National conference on male victims of domestic abuse

“Surviving Domestic Abuse: Experiences, Services and Solutions”

Wednesday 14th November 2018

(09:30 to 16:30)

Venue: Premier Meetings Manchester (Piccadilly), 72 Dale Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 2HR

Why attend

One in every six men in Britain will suffer from domestic abuse in their lifetime whilst one in every three domestic abuse victims are male. There is a growing need to ensure men and their children receive male-victim friendly support and responses from organisations in the statutory, private and third sectors – at a local, regional and national level. This includes ensuring statutory, safeguarding and equality obligations are met.

This is the sixth national conference the charity has held. Delegates will hear from a range of survivors, professionals and academics working across the domestic abuse sector.

They will  highlight how you can help ensure male victims and their children in your local community escape. This includes setting up male-victim friendly services and public communications campaigns through to explaining the experiences and barriers these victims face. The academics will also set out their latest research findings.

This is the sixth annual conference (all previous five have been sold out) with places for over 100 delegates. The 2017 conference was CPD accredited (six points) and we are awaiting for confirmation for 2018.

Who should attend

Those working in community safety, public health, social services, domestic abuse, the legal system (police, solicitors, CPS, probation), adult & children safeguarding,  public health, housing associations, health service, victim support, anti-social behaviour, men’s health & welfare, equality & diversity, voluntary/third sector, students, academics & researchers.

How the conference will help your role?

In 2017, 95% of the delegates said that the conference would help them in their role, specifically:

  • Hearing directly from survivors.
  • Help them create or improve services.
  • Enhancing their understanding of the emotional needs and support of male victims.
  • Access to research and statistics.
  • Enhancing their understanding of the barriers victims face.
  • How to provide refuge or safe places for male victims
  • How to scope male victim service provision and requirements.
  • Supporting male victim pattern changing

The content of the conference meets the NICE Quality Standards on domestic abuse.

Sessions will include:

  • The lived experiences of male victims and their children
  • Pattern changing for male victims
  • Running a refuge/safe house for male victims
  • Running a drop in service and helpline for male victims
  • Female perpetrators of domestic abuse
  • Societal attitudes towards male victims
  • Running communication campaigns aimed at men

More topics to come

Speakers (Confirmed)

  • Ian McNicholl (Conference Chair), Domestic Abuse Survivor and ManKind initiative Ambassador
  • Dr Elizabeth Bates, Senior Lecturer in Applied Psychology , University of Cumbria
  • Dr Ben Hine, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of West London
  • Dr Sarah Wallace IDVA, Research Associate, University of Cardiff
  • Paul Chivers, Domestic Abuse Survivor and ManKind Initiative Ambassador
  • Alex Atkinson, Services Manager, SafeNet
  • Mark Brooks, Chair of the ManKind Initiative and Communications Professional
  • Lori  Busch IDVA, ManKind Initiative Charity Manager
  • Marilyn Selwood IDVA, ManKind Initiative Services Manager
  • Ally Fogg, Journalist

Costs and Booking Form

  • £50 student delegate rate
  • £85 per delegate for (non-housing association) voluntary/third sector/private individuals and £235 for three delegates.
  • £100 per delegate for statutory agencies, housing associations and private sector and £265 for three delegates.

Booking Form – Word and PDF

Leaflet – Conference leaflet 2018 (final)

For enquiries, please contact or call 01823 334229

 Conference sponsorship opportunities:

Please contact Mark Brooks (Chair) via email

 For stands:

Please contact or call 01823 334229

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