Media

The ManKind Initiative regularly works with the media (press, TV, radio and online) to highlight the issues facing male victims of domestic abuse and can supply an experienced spokesperson (Chairman, Mark Brooks OBE), statistics and case studies (notice needed for case studies, if possible).

For key policies and campaigns, including briefings on the Domestic Abuse Bill, please visit here.

Members of the media can call

07834 452357 or e-mail chairman@mankind.org.uk

Key Statistics (as at April 2021)

Key Document (summary below): Male victims of domestic abuse and partner abuse – 55 key facts and statistics

  • The Office for National Statistics figures show every year that one in the three victims of domestic abuse are male equating to 757,000 men (1.561m women).
  • One in 6-7 men and one in 4 women will be a victim of domestic abuse in their lifetime.
  • Of domestic abuse crimes recorded by the police, 26% were committed against men. This equates to c155,000 offences per year.
  • Only 4.4% of victims of domestic abuse being supporting by local domestic services are men according to SafeLives data. This highlights how few men are being supported for local domestic abuse services
  • Over the pandemic period, the charity saw an increase of calls to its helpline by one quarter and visits to its website by 75%.
  • 61% of the men who call the ManKind Initiative helpline have never spoken to anyone before about the abuse they are suffering and 64% would not have called if the helpline was not anonymous.
  • There are 39 organisations with 238 spaces in refuges or safe houses for men – with only 58 of those places are dedicated for men.
  • Half of male victims (49%) fail to tell anyone they are a victim of domestic abuse and are two and a half times less likely to tell anyone than female victims (19%).
  • 11% of male victims (7.2% women) have considered taking their life due to partner abuse. The charity has seen an increase in calls regarding suicide ideation over the pandemic period.
  • Over the past five years (April 2015 to March 20), on average 12 men per year had been killed by a partner or ex-partner (74 women per year).

See the statistics page for more.

Media Coverage of male victims of domestic abuse including cases and examples

Media coverage, publicised research, court rulings and examples of male victims of domestic abuse (2007 to March 2020)

Latest Press Releases / Articles

August 2021: Praise for public response over level of Ofcom complaints about Love Island

July 2021: New research highlights impact of coercive control on UK men

July 2021: ManKind Initiative response to the Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy announcement (The voices of male victims of domestic abuse can no longer be ignored – parallel Intimate Violence Against Men and Boys Strategy needed)

June 2021: Homicide research reveals society ‘blind’ to male victims of domestic abuse

April 2021:The application of the welcome Domestic Abuse Act has to meet “The Male Survivors Test” to ensure it meets the needs of male victims.

March 2021: Statement on conviction of Emma-Jayne Magson for killing James Knight:  “We are very pleased that this deserved second conviction for murder has been reached against Emma-Jayne Magson. Our thanks to the jury, Leicestershire Police and the CPS. Our thoughts are with the female family members of James who have shown great strength throughout. We have been appalled at Justice for Women who continue to portray a twice-convicted murderer as the victim and attack James who lost his life. It was bad enough at the trial that the QC they support attacked the integrity of his mother and previous men she had attacked.”

December 2020: National Quality Service Standards for Male Victims and Survivors of Domestic Abuse Launched

August 2020: Successful complaint to Office for Statistics Regulation about the Home Office use in the Statutory Guidance (Domestic Abuse Bill / Act) of the word “vast” to describe the difference in the numbers of women and men perpetrating domestic abuse. The Statutory Guidance stated “Domestic abuse most commonly takes place in intimate partner relationships. The vast majority is perpetrated by men against women…” The Office for Statistics Regulation decision was to support the ManKind Initiative complaint and therefore not allow the Home Office to use the word in the description.

August 2020: Kent Musician, Clive Lever, composes fundraising song to help male victims of domestic abuse recognise they’re not alone

July 2020: The Shadows Within the Shadow Pandemic: The Rise of Domestic Violence in Lockdown – are some in a greater quarantine? by Maryam Syed, barrister at 7BR

July 2020: “Over 50 women close to male victims and survivors of domestic abuse call on MP’s to make sure their voices are not ignored and marginalised.”

July 2020: Domestic abuse study shows men less likely to be perceived as victims than women

June 2020: ManKind Initiative delighted to coordinate Train to Safety scheme run by Rail Delivery Group

March 2020: New Domestic Abuse Bill – An Opportunity For A More Inclusive and 21st Century Approach To Support Male Victims of Domestic Abuse

February 2020: Statement on Crown Prosecution Service handling of the prosecution of Ms Caroline Flack

June 2019:Parliamentary Report on Domestic Abuse Bill will have the effect of treating male victims of domestic abuse (and their children) as second class

March 2019: Charity supports landmark Government statement on male victims of domestic abuse and related intimate violence crimes

February 2019: Why Abused By My Girlfriend was a watershed moment for male victims of domestic abuse and society

December 2018: Chair of the ManKind Initiative receives OBE, in tribute to the work of the charity, its staff, volunteers, fundraisers, donors, survivors and victims

November 2018: Manchester domestic abuse conference for male victims – “Experiences, Services and Solutions”

October 2018: ManKind Initiative raises concern that Home Affairs Committee view on domestic abuse will marginalise male victims

September 2018: New figures show welcome rise in men reporting domestic abuse to the police – doubling in five years

September 2018: Statement about Celebrity Big Brother (Roxanne Pallett / Ryan Thomas)

August 2018: Domestic Homicide Review (Chorley Council) – David Edwards

Published Domestic Homicide Review (David Edwards)

May 2018: Statement on Outcome of Mark van Dongen case

April 2018: ManKind Initiative supports Alex Skeel’s in his call for men to get help and believe they can escape

April 2018: Landmark Jordan Worth domestic abuse prosecution shows how men are victims of controlling and coercive behaviour too

March 2018: New domestic abuse law must lead to a more inclusive approach with greater recognition and more services for male victims

February 2018: ManKind Initiative hails Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service for opening new refuge

February 2018: New domestic abuse Sentencing Guidelines welcomed especially on gender stereotypes and court orders

September 2017: Fear that Lavinia Woodward sentence reinforces society’s view of male victims of domestic abuse as less than equal

September 2017: Charity hails Crown Prosecution Service public statement as landmark moment for male victims of domestic abuse

August 2017Letter to Sarah Newton MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State: Intimate Violence against Men and Boys: Crime Classification and Strategy

June 2017 – New Domestic Violence and Abuse Commissioner has to believe in an inclusive approach (Telegraph online)

May 2017: Domestic Violence Commissioner must give equal recognition and support to male victims of domestic abuse

May 2017: Judge out of touch on Lavinia Woodward case

May 2017: Charity calls on BBC and producers to apologise and delete the ‘Mammy of the Week’ from All Round Mrs Brown’s episode

February 2017: New Domestic Violence and Abuse Act must lead to full and equal recognition for male victims

February 2017: No London Refuges for Men and Bromley Council’s Contract

ManKind Initiative and male victims in the news

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ManKind #violenceisviolence Video:

Real Men Do Cry Video

Watch Sky News Reviewers think a man being stabbed can be treated as funny and also watch Jeremy Kyle admonish his audience.

Older Press Releases

August 2017: Letter to Sarah Newton MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State: Intimate Violence against Men and Boys: Crime Classification and Strategy

June 2017New Domestic Violence and Abuse Commissioner has to believe in an inclusive approach (Telegraph online)

May 2017: Domestic Violence Commissioner must give equal recognition and support to male victims of domestic abuse

May 2017: Judge out of touch on Lavinia Woodward case

May 2017: Charity calls on BBC and producers to apologise and delete the ‘Mammy of the Week’ from All Round Mrs Brown’s episode

February 2017: New Domestic Violence and Abuse Act must lead to full and equal recognition for male victims

February 2017: No London Refuges for Men and Bromley Council’s Contract

December 2016: Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (Clare’s Law) and male victims – only 6% of men use scheme

December 2016: Police Authorities Press Release Victim Ratios (2012 to 2015)

November 2016: The ManKind Initiative Domestic Abuse Conference 2016

October 2016: Peter Hook’s domestic abuse revelations will help more men come forward and change society’s attitudes

August 2016: “Real Men Do Cry” Documentary Launched by the ManKind Initiative Highlights the Physical and Mental Effects of Domestic Abuse on Male Victims

August 2016: ManKind Initiative opens new drop-in service for male victims in Taunton

August 2016: ManKind Initiative joins the UK SAYS NO MORE campaign

May 2016: Lancashire’s male victims of domestic abuse

March 2016: David Edwards

December 2015: New Law (Serious Crime Act 2015) Heralds New Era Where Domestic Abuse No Longer Needs To Be Seen To Be Believed.

November 2015: Doncaster hosts national domestic abuse conference for male victims: “Experiences, Services and Solutions”

October 2015: Statement on the future of the ManKind Initiative helpline

July 2015: ManKind sign letter to Director of Public Prosecutions

July 2015: Clare’s Law (Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme) – Only used by men on 4% of occasions

June 2015: Ian McNicholl article – treat all victims the same (Daily Telegraph)

September 2014: ManKind criticises lack of criticism of Kelly Brook

May 2014: #ViolenceisViolence Video Launched

May 2013: Soap Awards winner Coronation Street thanked by Charity

August 2012 – More needs to be done to help men come forward

May 2012 – Charity welcomes Corrie’s domestic abuse storyline.

February 2012 – Authorities must do more to help male victims come forward

October 2011: Humberside_final

7 January 2011: Welsh Equalities Commission’s domestic abuse campaign shows it is sitting on its hands when it comes to male victims

14 October 2010: How can their be Justice for all Victims when a Judge calls a Male Victim Weak

16th July 2010: The media’s invisible men: domestic abuse victims

7 December 2007: Superdrug slammed for selling male punchbag

Older Statistics

Media Coverage of the ManKind Initiative, and, male victims of domestic abuse (2007 – Easter 2019)

50 Key Facts about Male Victims of Domestic Abuse and Partner Abuse (March 2020)

30 Key Facts – Male Victims (February 2017) – old

30 Key Facts – Male Victims (Nov 2016) – old

30 Key Facts – Male Victims (Sep 2016) – old

30 Key Facts – Male Victims (Mar 2016) – old

Media Coverage (2006 – 2016) – old

Media Coverage (2007 – 2018)– old