Training to support male victims of domestic abuse

If you are a police force, local authority, GP consortia, housing association or third sector/voluntary organisation wishing to create a service or enhance how you already support male victims of domestic abuse, the ManKind Initiative charity is committed to providing the support you need.

We have qualified Independent Domestic Violence Advisers (IDVAs), Domestic Abuse Service Managers and a Communications expert who offer a range of training and presentation opportunities specialising in supporting male victims.

Onsite training is available therefore reducing your time away from the workplace whilst maximising the benefits to your organisation.

ManKind Initiative Training Leaflet

Since 2010, we have trained, given presentations or spoken at conferences to over 50 organisations, a number of these are listed at the end of the page.

Our one day course is CPD approved and delegates receive seven CPD points:

Why do you need training?

With one in six men likely to suffer domestic abuse in their lifetime and one in every three victims being male, organisations and practitioners working with domestic abuse victims are realising there is a growing need to ensure men and their children receive the support they need in their local community.

This also includes the need for statutory authorities to comply and meet the duties and requirements of the Equality Act 2010 especially the Public Sector Equality Duty with regard to supporting male victims and their children.

We have a range of options ranging from a full one day training course, to speaking at conferences and giving short presentations.

Contact Us / Find Out More

Please contact us on or call 01823 334229. Email is preferable.

One Day Training Course: Supporting Male Victims of Domestic Abuse

We have a CPD approved basic one-day domestic abuse training course solely on supporting male victims and was developed by:

  • Lori Busch IDVA who has over 30 years experience in supporting victims (15 years specifically with male victims including running the charity’s helpline)
  • Marilyn Selwood IDVA, who has over 15 years front-line domestic abuse experience and is also a qualified domestic abuse services manager
  • Mark Brooks MCIPR, a public policy and communications specialist and is also a qualified domestic abuse services manager.

The course can be delivered onsite, thereby reducing your costs, and as many people as practicable can be trained at the same time. The cost is the same.

The course covers the following modules:

  • Module 1: Introduction, statistics and trends
  • Module 2: Types of domestic and partner abuse against men
  • Module 3: Male victims: lived experiences and barriers
  • Module 4: How they can escape
  • Module 5: How support services should respond
  • Module 6: Creating male victim friendly services, policies and communications
  • Module 7: The signs of male domestic abuse and what you can do (optional – for non practitioners)

Modules 2 and 3 cover the uniquely developed Male Victim Taunton Model (‘The Taunton Model’) which explains the domestic abuse that men face and the some of the different reasons that prevent them from escaping which are different to female victims.

Modules 5 and 6 include setting up helplines, drop-ins, refuge/safe houses and awareness campaigns.

The training also includes videos and if possible, we can arrange a survivor to attend.

The course has been as qualifying for  7 CPD points and we fully support the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Domestic Violence and Abuse Quality Standard (QS116): Quality Standard

Our training services are aimed at supporting organisations in meeting the Quality Standard.

Presentations and Conference Speaking

The charity also gives presentations and speaks at domestic abuse conferences or in one-off sessions for professionals.

We also have ambassadors (domestic abuse survivors) who can speak to front-line staff or at conferences about their experiences as a victim.

For more details see our presentations page.

Please contact or call 01823 334229. Email is preferable.

Our training leaflet can be found here: ManKind Initiative Training Leaflet

 Organisations we have trained and/or given presentations to include:

The Home Office • Armed Forces (Army, Navy, RAF) • Hertfordshire Police • Manchester Police • Leicestershire City Council • Essex County Council • Hafan Cymru • Sevenoaks Council • Bristol Women’s Aid• Men’s Direct Access (Manchester) • ARCH (North Staffordshire) • Manchester Action for the Blind • Loughborough Women’s Aid • Through Care Housing • Next Steps Housing • Caldmore Housing • Kent Police College • Lincolnshire Police • Belmarsh Prison • Somerset NHS • Thames Valley University • Tamworth Council • HM Prison Pentonville • Canterbury Police • South Kensington & Chelsea Mental Health Centre • Financial Conduct Authority • Public Policy Exchange • University of Central Lancashire • Teesside University • National Men’s Psychology Conference • SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity • National Citizen’s Service • National Youth Council •Croydon Independent Girls’ School • Lincolnshire County Council • Suffolk County Council • Unison • Liverpool Domestic Violence Conference • Rotherham Domestic Violence Conference • Harris Academy Greenwich • Southern Domestic Abuse Service • GovKnow • Oxford University • Kent Police • Lancashire Police • Lincolnshire Police • West Midlands Police • Essex County Council • Royal Lancashire NHS Trust • Bromley and Croydon Women’s Aid