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Domestic abuse and men

You probably feel as if you’re the only man who has ever experienced domestic abuse but that’s not the case. Men suffer too.

1 in 5 reports of domestic incidents are made by men.

Whether you’re male or female the definition of domestic abuse is the same. Men have the same rights to feel safe as women and are protected by exactly the same laws.

Essex Police will not tolerate domestic violence, regardless of gender, and we encourage you to report incidents to us.

If you do you will be treated without prejudice and with the same sensitivity and understanding as anyone else.

Our domestic abuse liaison officers will do all they can to help but until your situation changes don’t be frightened to seek support.


You’re not alone, help is available.

Below you’ll find a list of local and national support organisations that provide information, support and counselling specifically for men living with domestic abuse.

Safer places
Safer places also has a live online chat facility.

Men’s Advice Line
A confidential helpline for all men experiencing domestic abuse by a current or ex-partner. If English isn’t your first language you can phone and ask for an interpreter. 
Advice line: 0808 801 0327 (Free from landlines and most mobile phones)
Open Monday to Friday from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm

Essex Gay Men
Run social groups across mid Essex and Thurrock and offer support around sexual health, domestic violence and hate crime.
Phone: 01245 250256
Text: 07949348820

Download a leaflet about Essex Gay Men.

Phone: 01823 334244
This is a confidential helpline manned from Monday to friday 10am to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm.
Helpline services for deaf or hard of hearing people are provided through Text Relay. Visit for details. Normal BT rates apply.

Broken Rainbow
A helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people experiencing domestic violence.
Helpline: 08452 60 44 60 (Open Monday 2pm to 8pm, Wednesday 10am to 1pm and Thursday 2 to 8pm)
Phone: 08452 60 55 60

The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army runs residential shelters for men.

There is also help available for men who feel they are absuing their partner or ex-partner and would like to put an end to their violent or abusive behaviour.

Essex Change
Essex Change is a community based domestic violence intervention programme for men who want to end their violent or abusive behaviour towards a partner or ex partner.

Phone: 01245 258680 ext 223 or 07872541982


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