Charity sees rise in reports of domestic abuse against men

A charity which helps male victims of domestic abuse has said it received over 5,000 allegationsof abuse last year.

Amen’s annual report for 2016 shows that most of the abuse reported was of a verbal or psychological nature, with reports of physical, social and economic abuse also recorded - writes rte.ie.

Amen said that more than 3,700 claims of verbal and psychological abuse were made in 2016.

The charity said there were reports of name calling, constant criticism, being threatened with physical abuse, financial control, isolation from family and friends and being stalked and harassed.

819 claimsof physical abuse were recorded last year,representinga rise of more than 50% on 2015.

The types of abuse reported included being beaten, bitten, kicked and punched and being stabbed.

Amen said that overall, they recorded a 35% rise in its activity rate in 2016 compared to 2015 - the activity includes phonecalls, emails, one to one sessions and assisting with court appointments.

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