The ManKind Initiative regularly works with the media (press, TV, radio and online) to highlight the issues facing male victims of domestic abuse and can supply an experienced spokesperson (Chairman, Mark Brooks OBE), statistics and case studies (notice needed for case studies, if possible).
For key policies and campaigns, including briefings on the Domestic Abuse Bill, please visit here.
The Office for National Statistics figures show every year that one in the three victims of domestic abuse are male equating to 699,000 men in 21/22 (1.671m women).
One in 6-7 men and one in 4 women will be a victim of domestic abuse in their lifetime.
Of domestic abuse crimes recorded by the police, 25% were committed against men.
Only 4.7% of victims of domestic abuse being supporting by local domestic services are men according to SafeLives data. This highlights how few men are being supported for local domestic abuse services.
66% of the men who call the ManKind Initiative helpline have never spoken to anyone before about the abuse they are suffering and 64% would not have called if the helpline was not anonymous.
Currently in the UK (1 June 2023) there are 43 organisations with 302 refuge or safe house spaces available for men (99 dedicated for men and 203 for men or women). These figures are hugely skewed by one organisation with 37 spaces. If these were removed, the spaces would be 42 organisations with 265 places. The median number per organisation is 4 spaces
Half of male victims (49%) fail to tell anyone they are a victim of domestic abuse and are two and a half times less likely to tell anyone than female victims (19%).
11% of male victims (7.2% women) have considered taking their life due to partner abuse. The charity has seen an increase in calls regarding suicide ideation over the pandemic period and beyond.
In 2021/22, 18 men died at the hands of their partner or ex-partner compared to 60 women. For men, it is the highest figure since 2008/09 and doubles that from 2019/20. It is one man every three weeks.
March 2021: Statement on conviction of Emma-Jayne Magson for killing James Knight: “We are very pleased that this deserved second conviction for murder has been reached against Emma-Jayne Magson. Our thanks to the jury, Leicestershire Police and the CPS. Our thoughts are with the female family members of James who have shown great strength throughout. We have been appalled at Justice for Women who continue to portray a twice-convicted murderer as the victim and attack James who lost his life. It was bad enough at the trial that the QC they support attacked the integrity of his mother and previous men she had attacked.”
August 2020: Successful complaint to Office for Statistics Regulation about the Home Office use in the Statutory Guidance (Domestic Abuse Bill / Act) of the word “vast” to describe the difference in the numbers of women and men perpetrating domestic abuse. The Statutory Guidance stated “Domestic abuse most commonly takes place in intimate partner relationships. The vast majority is perpetrated by men against women…” The Office for Statistics Regulation decision was to support the ManKind Initiative complaint and therefore not allow the Home Office to use the word in the description.