Public Sector Equality Duty

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

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ManKind Initiative gives evidence to the Welsh Assembly

Earlier this month, the charity’s Chairman gave evidence to the The Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee who are looking at the Welsh Government’s proposed Gender-based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill.

The charity made a ManKind Initiative Consultation Response and a further ManKind Initiative Consultation Response (Follow Up) submission following the hearing.

The evidence session can be seen here ( start at 1 hr  32 mins 55 secs) and also the transcript can be seen here (start at paragraph 215).

The substantive points made were:

 

  • To focus on female victims of these crimes, and not all victims, would relegate men (in heterosexual and same-sex relationships) and their sons and daughters to continuing to be second class victims.

 

  • This would have a catastrophic effect on the provision of services through new commissioning/existing delivery, the creation of new services and also the encouragement of men to come forward. This would be because the application of the Law would be female-centric based on gender rather than victim/individual-centric based on need.

 

  • One of the challenges he put was that c90% of men are homeless but no one would rightly dream of renaming the Welsh Homelessness Act 2002, the Male Homelessness Act 2002, so why would the assembly insert the word ‘Women’ into an Act where  the ratio of people suffering is c60-65% women and 35/40% men (I stuck to Home Office figures)?. This gained no traction for unknown or rational reasons.

 

We disagreed with screening for helplines but expected the police, refuge/safe houses and other front-line staff to do so.

Charity issues Welsh Assembly consultation response to ensure the voice of male victims in Wales are heard

The Welsh Government have created A Gender-based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill and the Welsh Assembly are currently consulting on it – the details and process can be found here. The  Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee i the Welsh Assembly have been tasked with reviewing the Bill and set out a public consultation.

We submitted a ManKind Initiative Consultation Response response and are appearing before the committee on October 2014.

The charity is supportive of the Welsh Government’s Gender-based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill in principle and recognises that it is a step forward in ensuring the victims of these crimes receive the protection and support they need.

However, the charity believes there are a number of issues that will need to be addressed to ensure that in Wales, all victims of these crimes receive the protection and support they need. A law that supports victims of domestic abuse is supported, but often from the charity’s experience, the application of law in terms of the provision of services for male victims, is lacking.

These issues, include:

(i) recognising and accepting that domestic abuse is not a gender-based crime. It is therefore vital that the part of the bill’s title entitled “Gender-based Violence” is recognised and interpreted as being separate to “domestic abuse”. An answer could be to rename the Bill on an alphabetical basis: Domestic Abuse, Gender-based Violence and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill.

 

(ii)  if forced marriage and honour-based violence are viewed as being gender-based crimes, then how will male victims of these crimes be equally recognised and supported as female victims of these crimes?

 

(iii) ensuring national and local strategies fully recognise male victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence and that the strategies explicitly address the needs of male victims. This also includes service commissioning, staff training and awareness raising.

ManKind congratulates Suffolk PCC for male victim funding

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.

 

 

 

8,800 men suffer from domestic abuse in Croydon each year

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.