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Men urged to report if they are a victim of domestic abuse

by Comms Team

It’s important to remember that men can also be victims of domestic abuse, and they are urged come forward if they need help.

In recent days Knowsley Council has been supporting the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (also known as ‘White Ribbon Day’) and the annual 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. While it is predominantly females who experience domestic abuse, men can also be a victim, and they are urged to seek support and reminded they are not alone.  Professionals working in the field understand that abuse does not always differentiate between genders.

Knowsley Council’s specialist Domestic Abuse Team define Domestic Violence and Abuse as:

“Any incident of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.”

The abuse can include, but is not limited to:

  • Coercive Control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence).
  • Psychological and/or emotional abuse.
  • Physical or sexual abuse.
  • Financial or economic abuse.
  • Harassment and stalking.
  • Online or digital abuse.

Click on this link to read our article with more information about what domestic abuse is and the forms it comes in. You can also answer a series of questions that could identify if you are in a controlling relationship.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said:

“Although males only account for a small number of reported domestic abuse victims, violence against anyone is unacceptable – no matter what their gender is. If you are experiencing domestic abuse, our message is clear – you are not alone and we urge you to report your experiences. You don’t have to suffer in silence and there is specialist support available so please speak out and find help.”

Where can I turn for help?

If you, your child, or anyone in the family are at immediate risk of harm, you should contact the police urgently, call 999. If you are not at immediate risk but are concerned, please contact one of the services listed below:

Knowsley Council Safer Communities Service (Specialist Domestic Abuse Service)
Tel: 0151 443 2610

Enquiries.safercommunities@knowsley.gov.uk

Knowsley Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub

Tel: 0151 443 2600

The First Step (Specialist Domestic Abuse Service)

Tel: 0151 548 3333

Website: www.thefirststep.org.uk

Savera UK

Helpline 0800 107 0726

www.saverauk.co.uk

Support is also available through:

  • National Domestic violence Helpline 0808 2000 247
  • Men’s Advice Line 0808 801 0327
  • LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline 0800 999 5428
  • Women’s Aid – Live chat to Women’s Aid