A campaign to raise awareness that men can be victims of domestic abuse has been developed by the Cwm Taf Morgannwg Safeguarding Board, in collaboration with the Cwm Taf Morgannwg VAWDASV (Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence) Steering Group.
This was in response to a recommendation from a Domestic Homicide Review into the death of a man in the Cwm Taf area due to domestic violence.
The campaign, which has been named “Any Man Can…” aims to highlight the issue of domestic abuse against men and to raise awareness of where they can go for information, advice and support in Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil and Bridgend.
The statistics show that:
- One in every six men will be a victim of domestic abuse in their lifetime.
- Over 500,000 men suffer abuse from their partner.
- One man per fortnight is killed by a current or ex-partner.
(Office for National Statistics (ONS) report 2017/18)
Despite these figures, domestic violence and abuse against men is believed to be an under-reported crime and this is often due to barriers such as fear of not being believed or being accused as the perpetrator, embarrassment at talking about the abuse, and feeling 'less of a man'. “Any Man Can…” aims to help to break down these barriers and encourage victims to get the help, support and practical advice that is available throughout Cwm Taf Morgannwg.
Men have exactly the same rights as women to be safe in their own homes. All public services have a duty to provide their services to everyone, whatever their gender or sexual orientation. . Men are protected by exactly the same laws as women — anyone who has assaulted another person, regardless of the gender of either, can be prosecuted.
Any Man Can…be a victim of domestic abuse.
Any Man Can…access support.
If you are experiencing domestic abuse and need someone to talk to for support and guidance, please get in touch.
Rhondda Cynon Taf
Mobile/Text Service - 07539 170396
Live Fear Free (24 hour helpline)
0808 80 10 800
If you are experiencing domestic violence and you need emergency help, phone the police on 999.
You are not alone.
Posted on Thursday 9th July 2020