Reports by men that they are being abused by a partner or ex-partner are at record levels. However, we know that there remains a stigma that prevents some men from reporting. Many others genuinely dont appreciate that their experience IS domestic abuse eg child contact denial without lawful means, threats and intimidation, taunts and provocations,  etc.
 
The following quote comes from the Refuge charity website - a feminist organisation supporting women and children fleeing domestic abuse. 

MEN AND ABUSE  (Refuge website information)
'Seeking help as an abused man can be hard. You may feel there’s nowhere to turn or that no-one will take you seriously. Perhaps you’re ashamed about what is happening or feel like you have done something to deserve it. You may be worried that people will think you are less of a man for ‘allowing’ yourself to be abused.

No-one deserves to be abused by the person they love. You have the right to be respected and live in safety.
You have the same rights as an abused woman. The police will take you seriously and arrest your abuser if there is evidence of assault. He or she can be prosecuted. Other statutory services must also provide support regardless of gender.

Accepting that you are being abused is an important step. The next step is to break your silence and isolation by contacting an appropriate organisation or speaking to someone you trust.' 

UNDERSTANDING THE REALITY OF YOUR EXPERIENCE
We welcome the fact that much work has been undertaken to understand the experience of women who are victims of violence and abuse. There have been fewer surveys about the experience of men. This survey intends to close the knowledge gap around the experience of men as victims / survivors.

WHAT IS 'DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & ABUSE'?
Domestic Violence and Abuse is defined by the UK Government as:
Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:

psychological
physical
sexual
financial
emotional

WHO SHOULD COMPLETE THIS SURVEY?
Men who are or have experienced violence and abuse at the hands of an intimate partner OR family member eg parent / child etc. It is VERY important that men recognise that non-physical forms of abuse eg child contact denial / financial abuse etc ARE included in the Government definition of Domestic Violence and Abuse. 

WHAT IS THIS SURVEY SEEKING TO ACHIEVE?
Improve the understanding of the experience of male victims / survivors of domestic violence and abuse by Government, statutory services eg Police, Health etc. and the Third Sector 

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