Lottery backs charity for male domestic violence victims

More than £250,000 has been given to a Cornish charity that helps men suffering domestic violence.

The Esteem website was set up by the Cornwall Women’s Refuge Trust, which said it had supported about 300 men in the last few years.

The Big Lottery Fund has awarded the charity £261,213 to extend the work it does.

Esteem said two out of five victims of domestic abuse were men, with the most prevalent age group being 25-34.

Ken Wilkins, a support worker from the Esteem project, said: “The money will be spent on consolidating the services we already give to men across the county.

“We’re also going to be working with the Big Lottery funding to investigate the feasibility for starting a refuge for men within Cornwall, but it is very much in its infancy.”

There are currently 7,500 refuge beds in the country for women and 60 for male victims.

To find out more about the project visit or see an interview on the BBC by clicking here now.


Glen Poole is UK co-ordinator for International Men's Day, Director at the consultancy Helping Men and news editor of insideMAN magazine. Follow him on twitter @HelpingMen or find out more about his work at

Posted in NEWS, World News On Men's Issues
3 comments on “Lottery backs charity for male domestic violence victims
  1. Nick Woodall says:

    I’m delighted to see that Esteem is getting Lottery funding to support the excellent work they do. I came across posters advertising their services on the Isles of Scilly recently and found good levels of awareness about their work amongst a range of professionals.

  2. […] who have won more than £250,000 from the Big Lottery to help male victims of domestic violence  – click here for the story. Esteem will be represented at this week’s National Conference on male victims of domestic abuse […]

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