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Support for male victims of domestic abuse (Sussex Police, UK)

Sussex Police are continuing their crackdown on domestic abuse over New Year period, including a focus on male victims.

Over the past two weeks a male-focused advert has been running on the digital screen at Brighton railway station and advertising will also continue to run inside buses across Sussex as well as in advertisements broadcast local radio stations.

Detective Chief Inspector Ali Eaton (pictured above at Brighton railway station) who is leading the campaign, said: “Domestic abuse can have a devastating impact on victims and their families. It is estimated that one in four women and one in six men will experience domestic abuse at some point in their life.

“It is a sad fact that men don’t often see themselves as victims and therefore domestic abuse against men is under-reported. There is a real stigma around this; men often think they will not be believed and may also think they are protecting their children by staying in the family home.

“This is not the case – domestic abuse tends to escalate over time and increasingly involves children, whether they are witness to the abuse or are abused themselves. We urge all men, including those in same sex relationships, who are experiencing domestic abuse to seek support.”

There are specialist services for male victims of domestic abuse nationwide, such as Men’s Advice Line, ManKind and DVmen.

Domestic abuse affects all social groups regardless of age, gender, sexuality, race or religion and is more than just physical violence; it can involve threatening or coercive behaviour, emotional, financial, and sexual abuse.

On Tuesday (December 29) a new domestic abuse offence of Controlling or Coercive Behaviour took effect – recognising the severity of mental, emotional and exploitive behaviour.

Since December 21, dedicated police patrols have been responding to reports of domestic abuse, with 549 reports across Sussex in nine days.

Officers are equipped with body-worn video cameras to help secure vital evidence as part of the force’s year-round campaign to encourage reporting of such incidents.

Last year Christmas and New Year period was once again a peak period for reports of domestic abuse in Sussex, although there was a welcome slight decrease in the number of incidents compared with previous years – 823, down from 940 the previous year.

But at the same time, 305 of those were recorded as specific crimes, an increase of 100 over the previous year and arrests over the period doubled, from 141 to 262.

For advice and support about domestic abuse visit www.sussex.police.uk or call 101 or 01273 470101

If you don’t want to talk to the police, talk to someone.

Safe:Space Sussex provides a directory of local support services: http://www.safespacesussex.org.uk/

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Finally. This is long overdue and needs 100 times more visibility. More than 200 studies have found that women initiate at least as much violence against their male partners as vice versa.

The Harvard study found that when violence was one-sided, meaning unprovoked, both men and the women themselves who took the study said 70% of the time it was the women who committed violence against the men. Screen short of original study before it was removed (Censored)

Domestic violence by women is as big a problem as that by men
More than 200 studies have found that women initiate at least as much violence against their male partners as vice versa. Men account for about a third of domestic-violence injuries and deaths. Research shows women often compensate for their lack of physical strength by employing weapons and the element of surprise

This pdf contains over 160 pages of newspaper articles and Government of Canada statistics based on self reporting studies on family violence which state that men experience domestic violence nearly as much as women and when they complain to police, they are ignored. Men are socially conditioned "to take it like a man!" and not report domestic violence to police, many of whom are indoctrinated with the idea that women are always the victims, no matter what happened.

Here is a study that shows women are just as violent in domestic situations as men. Note the sample size (over 1/3 of a million people) and over 300 references.

January 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Martin

Police abuse has been running rampart in America for decades. Mostly because Americans do not know the law themselves, nor do officers. They are actually breaking the law to enforce policy (police). We have always had inalienable Rights like the Right to Travel, or the Right to Bear Arms; but we consent away those rights under contracts like the drivers license.

April 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSovereign Citizen

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