- All male victims of domestic abuse (and their children) are supported to enable them to escape from the situation they are in.
- To ensure recognition and support for male victims is fully integrated and mainstreamed in society’s view of domestic abuse and in the statutory and non-statutory delivery of domestic abuse services.
- Provide direct help and support for male victims of domestic abuse and domestic violence.
- Actively encourage other voluntary and statutory services to acknowledge the incidence of male domestic abuse, to view domestic abuse as gender neutral* and to provide adequate levels of support to male victims.
- Raise public awareness and act as an advocate for the issue of male victims of domestic abuse (and their children).
The charity does not believe that domestic abuse should be defined as a gendered crime or should be viewed as being gendered in nature – it should be defined as a crime – as it is both legally, and, in terms of equality and human rights. This is on the basis that recognises that men and women can be both perpetrators and victims in heterosexual and same-sex relationships. The view that domestic abuse is a gendered crime is old-fashioned and non-inclusive. It does not reflect the diversity of domestic abuse victims in the UK today and seeks to minimise the experiences and support for male victims and victims from the LGBT+ community .
We believe in a gender-inclusive and gender-informed approach to responses, services and support to victims that are able to reflect the gender differences in the experiences and barriers that some victims face (the majority of experiences and barriers are the same for victims from all genders).
Ultimately, victims of domestic abuse should receive, as the primary consideration, support and recognition based on their individual risk and need. Factors such as gender, race and sexuality are all important but not as important as their primary consideration as an individual.
The charity undertakes a number of core activities:
- We run a helpline manned by trained team who provide practical information, signposting and emotional support on all aspects of domestic abuse. The helpline receives 1,400 telephone calls every year from male victims or concerned friends, family (often mothers and sisters) and work colleagues. We also receive 200 calls from the police, councils, support services and the legal profession.
- We provide support services and information to statutory agencies, professional organisations and the voluntary sector. This activity includes training, presentations, a national conference, a directory of services (called the Oak Book), information on how to create services and a referral service. The charity has a qualified Independent Domestic Violence Adviser.
- We give a voice to male victims (and their children) to raise the public profile of their plight and to call for adequate services and recognition at national and local level. This includes producing research, responding to government consultations, running campaigns, speaking to professionals, media appearances and supporting academia, students and politicians.
Our direct and support services are managed by qualified Independent Domestic Violence Advisers and meet sector standards such as:
- National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence Domestic Violence and Abuse Quality Standards (QS1116): Guidance
- Telephone Helplines Partnership
Our public policy and communications activity is managed by a qualified professional who is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.
Committees and Panels
The charity has members who sit on the following committees and panels:
- National Institute of Clinical Excellence: Quality Standard Committee on Domestic Violence
- Office for National Statistics/Home Office – Domestic Abuse Statistics Steering Group
- CPS and Director of Public Prosecutions’ VAWG stakeholder group (male victims)
- The Law Commission Domestic Abuse Consultative Group
- Home Office and Department of Health Consultation Groups
- Public Health England and National Employers’ Domestic Abuse Initiative Advisory Group
- CPS Local Involvement and Scrutiny Panel: South West
- North Somerset Domestic Abuse Forum
- Somerset Domestic Abuse Forum
- Chorley Homicide Review
We are also work alongside a number of other organisations.
The ManKind Initiative fully supports the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Domestic Violence and Abuse Quality Standard (QS116)
All of our services meet the Quality Standard.
We support and endorse the UK SAYS NO MORE campaign
Facilitated by Hestia – the UK SAYS NO MORE campaign involves a broad coalition of advocacy and service organisations, leading corporations, media companies and major advertising, branding and design firms.
The charity is also a proud member of the Men and Boys Coalition
We are also supporters of the Employers Initiative on Domestic Abuse
Our one day training course is CPD accredited
We are members of the Telephone Helplines Partnership
In the past the charity has sat on a number of other (some now defunct) committees, these include:
- National Institute of Clinical Excellence: Public health guidance committee on domestic violence and abuse
- Ministry of Justice’s Relationship Breakdown Group
- North East Hampshire DAF
- Surrey MARAC