National Annual Conference

The ManKind Initiative Annual Conference (“Supporting Male Victims of Domestic Abuse”) is the country’s premier conference for practitioners wanting to find out how to better support male victims of domestic abuse and their children.

Our 2019 Annual Conference (details below) saw 100 professionals from around the country come together in Bristol  to focus on male victims. It was another huge success and the seventh annual conference we have held

We are currently planning for our 2020 conference (likely to be in the north of England) in November.

If you would like to receive information as soon as it is available, please email

Thank you



Seventh National Conference on Male Victims of Domestic Abuse

 “Supporting Male Victims of Domestic Abuse”

 Thursday 14th November 2019 

Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel

Redcliffe Hill,

Bristol, BS1 6SQ

10 minutes walk from Temple Meads Station

(Registration 9am – Finish 4.30pm)

Sponsor: To Be Confirmed

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

Three survivors will speak candidly about their experiences – what happened to them, what support they received and how they have rebuilt their lives.

Other speakers 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 including new research on male victims of coercive and controlling behaviour.

This conference has places for over 100 delegates (over 100 attended the conference in Manchester last year). The conference has six CPD Points.

The conference also meets the NICE Quality Standards on Domestic Abuse.

Who should attend

This is a conference aimed at professionals who work with domestic abuse victims/survivors or wish to, and, academics/researchers.

These roles include 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 and 2018,  delegates said that the conference would help them in their role, specifically:

  • Hearing directly from survivors.
  • Helping them create or improve services.
  • Enhancing their understanding of the emotional needs and support of male victims.
  • Access to the latest 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

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
  • Male victims of coercive and controlling behaviour
  • Running a refuge/safe house for male victims
  • Running services and a helpline for male victims
  • Societal attitudes towards male victims
  • Running communication campaigns aimed at male victims

Confirmed Speakers

  • Survivors: Alex Skeel, Paul Chivers and Tim
  • Professor Nicola Graham-Kevan: Professor of Criminal Justice of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire
  • Dr Elizabeth Bates: Senior Lecturer in Applied Psychology, University of Cumbria
  • Dr Ben HineSenior Lecturer in Psychology, University of West London
  • Lori Busch IDVA: Charity Manager, The ManKind Initiative
  • Marilyn Selwood IDVA: Services Associate, The ManKind Initiative
  • Helen Connell, Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service
  • Lyndsey Dearlove/Sarah Winterflood, Hestia and #UKSAYSNOMORE

Conference chaired by Mark Brooks OBE and Paul Chivers


  • £55 student delegate rate
  • £90 per delegate for (non-housing association) voluntary/third sector/private individuals and £250 for three delegates.
  • £110 per delegate for statutory agencies, housing associations and private sector and £300 for three delegates.

 Booking Form

Booking forms for the conference can be found here:

Conference Booking Form (2019)

General Enquiries

Please email

 Conference sponsorship opportunities:

Please contact Mark Brooks (Chair) via email

 For stands and further information:

Please contact or call 01823 334229

The charity is a supporter of the national UK Says No More Campaign: