PCC helps secure extra funding to support male victims of domestic abuse
MALE domestic abuse victims are to get better support after a successful bid for extra funding by the county’s police and crime commissioner.
PCC Marc Jones was a leading voice amongst a group of colleagues who successfully secured an extra £380,000 from the Home Office.
In the year ending March 2018 more than 6,260 cases of domestic abuse-related incidents were reported to Lincolnshire Police – making up nine per cent of all offences recorded.
Data provided by the Office of National Statistics shows that nearly a third of victims are men.
The joint bid was made to the Male Victims of Domestic Abuse Fund – created to increase support for male victims of domestic abuse at a national level.
The funding will support five new projects:
• Training sessions in Lincolnshire for professionals working within the field of domestic abuse.
• Free online training for police officers and statutory agencies
• A free national web portal with live service information including refuge and safe house vacancies
• The creation of new national standards to support consistent delivery of support for male victims which Marc Jones endorsed recently in a speech to industry experts in the House of Lords
• The launch of a new national awareness campaign, under the UKSAYSNOMORE banner, encouraging men to come forward.
“Society has come an awful long way in its recognition of, and determination to eradicate, violence of all kinds against women and young girls,” said Mr Jones.
“As a father with a young daughter I recognise the huge steps that have been made to improve the recognition of violence against women and girls and the services needed to tackle the issue."
“But it is also crucial that we highlight and tackle the suffering of the thousands of men who endure the horrors of domestic abuse and support them to escape and heal."
“I am delighted I have been able to bring extra funding to our county to confront these challenges and hope we can make a real difference to the many lives blighted by this issue.”
“I would urge all victims and survivors of any form of domestic abuse to come forward and report it to the police and end the cycle. Whether physical, financial or psychological it is never ok for you to be subjected to abuse and the support services I fund are here to help.”