This Fatherâ€™s Day Cambridgeshire police are highlighting the ways in which male sufferers of abuse can get help.
Police will be using targeted social media activity, including Facebook advertising, to raise awareness of the types of abuse menÂ can suffer and the support available.
As many as one in four men will be a victim of domestic abuse in their lifetime and Cambridgeshire police have specially trained officers to work with sufferers.
Men will often suffer abuse for longer before taking action as they may not immediately recognise that they are being subjected to abuse. It can take many forms including:
Detective Inspector Alan Page from the Domestic Abuse Unit said: “Men will often believe they are to blame and can be embarrassed to speak out, donâ€™t suffer in silence, help and support are available.â€
The force has a DAISU (Domestic abuse investigation and safeguarding unit), to investigate all domestic abuse crimes, as well as a domestic violence desk run with Cambridgeshire County Council Independent Domestic Violence Advisory Service (IDVAS).
The IDVAS team support high-risk victims of domestic violence in crisis, providing support and guidance regarding their immediate safety and the safety of children in their care. This includes: safety planning, assistance with safe accommodation; security within the home; finances; benefits and support through criminal and civil court proceedings.
For support and advice:
PoliceÂ â€“ 101
ManKind InitiativeÂ â€“Â 01823 334244Â www.mankind.org.uk
Menâ€™s advice lineÂ â€“Â 0808 801 0327Â www.mensadviceline.org.uk
National Domestic Violence HotlineÂ - 0808 2000 247
Broken RainbowÂ â€“Â 0300 999 5428Â www.brokenrainbow.org.ukÂ â€“ LGBT domestic violence charity