Men are not alone as victims of domestic abuse
As part of our Make a Stand campaign we’re exploring how it can be difficult for men who are experiencing domestic abuse to speak out or be heard.
Domestic abuse can be any pattern of bullying and controlling behaviour as well as violence, and having to alter your behaviour because of your partner – often men feel worried that if they report it then they will be alone, that people will see them as weak or not a real man or that the law can’t do anything for them.
These are all long-standing myths when in fact we must encourage men not to suffer in silence as victims but to report any abuse and get help.
Domestic abuse can be anything considered:
- Emotional abuse
- Threats and intimidation
- Physical abuse
- Financial abuse
- Sexual abuse
These forms of abuse can damage the lives of everyone involved, especially if there are children involved. Most forms of abuse are crimes and abuse if surprisingly common, statistics indicate that there are significant numbers of men who experience domestic abuse at some point in their lives and many men live with abuse for a number of years before telling anyone or seeking help.
At PCH we’re committed to providing homes and communities where people want to live and feel safe. We take a zero-tolerance approach to domestic abuse and that’s why we’ve signed up to Make a Stand to make sure we’re taking the right approach to tackling this problem for our customers, staff and partners.
Make a Stand was launched in June 2018 as part of the Chartered Institute of Housing’s (CIH) appeal to tackle domestic abuse in association with the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA).
Over the next 12 months we are working to become fully accredited as a housing provider to offer the best support to victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse.
As part of our commitment, front line staff will be undergoing a series of training to be able to spot and report potential domestic abuse in order to safeguard those who live in our homes.