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More support for male victims of domestic violence
A man who survived an abusive relationship at the hands of his ex-girlfriend is starting a support group to help other male survivors.
Chris Macleod from Brighton hopes to raise awareness of male domestic violence victims and tackle stigma surrounding the issue.
The first time the 27-yearold’s ex-girlfriend was aggressive towards him he put his hand out in self defence, in an attempt to hold her back, and was then convicted of common assault.
He said: “After that it just became regular when she was attacking me but because of the punishment I received I felt I couldn’t defend myself.”
Mr Macleod was admitted to hospital on seven occasions.
Once he needed four stitches above his right eye after she threw a wine bottle at his head.
When he tried to leave his partner she became aggressive and he was forced to call the police.
His ex-girlfriend was cautioned by police for common assault and it was then that he realised the lack of support for men.
He said: “One of the officers who turned up actually turned round and said in a kind of patronising way ‘are you sure you are willing to take this to court’, as if I shouldn’t have been wasting their time.
“I just felt completely disregarded and belittled in a way and just let down really.
“I can’t help thinking that if it was the other way round that she wouldn’t have been asked the same question.”
Mr Macleod now hopes he can raise awareness of male domestic violence towards heterosexual males and remove some of the stigma surrounding the issue.
While there is help and support available for female victims through Brighton charities such as RISE, there is currently no such help for men.
Mr Macleod added: “Domestic violence seems to be an issue that is treated as something that only happens to women, but I can’t be the only man who this has happened to.
“If I can just help one person who has been through what I went through then it will be worth it.”
Mr Macleod has set up a website http://mercuryinternational.wix.com/malevictims.
Anyone interested in getting involved should contact Mr Macleod at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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