Yesterday I attended the second National Conference for male victims of domestic violence, hosted by Mankind Initiative http://mankind.org.uk. A most interesting day, and the 120 people who attended now know about J4MB and our interest in this subject.
One of the presentations was a very moving account by a survivor of DV, Ian McNicholl. A most inspiring man, he was left registered disabled after his partner attacked him with a hammer. She received a jail sentence of seven years and was released after just 18 months. Ian was the prime advisor to Coronation Street with respect to the DV suffered by one of the leading characters, Tyrone.
Two of the most interesting presentations were given by the psychologists who’d appeared earlier in the day on Woman’s Hour, and given a very good account of themselves. The audio file has just been loaded onto our YouTube channel:
It was a most interesting discussion, even if preceded by a truly nonsensical statement by the presenter about the relative incidence of DV suffered by men and women. The psychologists were Dr Nicola Graham-Bevan (University of Central Lancashire) and Dr Erica Bowen (Coventry University). This is the well-received presentation which Dr Nicola Graham-Kevan gave to the Mankind Initiative conference later in the day:
It’s only possible to attend such events, make people aware of who we are and what we do, and provide literature, because of donations from supporters. If you’re able to help us meet some of our campaign costs, we should be truly grateful. The link’s here:
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