Highways staff help signpost male domestic abuse victims to get support

STAFF in Tameside Council’s highways team are supporting a campaign to open up the conversation about domestic abuse against men.

Local cricket teams recently got behind the council’s Open Up campaign and now council highways staff are highlighting the message that it is okay for men to open up.

They may not look like the type to talk about their feelings but the highways maintenance crew are getting behind the relaunched campaign, which encourages male victims of domestic abuse to seek support.

Last year, only 113 males accessed domestic abuse support in Tameside, compared to 1,224 females.

Highways staff with Cllr Eleanor Wills

Domestic abuse can be controlling and coercive behaviours as well as physical violence.

Councillor Eleanor Wills, Executive Member for Population Health, said: “Male victims of domestic abuse may feel very alone, but one in six men have experienced domestic abuse – that’s at least one person within your sports team, workplace or group of mates at the pub.

“We want to highlight that getting help is the strong thing to do and hope the campaign will reach out to all men – whatever their jobs, interests or backgrounds – and encourage them to open up and get support and practical help.”

Support is available for all victims of domestic abuse, regardless of age, gender or background. Visit www.tameside.gov.uk/domesticabuse for more information or call Bridges 24 Hour Help on 0800 328 0967. You should always dial 999 in an emergency.

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