As part of the nationwide initiative to raise awareness to end domestic violence and sexual assault, UK SAYS NO MORE are keen to highlight the importance of male support services to challenge stigmas attached with male disclosure and showcasing the different options available for men to find support.
It is vital that awareness is raised around services available for men, as many men feel incredibly isolated and unable to come forward and receive support after experiencing sexual abuse or domestic violence.
Each one of the organisations above has specialist support for males who have experienced or are survivors of abuse. Many of our other non-profit partners provide support to men, all of which you can discover on our partners page.
Domestic violence & sexual assault against men
1 in 6 men will become a victim to domestic violence or sexual assault with only a small number reporting to the police with around 4 million men being affected every year.
Men can be affected by domestic violence and sexual assault in many of the same ways as women, including emotionally, physically, financially and mentally. However there can be additional barriers, such as shame, embarrassment, and a lack of awareness. Many men worry that they may receive a reaction of disbelief, or that blame may even be put on them.
The idea that a man cannot be abused in a relationship, or that a man cannot experience rape and other form of sexual assault are sadly still often perpetuated. This means that many men experiencing violence or assault may choose to remain silent.
Approximately 85,000 women and 12,000 men are raped in England and Wales alone every year; that’s roughly 11 rapes (of adults alone) every hour.(Ministry of Justice, ONS and Home Office January 2013).
With the help and support of our partner organisations, we want to challenge the stigma that men cannot experience domestic violence and sexual assault. We want all men to believe they should not feel embarrassed or think that no one will listen – help and support is available.
Support services for men
Safeline (for men, women and adolescents who have experienced sexual abuse)
0808 800 5008 | main helpline | 0808 800 5005 | male helpline | 0808 800 5007 | young people’s helpline| safeline.org.uk
Survivors UK: (for adult male survivors of rape or sexual assault)
The ManKind Initiative (for men experiencing domestic violence and abuse)
01823 334244 | www.mankind.org.uk
Men’s Advice Line (for men experiencing domestic violence and abuse)
0808 801 0327 | mensadviceline.org.uk
Mankind Counselling (for men who have experienced sexual abuse)
01273 911680 | mankindcounselling.org.uk
Looking for other support services?
Head to our How to Help page for a full list of resources for men, women and young people who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence or sexual assault.
Remember, if you are ever in immediate danger, call 999.
Myths & Realities of Male Sexual Abuse | Survivors UK
30 Key Facts about Male Victims of Abuse | Mankind Initiative
The Impact of Sexual Abuse | Survivors Manchester
Help & Support | Men’s Advice Line
Safeline’s Services For Men| Safeline