Our friends at The ManKind Initiative charity is often contacted by the media wanting to speak anonymously to male survivors of domestic abuse. Mark Brooks, the charity’s chair, has sent us this request for any male survivors of domestic violence who want to speak out.
“Our charity is keen to find survivors because highlighting real cases not only helps more men come forward, it also shows them that they can escape from the situation they face behind their front door. This also includes male victims of stalking and forced marriage.
“We have clear rules so that anyone we may put forward to the media has to have been a survivor for at least two years and has been out of the relationship for at least that period and is no longer in contact with their former partner. In addition, they have to be emotionally stable.
“Anyone coming forward would be treated as anonymous (normally the name is changed and no pictures). If a former partner was brought to justice the survivor could be more public if they wanted to but there is never any pressure to do this. The media do handle this issue very sensitively.
“Lastly, I never pass to a journalist someone’s contact details without speaking to the person beforehand and for them to agree. I do this for every request, not just once, but always.
“As I have worked with the media on a professional basis for 20 years ( I am a volunteer at ManKind Initiative) I am used to working with them and as part of the charity’s duty of care I would never do anything that would place a man in a situation where he was not comfortable.
“If you have been a survivor or know someone who is and would feel comfortable in coming forward and help other men find the strength to escape, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if it is safe to do so.”