Supporting Male Victims of Domestic Abuse
A number of local authorities, charities and other organisations have joined forces to promote the ‘Any Man Can Be a Victim of Domestic Abuse’ Campaign across Wales. The campaign is designed to support male victims of domestic violence and abuse by raising awareness of the services available to male victims across the regions. Read more about the campaign here.
For those unaware of the issue of domestic abuse suffered by men, the statistics are surprising:
- One in every six men will be a victim of domestic abuse in their lifetime.
- Over 500,000 men every year suffer abuse from their partner.
- One man per fortnight is killed by a current or ex-partner.
Men experiencing abuse usually find it difficult to access support for a number of reasons. These include the fear of not being believed or a lack of trust in the services on offer. Some feel that, by reporting the abuse, their masculinity will be challenged or they may be reluctant to be identified as a victim due to feelings of shame or embarrassment. Other are afraid of losing access to their children or fear of further reprisal in the form of violence from the abuser.
Support for Male Victims by Calan DVS
Last year alone, Calan DVS supported 95 male victims of domestic abuse through our community services and through the delivery of the Compass Programme. This is a specialist resource designed to help male survivors recover from their experience following self-acknowledgement of having been the victim in an abusive relationship. It provides a unique opportunity for men affected by domestic abuse to share their experiences with other victims in a safe and supportive environment
Our Compass Programme is made up of 13-micro-sessions, led by an experienced facilitator in a group setting with other survivors. The programme covers several different topics including:
- Recognising and understanding domestic violence & abuse.
- Stereotyping and perceptions of domestic violence & abuse.
- Post-Separation Abuse.
- The effects of domestic abuse on Children.
- Domestic violence & abuse law.
- Healthy future relationships.
We also run a range of Peer Support Groups for men who have suffered from domestic abuse and violence to meet with other men who have had similar experiences to them. Each of our peer support groups offer a warm, welcoming, friendly and space as well as opportunities to reduce isolation, learn new skills and work together.
Guidance for Men in an Abusive Relationship
If you are a male victim of domestic abuse or domestic violence, you are not alone. Getting in touch with support organisations is the first step. The aim of organisations like Calan DVS is to provide a platform for men who have, up until now, been afraid or reluctant to take the first step in getting information or having someone to speak with.
In addition to the support offered by the ‘Any Man Can Be a Victim of Domestic Abuse’ campaign, the support teams at Calan DVS can offer the first point of contact for any male domestic abuse victims by calling one of the numbers below: