Male victims of domestic abuse to get more support

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Males victims of domestic abuse will have access to extra support after a Sheffield charity secured £25,000 in funding.

The Sheffield Domestic Abuse Outreach Service will use the money to fund the salary and costs of a men’s outreach support worker over two years.

The cash award was made by the Lloyds TSB Foundation.

Sarah Cox, SDAOS manager, said: “We welcome the funding as it comes at a time when we are experiencing a large increase in the number of male domestic abuse referrals.

“One in six men will be a victim in their lifetime but they are five times less likely to report their abuse than women.

“The funding will contribute to providing support through the role of the men’s outreach support worker to help male victims to rebuild their self esteem and gain independence.”

SDAOS works with men and women who are experiencing domestic abuse, or who have left an abusive relationship.

The men’s outreach support worker provides practical and emotional support to victims.

Pat Greenwood, of Lloyds TSB Foundation, said: “SDAOS is an example of one of many Sheffield-based charities that the foundation supports with core cost funding to enable it to continue to provide vital services to the community.

“We have further funding available and welcome interest from others.”