Increase in number of men seeking assistance from domestic violence charity Amen

There has been a significant increase in the first half of this year of men seeking assistance from Amen, a charity that supports victims of domestic violence.

4 September 2012

There has been a significant increase in the first half of this year of men seeking assistance from Amen, a charity that supports victims of domestic violence.

Amen director Eugene Wogan said there has been a 34% increase in the number of callers to its helpline between January and June this year.

The annual report recorded a slight decrease in the number of men seeking assistance in 2011 compared to 2010.

Last year, the Navan-based charity recorded a total of 4,303 contacts from men wishing to discuss abuse by their wife or partner. This was down from 4,683 in 2010.

Three quarters of those who contacted the helpline said they were being verbally and psychologically abused.

Amen said that 69% of men who made contact were married.

The majority of the contacts came to the organisation through the helpline.

The types of abuse include physical, verbal, psychological, financial and sexual.

Mr Wogan also said that the stereotype of abusive men and women victims in cases of domestic abuse remained prevalent in the media as well as Government and family support services.

Source: rte