Domestic violence is not gender biased

Domestic Violence

 

 

 

It’s a sad truth that society has constructed the idea that domestic violence is an issue that affects women and only women but this is not the case at all. It has been found that 40% of domestic violence cases are against men, which is something that a lot of people tend to forget.

A recent video by the ManKind Initiative has gone viral in which it shows abuse from both sides and how society reacts to it. The campaign has been dubbed #violenceisviolence. The aim of the video is to show how people react differently when they see a woman being abused by a man vs. a man being abused by a woman.

The ManKind Initiative is a national charity that provides help and support for male victims of domestic abuse and violence. Their mission is to directly and indirectly helps others to support male victims of domestic violence and abuse across the UK and within their local communities.

The objectives of ManKind:

  • Ensuring male victims of domestic abuse and domestic violence receive the help they need.
  • Challenging the lack of recognition and awareness by society.
  • Ensuring that the police, councils, the NHS and the Government provide adequate services and support to male victims at a national and local level.
  • Ensuring that safe houses, services and information campaigns are made available to support male victims.
  • Removing gender politics from the issue of domestic abuse and ensuring that both male and female victims are treated as equals.
  • Ensuring that statutory agencies, in particular, the Government, the police, local authorities, the NHS and the Crown Prosecution Service fully comply with the Gender Equality Duty and other legislation in supporting male victims.

The charity does not believe in the gendered approach may people take when it comes to domestic abuse because this is not appropriate in the 21st century as the incidences of domestic violence against men is very high.  Whether it be verbal, sexual or physical violence among those who you love is never acceptable and we all need to learn to stand together and fight violence, putting factors like race, gender, age and social standing aside. At the end of the day abuse is abuse and #violenceisviolence.

The video was posted by ManKind Initiative for their #violenceisviolence campaign.