Cash to support male victims of domestic violence

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A SERVICE which offers advice and support to high-risk male victims of domestic violence has received a funding boost.

The county council is giving £15,000 a year to Nottinghamshire Domestic Violence Forum for its work with high-risk male victims, which make up around three percent of all high-risk victims.

Rachel Adams, the council’s lead officer on domestic violence, said: “Although men only form a small proportion of high-risk victims, it is important that they have their own targeted service in Nottinghamshire addressing their needs which can be different to those of female victims.

“Male victims are likely to be more financially independent so finding a hostel to escape the abuse is less of an issue. However, the Independent Domestic Violence Advocate will assist men in seeking alternative accommodation by working alongside other specialist housing agencies.”

“As with all victims, a lack of confidence is problem area which this service addresses by organising counselling and support to boost male victims’ self-belief.”

The NDVF project offers specialist advice on safety planning, civil and criminal injunctions, in addition to on-going emotional support.

The project not only supports men in heterosexual and same sex relationships but it also supports those who are suffering abuse from their older children.

Victim Support also offers free and confidential help to lower risk domestic violence victims of both sexes through its helpline.

Male victims can call the Victim Supportline on 0300 303 1947 or Men’s Advice Line 0808 801 0327.