Men get domestic violence support
A network of refuges for male victims of domestic violence has opened in Northamptonshire.
Privately run and funded by mother and daughter team Dawn Hardie and Rachel Allen, Next Steps Housing Association provides 35 three-bedroom homes across the region with spaces for 105 men fleeing violence and their children.
Ms Hardie said the scheme is the second in the UK, and the first on this scale.
‘There is nowhere for men…and there’s no funding available, no support at all…it’s an uphill battle and we’ve funded it from our own pockets,’ she said.
The association has already received six men, two who had been victims of rape and another who had been hit in the face with a claw hammer.
‘All of them have been hospitalised, they suffer from depression and feel they have failed. They’re all high risk,’ Ms Hardie said.
She explained that she set up the association with her daughter with profits from property development. They carried out research into women fleeing violence and discovered it was also common in men.
‘Government research shows men are 0.1 per cent behind women in suffering from domestic violence, but it seems men only come forward once they’ve been hospitalised,’ she said.
As well as shelter, the refuges give access to support workers, move-on accommodation, and register victims with psychiatric help, dentists, and doctors.