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Dedicated entirely to supporting male victims of domestic abuse.

We can give you free, confidential advice and support if you are a man experiencing, or are at risk from, domestic abuse, and are living in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland.

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Our support is tailored to an individual’s requirement. This could mean face to face conversations, video calls, phone calls or email communication.  

Information and advocacy can be provided on issues such as:

  • Keeping safe
  • Housing options  
  • Welfare benefits
  • Legal issues
  • Budgeting
  • Tenancy sustainment
  • Signposting and referrals to other agencies

Questions and answers.

What is domestic abuse?

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Domestic abuse incorporates a range of behaviours, including:

Physical – this can be punching, slapping, biting, kicking, choking or any other act used to cause physical harm and fear.

Emotional – abuse involves the destruction of the victim's self-worth, and is brought about by persistent insult, humiliation, criticism, yelling, name calling or isolation.

Sexual – non-consensual acts within a relationship.

Stalking and harassment – stalking is defined as "persistent and unwanted attention that makes you feel pestered and harassed. It includes behaviour that happens two or more times, directed at or towards you by another person, which causes you to feel alarmed or distressed or to fear that violence might be used against you."  Repeated contact from a perpetrator can rise from harassment to the level of stalking, when the contact made is designed to gain power over a person and cause fear and intimidation.

Financial – this involves a perpetrator using or misusing money, which limits and controls their partner’s current and future actions and their freedom of choice. It can include using credit cards or obtaining credit without permission, stealing or withholding money, restricting you to an allowance or making you account for every penny you spend.

Coercive control – coercive control is a criminal offence and is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim. Examples include monitoring your time or use of technology such as your phone or computer, depriving you of access to support services, humiliating, dehumanising, or degrading you and making threats or intimidating you.

Can men be victims of domestic abuse?

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Yes. Anyone can experience domestic abuse - it can happen in all kinds of relationships regardless of age, race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, wealth, and lifestyle.

Who can use this service?

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Any male aged 18 years or over living anywhere in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland, who is experiencing, or is at risk of, domestic abuse can access support from the ADAM Project.

Who can be an abuser?

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The abuser can be a partner, ex-partner, any family member or a carer.

Do you only support straight men who are being abused by female partners?

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No. We provide support and advocacy to ALL men, regardless of whether they identify as straight, gay, bi-sexual or transgender. We also support men where the perpetrator(s) is family as opposed to a partner.

Can a man be a victim of forced marriage?

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Yes. forced marriage is a marriage in which one or both spouses do not consent to it. This is an abuse of human rights.

Can a man be a victim of honour-based violence?

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Yes. This could be perpetrated by your own family or the family of a partner or spouse and occurs when the actions of an individual are perceived by their, or their partner’s, family to have damaged its reputation.

Contact us.

Domestic abuse against men is much more common than you might think. If you have experienced abuse, please do not be afraid, embarrassed or ashamed to contact us. You are not alone and there are people ready to listen and believe what you say.

You can make initial contact by phone, text, Whatsapp, email or social media and we will then discuss the best way for us to support you.

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