James Knox is the Project Co-Ordinator at the Men’s Advisory Project (MAP), an organisation whose aim is to support and assist male victims of domestic violence in Northern Ireland. Here, James provides a guest blog telling us about the services MAP offers:-
There is a growing awareness that it is not just women who can be victims of domestic abuse and partner violence.
PSNI statistics for the year 2014-2015 show that there were 3,107 male victims of a domestic abuse crime in Northern Ireland. There were 67 domestic homicides recorded by the PSNI between 2005/06 and 2014/15 – 36 women and 31 men lost their lives to current or former partners or family members during this period.
Many men who are the victims of domestic abuse can find it difficult to get support. It can also be hard for men to acknowledge the abuse and talk about their experiences. This silence could be due to a number of reasons, including love for a partner, embarrassment or shame, concern for their children and fear of not being taken seriously or perhaps being blamed.
At the Men’s Advisory Project, we provide a confidential counselling, information and referral service for men experiencing domestic abuse or the pressures of a breakdown in a relationship.
We provide counselling services for all men experiencing domestic abuse. We can provide support and help men understand their options and make their own choices and decisions.
We also offer support and counselling services to men who have previously left a violent or abusive relationship and who are still experiencing the effects.
Information & Referral
Whilst we do not provide advice, we can provide men with information and signpost them to other organisations that can help them; these include a number of voluntary, community and statutory bodies.
Anger Management Work
We also offer a range of services to both men and women who want assistance and support to deal with their anger. These services are available to those who wish to understand powerful emotions, cope better with stress in their lives and adopt more appropriate behaviours for healthy relationships.
We also provide awareness-raising sessions, such as speaking at conferences or stands at events on male victims of domestic abuse and the issues they face.
We offer our services across Northern Ireland and work to help end domestic abuse.
For more information on the services we offer and the support we can provide you with, please get in touch. You can call us between 9am – 5pm to either our Belfast office (028 9024 1929) or Foyle office (028 7116 0001) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t suffer in silence. Get the help and support you need with MAP.
James Knox, Project Co-Ordinator
Men’s Advisory Service, 5th Floor Glendinning House, 6 Murray Street, Belfast, BT1 6DN