About Us

The ManKind Initiative was the first charity in Great Britain to support male victims of domestic abuse (registered in 2001). Since then, we have been at the forefront of providing services and support for male victims and campaigning to ensure that male victims receive the support they need from other organisations.

Our aim is to ensure all male victims of domestic abuse (and their children) are supported to enable them to escape from the situation they are in. We are gender inclusive in our view so we want all female victims (and their children) to escape too.

The charity’s principles are based on the Small Charities Governance Code and its values are Responsive, Inclusion, Integrity and Confidence.

We provide a range of services directly to men such as an anonymous national helpline that any man, anywhere can call us. We also support others to provide services for men so we run a one day training course, a national conference and a directory of services. We also give male victims a public voice by campaigning for them, sitting on Government and other committees and giving presentations around the country.

We employ four members of part-time staff to operate the help-line and rely on a small team of volunteers to run the charity.  Three of the team are qualified Independent Domestic Violence Advisers (IDVA) and two have Domestic Abuse Services Manager qualifications. We currently receive no funding for our helpline from trusts or grant-making bodies so we rely on the kind generosity of the public to provide this vital service.

Find out what we do in more detail here.

Our views on a range of matters can be found in this Policy Briefing  and  Policy Statement.


Mark Brooks OBE (Chairman)
Dr Elizabeth Bates
Lori Busch (IDVA)
Paul Chivers
Dr Ben Hine
Jon Service
Dr Sarah Wallace (IDVA)
Cllr Roz Willis

Honorary Patrons

Paul Chivers
Lord Cotter
Ann and Derek Goodchild
Clive Lever
John Penrose MP
Erin Pizzey
Sara Westle
Ian Young


Ian Young
Kieron Bell
Simon Smith
Sara Westle
Paul Chivers
Alex Skeel

Donation site

Virgin Money Giving 




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YouTube Channel

ManKind Initiative channel


The charity is funded by donations from members of the public  and company donations for its helpline alongside grants/fees for training.

It has in the past been funded by:

  • HM Treasury, Chancellor of the Exchequer to deliver domestic abuse support to the Armed Forces.
  • The Home Office to provide training to police forces across England and Wales.

The ManKind Initiative fully supports the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)  Domestic Violence and Abuse Quality Standard (QS116)

Quality Standard


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 (we were members of its advisory committee on developing the toolkit) of the Employers Initiative on Domestic Abuse

Our one day training course is CPD accredited

We are members of the Telephone Helplines Partnership

Registration Details

Registered Address: Flook House, Belvedere Road, Taunton, TA1 1BT

Registered Charity No. 1089547

Company Registration No. 3869893

Our Charity Commission page which include our accounts can be found here

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