- All male victims of domestic abuse (and their children) are supported to enable them to escape from the situation they are in.
- To ensure recognition and support for male victims is fully integrated and mainstreamed in society’s view of domestic abuse and in the statutory and non-statutory delivery of domestic abuse services.
- Provide direct help and support for male victims of domestic abuse and domestic violence.
- Actively encourage other voluntary and statutory services to acknowledge the incidence of male domestic abuse, to view domestic abuse as gender neutral* and to provide adequate levels of support to male victims.
- Raise public awareness and act as an advocate for the issue of male victims of domestic abuse (and their children).
*The charity does not believe that domestic abuse should be defined as a gendered crime – it should be defined as a crime – as it is both legally, and, in terms of equality and human rights.
The charity undertakes a number of core activities:
- We run a helpline manned by trained team who provide practical information, signposting and emotional support on all aspects of domestic abuse. The helpline receives 1,400 telephone calls every year from male victims or concerned friends, family (often mothers and sisters) and work colleagues. We also receive 200 calls from the police, councils, support services and the legal profession.
- We provide support services and information to statutory agencies, professional organisations and the voluntary sector. This activity includes training, presentations, a national conference, a directory of services (called the Oak Book), information on how to create services and a referral service. The charity has a qualified Independent Domestic Violence Adviser.
- We give a voice to male victims (and their children) to raise the public profile of their plight and to call for adequate services and recognition at national and local level. This includes producing research, responding to government consultations, running campaigns, speaking to professionals, media appearances and supporting academia. students and politicians.
Our direct and support services are managed by a qualified Independent Domestic Violence Adviser and meet sector standards such as:
- National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence Domestic Violence and Abuse Quality Standards (QS1116): Guidance
- Telephone Helplines Partnership
Our public policy and communications activity is managed by a qualified professional who is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.
Committees and Panels
The charity has members who sit on the following committees and panels:
- National Institute of Clinical Excellence: Quality Standard Committee on Domestic Violence
- Office for National Statistics/Home Office – Domestic Abuse Statistics Steering Group
- Director of Public Prosecutions’ EVAWG stakeholder group (male victims)
- CPS Local Involvement and Scrutiny Panel: South West
- North Somerset Domestic Abuse Forum
- Somerset Domestic Abuse Forum
- Chorley Homicide Review
We are also work alongside a number of other organisations including supporting the College of Social Work.
The ManKind Initiative fully supports the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Domestic Violence and Abuse Quality Standard (QS116)
All of our services meet the Quality Standard.
The ManKind Initiative is a member of the Helplines Partnership
In the past the charity has sat on a number of other (some now defunct) committees, these include:
- National Institute of Clinical Excellence: Public health guidance committee on domestic violence and abuse
- Ministry of Justice’s Relationship Breakdown Group
- North East Hampshire DAF
- Surrey MARAC