The ManKind Initiative has sent a letter (Mr Tim Passmore (3 Aug 14) to Mr Tim Passmore, the Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner for providing a grant for male services in the county and also to urge him to ensure that the provider of his new county-wide domestic abuse service includes male victims.
Male victims can also take part in his, and University campus Suffolk’s research project.
Do you want help end domestic abuse against men?
The ManKind Initiative (www.mankind.org.uk), a ground breaking national charity supporting male victims of domestic abuse, is seeking two new trustees to join its governing board –with professional domestic abuse and/or fundraising experience.
Despite the fact that 600,000 men suffer every year, being a male victim remains one Britain’s last great taboos. Being a trustee will provide a great opportunity to play a pivotal role in changing society, changing public policy and delivering real change to those suffering behind their front doors. With changes in national and local policy, this is a perfect time to become a charity and ensure those changes fully support men and their children.
Following a recent review, the charity has a new three year strategy based on growing its existing services (such as its helpline and national conference) and running more public and policy campaigns to raise awareness. All aimed at achieving its vision of ensuring men are supported in escaping from domestic abuse and ensure that recognition and support for them is fully integrated and mainstreamed. This is particularly important in the statutory and non-statutory delivery of domestic abuse services.
The two new trustees will bring their professional expertise, knowledge and experience to support the charity to deliver its vision and strategy – and help men and any children they have start a new life
To apply, please forward a CV and covering letter to Mark Brooks, Chair of Trustees at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.