LETTER: Violence - men are victims too, but help is scarce
With regards to White Ribbon Day on November 25 which will involve asking people to sign a pledge to 'never commit, excuse or stay silent about male violence against women'.
As a woman I cannot and will not support this event. Violence is not a gendered issue and men can also be victims of abuse and violence. There are far more refuge places open to women than men and men are not considered a priority for re-housing, even when they have left an abusive relationship. Help for female victims is not perfect but for men is almost non-existent. Violence and abuse can also affect gay/lesbian relationships but this is also not reflected in the current campaign as it currently reads.
I will only support this event when it recognises ALL victims of abuse and violence.
Further information about support for male victims can be found at www.mankind.org.uk and www.staybraveuk.org amongst others.