£1m boost for male survivors of domestic abuse

Up to £1m will be given to organisations that support and boys who are victims of gender-based violence, the Home Office has announced as part of a series of measures.

Figures show that 695,000 males suffered domestic abuse last year, 138,000 of whom were sexually assaulted.

The Home Office has published its first cross-government position statement on male victims of crimes, setting out 12 commitments to assist victims and survivors to receive support, encourage more people to come forward and seek help, and bring perpetrators to justice.

The measures include giving £500,000 to specialist support groups and awarding £500,000 to a specialist LGBT domestic abuse organisation that supports victims and survivors.

Ministers have also pledged to give £24m over the next three years for services providing advice and counselling to all victims of sexual violence, including men and boys.

According to research by the Male Survivors Partnership, some men can take over 31 years to disclose their ordeals, partly due to attitudes around masculinity.

Victoria Atkins – the minister for crime, safeguarding and vulnerability – said: “Men can, and do, suffer from crimes such as domestic and sexual abuse.

“It is a horrendous experience that often goes unrecognised and it is heartbreaking that some men feel they cannot report their experiences because of societal views around masculinity.

 

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