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Dads Unlimited launches Male-Victim Domestic Abuse Service

Dads Unlimited, a national charity based in Ashford, Kent has launched one of the first domestic abuse support services of its kind – a male-victim domestic abuse support service for men in Kent and Medway.

DAVE is a Domestic Abuse Victim Empowerment service and will support all men who have been victims of domestic abuse in Kent and Medway, whether they have children or not, and regardless of sexuality.

Domestic abuse is horrific, whichever gender is perpetuating the abuse and it is horrific whether the gender of the victims and survivors is male, female, or other. Dads Unlimited has long campaigned against domestic abuse, and alongside their support for female-victim domestic abuse support services, Dads Unlimited has assistance criteria which means that they proactively will not support perpetrators of abuse and will withdraw mentoring support should any information come to light.

Over the first four years of Dads Unlimited’s mentoring service supporting Dads after family separation, it has been apparent that a large proportion of Dads have faced some form of domestic abuse including physical abuse, psychological abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and financial abuse – around 40% of clients have reported either being a victim or not sure if they have been a victim.

The new DAVE service will be available on its own website – www.SaveDAVE.org.uk and posters and leaflets are being distributed across Kent and Medway to highlight the service and how male victims can access support.

What our current services tell us is that there is an issue around the confidence of male victims to come forward and complain; but with support we hope to address this and raise awareness of an issue which has largely remained invisible

Male victims of domestic abuse in Kent and Medway can call DAVE on 01233 680160 or visit www.SaveDAVE.org.uk for more information.

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