Scottish men suffering horrific domestic violence at the hand of wivesAugust 25th, 2008 - 5:02 pm ICT by ANI
London, August 25 (ANI): An under-resourced system has left Scottish men bearing their violent partners attacks with nowhere to turn, according to victims and campaigners.
A new organisation called Men’’s Aid Scotland is seeking charitable status to secure funding to provide the counselling and advice services which currently do not exist.
“We are trying to raise the profile but we are finding it very difficult to get recognition. They see women as always being the victims, never the perpetrator, the Scotsman quoted the organiser, Jackie Walls, as saying.
“It is totally unreported. We are trying to flag this up and say ”please see there is a need for services”. We need to do a pilot project and get statistics,” she added.
Jackie said that she took the issue to the Scottish Parliament, and was given a list of numbers of support services.
While two support services were in England, they told Jackie that they only took calls from Scotland out of goodwill as they knew there was nothing available north of the Border.
She also sought help from Jim Tolson, the MSP for Dunfermline West, who wrote to Stewart Maxwell, the Holyrood minister for communities and education, about the issue.
Tolson said that he received a reply telling him there was no need for extra resources.
“There should be an equivalent agency to help men as there is for women and children. I wrote to the minister and got a reply back on 7 May saying there is no need for such a service and it is covered by things like Victim Support. I don”t think that’’s correct and I want to continue to press him and the Scottish Government and get a credible response to this to make sure there is a proper dedicated facility,” he said.
A Scottish Government spokeswoman said that a recent study had suggested there was no need for an agency or refuge with a specific remit to support male victims of domestic abuse.
Jackie, however, believes that between a quarter and one in six men are victims of domestic abuse, depending on which research is subscribed to.
“They deserve the same support as women, ” she added. (ANI)
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