We have launched a new support service for male victims of domestic abuse.

The Sunrise Centre, funded by the Big Lottery, has provided similar support for females who have left an abusive relationship for 5 years. This will now be available to males for the first time.

It is estimated that 1 in 6 men in the UK are victims of domestic abuse each year. The new service will provide men with emotional support and time to reflect on their experiences, as well as providing practical advice and social activities.

A spokesperson for the male victims support workers at Arch said: “We know how difficult it is for men experiencing domestic abuse to know who to approach for help, advice and support.

“One of the comments by men is that they feel they won’t be believed or that they are men so should be able to deal with it.”

Paul* came to Arch after leaving a 20 year abusive relationship. “It was a horrible experience I would not wish on anyone.

“From day one, Arch were amazing. They were always there to support and assist me in every way they could. Their encouragement to keep going through a tough time made a huge difference.”

Paul* completed various recovery courses to help him understand the impact of domestic abuse and why he couldn’t just leave. “I now understand the circumstances I was in a lot better and I realise that the situation was not my fault.

“Arch have been fantastic and I owe them a great deal for getting my life back on track and into the happy place I am today.”

The male victims support worker said: “The programme focuses on is increasing their confidence and teaching them skills to boost their emotional security, self-esteem and worth.”

For male victims of domestic abuse looking for support, call Arch on 01782 222411 or email sunriseteam@archnorthstaffs.org.uk.