CambridgeshireÂ police are highlighting the ways in which male sufferers of abuse can get help.
The campaign raises awareness of the types of abuse men can suffer and encourages them to seek help and support available to them.
As many as one in four men will be a victim of domestic abuse in their lifetime and Cambridgeshire Constabulary have specially trained officers to work with sufferers.
Detective Inspector Mark Greenhalgh from the Domestic Abuse Investigation and Safeguarding Unit, said: “Men will often believe they are to blame and can be embarrassed to speak out.
“Our message to anyone who recognises the signs of abuse is clear: No more hiding, help and support are available.â€
Men will often suffer abuse longer than women before taking action as they may not immediately recognise they are being subjected to abuse. It can take many forms including:
The force has a Domestic Abuse Investigation and Safeguarding Unit (DAISU), who 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 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:
Cambridgeshire Constabulary â€“ 101
ManKind Initiative â€“ 01823 334244 www.mankind.org.uk
Menâ€™s advice line â€“ 0808 801 0327 www.mensadviceline.org.uk
National Domestic Violence Hotline – 0808 2000 247
Broken Rainbow â€“ 0300 999 5428 www.brokenrainbow.org.uk â€“ LGBT domestic violence charity