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Cash for fathers’ help group as PCC reveals only 8% of men suffering domestic abuse report it to police

PUBLISHED: 09:54 03 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:54 03 August 2017

Kent Police is concerned not enough male victims of domestic abuse are reporting the crime

Kent Police is concerned not enough male victims of domestic abuse are reporting the crime

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Dads Unlimited received the funding from commissioner Matthew Scott

A fathers’ help group launched with the help of Kent on Sunday has just won some important financial backing.

Nav Mirza is the founder of Dads Unlimited, and he has revealed the group has been awarded some much needed cash from Kent’s police and crime commissioner, Matthew Scott.

He told us: “We are now working closely with partner organisations, like Victim Support, and Kent Police on the issues around family breakdown, and mental health of dads.

“The group is launching our new campaign from September on Domestic Abuse against Men.

“This will be with assistance from various organisations already working in this area, where women are the victims.”

The PCC has figures that reveal just eight per cent of men are actually reporting abuse as a crime.

Mr Mirza added: “We know it is far higher than this, especially if you include emotional abuse and contact denial of children.

“This is why it is now so important we get the new campaign off the ground with the right people round the table to really get to the heart of this growing problem.

“Men are particularly reluctant to come forward and make an official complaint about the way they are being treated. Many still feel no one will take their case seriously, and could even be dismissed out of hand.

“This is not true and the police have assured us they take each and every complaint of abuse very seriously, no matter what gender is involved.

“We need to speak with this hard to reach section of the population.

“Anecdotal evidence shows we are finding that men are not coming forward because they think they won’t be believed and also that they are ashamed to find themselves in the position of victim.

“It is vital each and every man who finds themselves being abused in any way to speak with us, and we can support them through the whole procedure of getting justice and establishing a route back to a life of normality.”

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