As fans of Corrie will know, over the past few months poor Tyrone Dobbs has been at the centre of a gripping story about domestic abuse. His pregnant fiancée Kirsty Soames turns into a monster – who no-one likes when angry – every time Tyrone affronts her, the effect is always the same; total fury. Tyrone makes excuses for Kirsty’s violent temper and manipulative behaviour but he eventually spills all to Tina who finds Tyrone nursing his fresh bruises.
What we are witnessing on our television screens is fictional, however sadly these issues are an every day occurrence in households up and down the country.
It is true to say that social attitudes of domestic violence towards men have improved over recent years however the fact remains that domestic violence is still talked about in a gendered manner.
National statistics reveal that one in six men will be a victim of domestic violence in their lifetime and 29% of men said they were a victim of ‘severe force’. A shockingly high 28% of male victims do not tell anyone highlighting the worrying level of underreporting.
Domestic violence includes physical, psychological, sexual or financial abuse. It happens within intimate relationships as well as between family members. It forms a pattern of bullying and controlling behaviours. It is rarely a one-off event and it tends to get worse over time. Abusers can be very manipulative in the way they use their power and control over you and may blame you and other factors for their abusive behaviours.
What should you do if you are a victim?
- If you are in immediate danger contact the police on 999
- Contact a domestic violence helpline such as Mankind Initiative
- Contact Stephensons. Our specialist team can provide you with advice and help about the protective measures available including Non-molestation or Occupation orders.