Male victims the focus ahead of Domestic Abuse Awareness Week

16 November 2017

A Plymouth domestic abuse service is calling for more awareness of male victims of the crime, as it prepares to launch a week of events.

The week immediately follows International Men’s Day.

A Plymouth domestic abuse service is calling for more awareness of male victims of the crime, as it prepares to launch a week of events.

Sanctuary Supported Living’s (SSL) Plymouth Domestic Abuse Service (PDAS) is raising the issue for International Men’s Day, which takes place on Sunday 19 November.

International Men’s Day will also be followed by Domestic Abuse Awareness Week from Monday 20 to Friday 24 November, which will see the service host a range of information stands across the city.

One in six men will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime and PDAS itself has seen 239 men referred for domestic abuse support over the past 12 months, compared to 158 the previous year.

Of that 239, only 15 took up the support available and completed it – a further two clients are still receiving help.

SSL local service manager Katy Fisher said: “There still appears to be an assumption that victims of domestic abuse are female and perpetrators are male. I think it’s important to highlight that this is not always the case.

“The majority of men we have supported have been in relationships, whether heterosexual or same sex, but there is certainly a stigma in relation to male victims of female perpetrators.”

PDAS works with police, council and other domestic abuse agencies to provide the support needed for both male and female cases of domestic abuses.

Its main service can be accessed by anyone, regardless of gender, and it also operates a number of safe houses, which can be accessed by fathers with children.

Katy added: “This is about raising awareness and making sure both agencies and the general public know who we are and where we are. We want to make sure men know they have as much access to support as women.”

This is about raising awareness and making sure both agencies and the general public know who we are and where we are. We want to make sure men know they have as much access to support as women.

Katy Fisher, Local Services Manager

PDAS will be offering information to anyone who would like to learn more about the advice, help and protection they can provide at the following venues during Domestic Abuse Awareness Week:

  • Monday 20 November to Wednesday 22 November, 9am to 5pm
    • The corner of the sundial, near House of Fraser
       
  • Thursday 23 November, 9am to 8pm
    • The corner of the sundial, near House of Fraser
    • ASDA, Leypark Drive, Estover: 9am to 8pm
       
  • Friday 24 November, 10.30am to 1.30pm
    • Derriford Hospital (outside the restaurant, Level 7), Derriford Road, Crownhill, Plymouth.

For more information on the support PDAS can offer, call 01752 252033, email pdas@sanctuary-housing.co.uk or visit https://www.sanctuary-supported-living.co.uk/find-services/domestic-abuse/devon/plymouth-domestic-abuse-services-pdas.

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