Commissioner encourages male victims of crime to speak out on International Men’s Day
Published: 19 November 2021
Today, Friday 19 November 2021 is International Men’s Day and Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire John Dwyer is urging men to come forward and speak out about their experiences of crime.
Statistics collated by Mankind Initiative, a charity supporting male victims of domestic abuse, showed that 49% of male victims of domestic abuse do not tell anyone they are a victim. The charity’s statistics also highlighted that between April 2015 and March 2020, an average of 12 men per year had been killed by a partner or ex-partner.
John Dwyer, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, said:
“International Men’s Day can be a very powerful tool to empower men to speak out about their experiences. Often men can feel embarrassed to speak out, or that bottling things up is the right thing to do. I want to be clear: It’s always better to talk.
“Men are vastly more likely to take their own lives and male victims are less likely to speak out about certain crimes like domestic abuse and sexual assault. In my Police and Crime Plan I talk about delivering justice for victims, and that entails getting male victims to speak out in the first place. I want to encourage men who have experienced any crime, but especially domestic abuse and sexual assault to speak out. There are services available to help you.”
The three core themes for International Men’s Day are:
Making a positive difference to the wellbeing and lives of men and boys
Raising awareness and/or funds for charities supporting men and boys’ wellbeing
Promoting a positive conversation about men, manhood and masculinity
The themes have been set in order to address issues affecting men and boys including the high male suicide rate, men’s mental and physical health, and the wellbeing of male victims and survivors of sexual violence.
John Dwyer added:
“Having conversations and removing the taboo around men speaking out about domestic abuse and sexual assault is vital.
“In my Police and Crime Plan I have committed to providing more community-based support for victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence through Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVA) and Independent Sexual Violence Advocates (ISVA) schemes. These services are here to support male victims and I encourage anyone who needs help to speak out.”
The Mankind Initiative provides support for male victims of domestic abuse. They have a confidential telephone number 01823 334244 open Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm.