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Male domestic abuse victims get their own shelters in Netherlands

Amsterdam - Male victims of domestic abuse in the Netherlands can seek refuge in special shelters such as that due to open Tuesday in The Hague by Deputy Health Minister Jet Bussemaker. The four biggest cities - Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht - each received 200,000 euros (255,920 dollars) to provide safe havens for abused men, the ministry said Monday. Each city should provide 10 shelters. Half the total of 40 abused men's homes will be secret shelters. The initiative is a response to increased demand for such homes by abused men who approached various health and social welfare institutions.

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