While a small number of Safe Ireland members services work with women and men, the vast majority work specifically with women and children. Safe Ireland understands that males/men experience violence in their homes and reject intimate partner violence as unacceptable in all instances. There are specialist organisations dedicated to working with men who are victims of domestic violence.
Men are survivors
While the majority of incidents of domestic and sexual abuse are carried out by men against women, men are also survivors of abuse – by both men and women.
Men who are victims often suffer an added societal stigma because they are seen as weak if they come forward. If you, or someone you know, is at risk of abuse from a male or female partner, there are specialist organisations to support you (see contact details below).
Men were once boys
You may have witnessed domestic abuse and coercive control as a child. Growing up in a household with domestic abuse and coercive control can have significant impacts on a child’s developmental progress. Although children may have been removed from abusive situations the result of living with domestic abuse can have a lasting impact throughout the life cycle. (Buckley et al., 2006). Research has also indicated that in homes with severe physical abuse, sons are at more risk of child abuse than girls. If you experienced violence as a child, support is available.
Men’s Development Network
Male Advice Line 1800 816 588
Men’s Aid Helpline 01-5543811
Rape Crisis Network Ireland