The ManKind Initiative has called for changes to the law regarding domestic abuse which would increase the ‘believability threshold’ for male victims.
In an official submission, the charity backed Home Office proposals to criminalise “coercive and controlling behaviour in relationships”.
The ManKind Initiative believes such a change would benefit male victims as they are more likely to be victims of coercion and controlling behaviour than stereotypical physical violence when in an abusive relationship. Criminalisation would encourage both statutory agencies such as the police and society at large to recognise male victims, the charity claims.
In addition, criminalisation of coercion and control would make it easier for the authorities to recognise the use of false allegations and threats to cut off contact with children as a form of abuse.
The ManKind Initiative also stressed the importance of all official guidance on domestic violence and abuse containing clear references to male victims and not implying that regulation applies only to women.
The ManKind Initiative is a national charity providing help and support for male victims of domestic violence and abuse.
Read the full response here.