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Tim Hitchins' Blog

Domestic abuse support for men

June 16, 2018

Slightly different post today. Here's a fun comparison of two graphs.

As some background, this is google's relevant definition of "refuge"[1]:

"an institution providing safe accommodation for women who have suffered violence from a spouse or partner."

And here it is from[2]:

"A refuge is a safe house for women and children escaping domestic violence. The address is confidential and no men are allowed in the building."

While not blatantly saying it, these definitions do imply that either men do not suffer domestic abuse, or they do not require refuge spaces. This is pretty horrifying.

If you are a woman in an abusive relationship, please call the National Domestic Violence Helpline[3] on 0808 2000 247. This line is open 24 hours per day.

If you are a man in an abusive relationship please call the Men's Advice Line[4] on 0808 801 0327. Avaliable 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Or call the ManKind Initiative[5] on 01823 334244. This line is open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

In an emergency call 999.


Men's rights Domestic Abuse UK ManKind

Additional Information

Here is a google search for "abuse hotline uk". Let's analyse the results:

  1. Looks promising, but it's women only when you open it.
  2. Clearly women only.
  3. Statistics on domestic abuse.
  4. The first link to give some information to men - specifically the 9-5 number in the post.
  5. Women only.
  6. Also looks promising but is also women only (again).
  7. Has the same info as 4 - linking us to the wonderful 9-5 line.
  8. Under 18s only
  9. The same as the 4th and 7th - although it mistakenly presents the National Domestic Violence Helpline as being available for men.

And for a little more context, here's the "National Domestic Violence Helpline". One would reasonably expect it to support both men and women - given the name! However, here's their webpage:


Tim Hitchins (timtjtim)

Hi, I'm Tim, and I'm a Computer Science student in my 1st year at University. I live in the United Kingdom, and post on Facebook, bringing matters which I feel deserve more attention to light. This can be anything from current affairs and human rights abuses to burger bun pack sizes and my mango juice drink consumption.

I'm starting this blog to be an archive of my Facebook posts. Hopefully self-hosting my blog will protect from future government restrictions on Facebook content - or even Facebook closing down.