Men’s ‘safe house’ forced to close due to lack of funding

The men’s human rights movement is working ever more effectively on an international basis, particularly with respect to sharing ideas and information. And so it is that I thank a leading father’s rights activist in Sweden for sending me a story about the closure of a Men’s ‘safe house’ in Canada, due to lack of funding. It was the only one of its type in the whole of that vast country:

http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/03/20/privately-run-shelter-for-male-victims-of-domestic-abuse-forced-to-close-its-doors-due-to-lack-of-funding/

Among the areas of our consultation document which have raised the most interest is the area of domestic abuse / violence (‘DA/DV’). 21 ‘key facts’ about DA/DV were publicised recently by The Mankind Initiative  http://www.mankind.org.uk following a good deal of research. The charity supports male victims of DA/DV and is well worth supporting:

http://www.mankind.org.uk/donations_bequests.html

Almost all of Mankind’s ’21 key facts’ are backed up by statistics from the Office for National Statistics. The following link is to our consultation document, which also includes the URLs of the ONS information sources. DA/DV is covered on pp 7 – 9.

http://j4mb.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/130320-j4mb-consultation-document.pdf

40% of DA/DV victims are men assaulted by their female partners. While the state finances 4,000+ places in refuges for women, there are only 15 places for heterosexual men. So men constitute 40% of victims and receive just 0.4% of state funding. Which is yet another assault on men who have suffered enough, especially given that men collectively pay 72% of the income tax receipts of the state.

About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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