
BEDFORDSHIRE 26 1 0 27
CAMBRIDGESHIRE 52 0 52
CHESHIRE 0 0 53
CLEVELAND 1 41 1 41
CUMBRIA 10 0 10
DERBYSHIRE 7 48 8 7 56
DEV & CORN 0 0 124
DORSET 0 0 84
DURHAM 1 95 1 95
ESSEX 0 0 106
GLOUCESTERSHIRE 1 17 4 1 21 52
GWENT 0 0
HAMPSHIRE 13 98 13 98
HERTFORDSHIRE 0 0 91
HUMBERSIDE 2 52 1 2 53
KENT 1 106 1 106
LANCASHIRE 1 188 1 188
LEICESTERSHIRE 0 0 86
LINCOLNSHIRE 30 0 30
LONDON
GTR MANCHESTER
WEST MERCIA 10 52 10 52 29
WEST MIDLANDS 4 110 4 110 6
MERSEYSIDE 0 0 196
METROP LONDON
NORFOLK 5 27 5 27
NORTHANTS 4 58 1 4 59
NORTHUMBRIA 3 199 25 3 224
NOTTINGHAMSHIRE 0 0 260
STAFFORDSHIRE 63 0 63
SUFFOLK 0 0 64
SURREY 0 0 86
SUSSEX 0 0 122
THAMES VALLEY 6 46 6 46 2
NORTH WALES 0 0 67
SOUTH WALES 0 0 91
WARWICKSHIRE 23 0 23
WILTSHIRE 0 0 70
NORTH YORKSHIRE 69 0 69
SOUTH YORKSHIRE
WEST  YORKSHIRE 5 97 5 97
TOTALS 64 1507 0 40 64 1547 1589
4% 96%

BBC Seek Male Victims of Domestic Abuse under 35

BBC Programme

 

The BBC is making a documentary about violent young females which will broadcast as part of a gender season on BBC 3 in Autumn/Winter 2015.

 

The film makers hope to include stories of domestic violence, where a women is the perpetrator.  If this is something you can help with then please contact the producer, Fiona, directly on: fiona.blair@bbc.co.uk or 02036140041.

 

The film makers are keen to hear from as many men as possible, especially those in the 18-35 age bracket, who have been affected by female violence.  The deadline is tight as filming will take place in June and July.  If you do get in touch with Fiona all information will be in complete confidence.

30 Key Facts on Male Victims of Domestic Abuse and Partner Abuse

The charity regularly updated its statistics about male victims which are predominantly from the Office for National Statistics.

The latest can be found here: 30 Key Facts – Male Victims (April 2015)

Once again they prove that one in three victims of domestic abuse and partner abuse are male.

Our thanks to Nicholas Bradley for his help in collating these.

ManKind published figures on numbers of male victims going to the police

Following FOI requests from Ian McNicholl, domestic abuse survivor and hon.patron, the charity has published the latest information it has on the numbers of men reporting to police forces across the UK. The period is 2012, 2013 and the first six months of 2014.

Please feel free to use

FOI (01 Jan 2012 to 30 June 2014)A3 (pdf)

FOI (01 Jan 2012 to 30 June 2014) (Excel)

Overall, it shows that in this two and a half year period – 948,528 people reported to the police that they were a victim of domestic abuse – of which 197,574 (20.6%) were men and 753,954 (79.40%) were women.