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Public Policy and Campaigns
A key part of the work that the charity engages in is to ensure male victims of domestic abuse and domestic violence are treated the same as female victims rightly are.
Part of this work includes responding to consultations, writing letters and taking part in wider campaigns – influencing policymakers, commissioners and think tanks. Research and Statistics can be found in this section.
Our policy statement on a range of issues such as a why domestic abuse is not a gendered crime, a gender inclusive approach to domestic abuse and to domestic abuse commissioning and the need for a Ending Intimate Violence Against Men and Boys strategy can be found in this Position Statement . A full briefing on the Domestic Abuse Bill and other whole system changes can be found here.
The charity worked with both the Crown Prosecution Service and the Home Office in the production of these two male victim statements of “VAWG” crimes:
CPS: Public statement on male victims for crimes covered by the CPS
Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) Strategy (2017)
Home Office: Position statement on male victims of crimes considered in
the cross-Government strategy on ending Violence Against Women and Girls
Our award-winning video #violenceisviolence can be found here and media coverage of male victims can be found .
Our YouTube Channel with lots of videos and recordings and these can be found here
The groundbreaking documentary “Real Men Do Cry” can be found here.
Media coverage of male victims, court cases and examples can be found here
Please click on the paper you would like to read. (Many include the responses received.)
Public Policy, Briefings and Consultation Responses
(for letters, campaigns and complaints – see section further below)
February 2022: Public Policy Summary
February 2021:Stand With Him: Evidence to the Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy (The voices of women who have been personally affected by men who have been, and, many who still are, victims of domestic abuse)
January 2021: Domestic Abuse Bill (House of Lords – Committee Stage) – ensuring the voices of male victims and LGBT+ are heard in the debate.
December 2020: Domestic Abuse Bill (House of Lords – Second Reading) – supporting male victims of domestic abuse.
September 2020: House of Lords Briefing – 2nd Reading of the Domestic Abuse Bill
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
April 2020: Women and Equalities Committee Submission : Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the impact on people with protected characteristics
April 2020: Domestic Abuse Bill 2020 (Second Reading) (A 21st Century and inclusive approach to supporting ALL victims including male and LGBTQ+ victims of domestic abuse)
March 2020: Domestic Abuse Bill 2020 Summary Briefing (Male Victims of Domestic Abuse): A 21st Century and inclusive approach to supporting ALL victims – including male victims of domestic abuse and LGBTQ+ victims of domestic abuse.
March 2020: Domestic Abuse Bill 2020 Full Briefing (Male Victims of Domestic Abuse) A 21st Century and inclusive approach to supporting ALL victims – including male and LGBTQ+ victims of domestic abuse.
January 2020: Letter to Rt Hon Priti Patel MP (Home Secretary): A New 21st Century Approach to Domestic Abuse and the Domestic Abuse Bill – Gender Inclusion and Domestic Abuse is not a Gendered Crime.
June 2019: House of Lords Briefing: Domestic Abuse Debate (6 June 2019)
May 2019: House of Parliament Joint Committee on the Domestic Abuse Bill – Further Submission on behalf of Male Victims of Domestic Abuse (covering male victims in heterosexual and same-sex relationships)
April 2019: House of Parliament Joint Committee on the Domestic Abuse Bill – Submission on behalf of Male Victims of Domestic Abuse
April 2019: Dr Elizabeth Bates’ Submission – House of Parliament Joint Committee on the Domestic Abuse Bill– Submission on behalf of Male Victims of Domestic Abuse
February 2019: House of Parliament Human Rights Inquiry: Domestic Abuse Bill
September 2017: CPS Statement on recognising and supporting male victims of “VAWG” crimes (The ManKind Initiative worked with CPS on this)
July 2017 – Sentencing Council (draft intimidatory offences and domestic abuse guideline): ManKind Initiative response
July 2015 – Nice Quality Standards
October 2014 – Home Office: Strengthening the Law on Domestic Abuse
February 2013 – Welsh Government Consultation
March 2012 –Cross Government Definition of Domestic Abuse
February 2012 – Home Office Stalking Consultation
October 2011 – Response to Bristol city council consultation
January 2010 – Scotland Government Response
February 2009 – Response to Mayor of London’s Equality Framework
Campaigns, Letters and Complaints
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.
May – July 2017 – BBC Complaint: All at Mrs Brown’s (complaint, BBC response, further complaint, BBC response, further complaint)
March 2017 – Baroness Williams (13 03 2017) on inaccurate statistics in House of Lords debate
February 2017 – Bromley Council Letter (17 February 2017) Domestic Violence and Violence against Women and Girls Service
January 2017 – Letter to Police and Crime Commissioners (Violence Against Women and Girls Transformation Fund) Template letter– part of the Men and Boys Coalition submission
May 2016: Complaint to Advertising Standards Authority about BT Infinity Advertisement (Ryan Reynolds)
March 2016 – Signatory to letter to Chief Medical Officer
September 2015: Government Domestic Violence Summit
January 2014 – Complaint to BBC Newsnight
July 2013 – (3) Just Do It
October 2012 – NSPCC / DART Programme complaint and response
June 2012 – Letter to Home Group / Stonham
November 2011 – Response to Clare’s law consultation
January 2011 – Letter to Dominic Raab MP, Male victims of domestic abuse
November 2010 – Complaint to Ken Clarke QC MP on Equal Treatment Bench Book
March 2009 – Correspondence between the charity Parity and the UK Statistics Regulator and CPS over stopping the use of “Overwhelming” when describing the differences in volumes of domestic abuse victims of different genders. Overwhelming is not allowed to be used by a public authority as it is inaccurate. Complaint letter, UK Statistics Regulator response and CPS Response.
May 2008 – Complaint to Association of Police Officers
Art and Music
Jim Corbett: Black and Blue (song)