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UK’s first domestic abuse service for South Asian men to launch officially in two weeks’ time

Men Reaching Out, a service for South Asian men who have been the victim of domestic abuse, launches at Prestige Hall in an official ceremony in two weeks' time.

The UK’s first domestic abuse provision for South Asian men is set to officially launch in a grand ceremony in two weeks’ time.

Men Reaching Out (MRO), a project created by Humayun Islam BEM, Chief Executive at BEAP Community Partnership, in Manningham, is thought to be the first of its kind in Britain.

Mr Islam and other members of BEAP have been quietly working with men going through domestic abuse since 2017, but the chief executive launched MRO in September after identifying a growing need, and a gap of provision, for vulnerable men in Bradford.

Humayun Islam, Chief Executive of BEAP.

Due to Covid-19 and timing schedules, MRO had to delay its launching ceremony until now, with it scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 22 March at Prestige Hall, BD3 9JP, starting at 11am.

Mr Islam said: “We are holding an official launch for MRO at Prestige Hall in about two weeks to raise awareness about the provision.

“The reception to MRO since we launched in September has been positive. We have had organisations signpost men to us, and men coming to us directly. There is a massive need for male domestic abuse provision and the project seems to be growing.”

He added: “I don’t think there is anything like MRO in England or across the UK, we are the only provision for South Asian men going through domestic abuse. It is still at an early stage, but it has been fantastic so far. Men are continuing to come forward and we want to make widely known.”

Male victims are over twice as likely as women to not tell anyone about the partner abuse they are suffering from.

Statistics from ManKind, a national initiative that helps men escape domestic abuse, show that 13.2% of men over sixteen have been a victim of domestic abuse at some point in their life, equivalent to 2.2m men.

The statistics also reveal that male victims are twice as likely than women not to tell anybody about the partner abuse they suffer, with only 10% of victims reporting to the police.

The number of women convicted of perpetrating domestic abuse has more than quadrupled in the past ten years from 806 between 2004 and 2005 to 4866 between 2014 and 2015. Additionally, one in every five victims of forced marriage is a man.

Since September, the hotline has received an average of around seventy calls from men from across the Bradford district per month, with over forty referrals coming in.

 The helpline is open 10am – 3pm, Monday to Thursday or you can email the service at menreachingout@beapcp.com.

If you don’t get answered the first time, please try again. The service provided is confidential unless there is a life-threatening situation, or a child or adult is felt to be at risk of significant harm.

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