Building site workers urge male domestic abuse victims to open up

YOU might not expect men on a building site to talk about their feelings.

But apprentice paviours are supporting Tameside Council’s Open Up campaign to encourage men to seek help if they are experiencing domestic abuse.The message is particularly pertinent in light of three domestic homicide reviews (DHR) which are currently taking place in the borough, where the victims were all men.

Domestic abuse isn’t just violence, it can also involve controlling and coercive behaviour such as controlling someone’s money or preventing them from seeing family and friends.

There is local support and help available for all victims of domestic abuse – both men and women – see or call 0800 328 0967. In an emergency you should always call 999.

The Open Up campaign, which first ran in January 2018, was relaunched by apprentice paviours on January 8.

It is also being supported by Tameside sports clubs – including Droylsden, Curzon Ashton, Mossley and Hyde United football clubs – who are putting up banners and posters at their grounds and adverts in their programmes to reach local men with the message.

There will also be posters and banners in pubs, gyms, leisure centres and sports pitches and digital advertising targeting Tameside men of all ages.

Councillor Allison Gwynne, Tameside Council executive member responsible for community safety, said: “It is unprecedented in Tameside to have three concurrent domestic homicide reviews for male victims.

“We are working with partners to look into the circumstances to see what learning can be found but clearly it is timely to reiterate the message to men experiencing domestic abuse that they can get help.

“It is believed one in six men experience domestic abuse but they are three times less likely than women to tell anybody.

“Male victims may feel very isolated – and sometimes even embarrassed about what they are experiencing – but we want to assure them they are not alone, it’s not their fault and that help is available for all victims of domestic abuse – including men.

“Last time we ran this campaign we saw a huge increase in men calling our support line. We want to highlight that getting help is the strong thing to do.”

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