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Irish Times, September 29, 2009

Campaign for male victims of domestic abuse

By Fiona Gartland

Amen has launched a campaign to encourage men who are victims of domestic violence to come forward, writes Fiona Gartland.

The second annual Domestic Violence Against Men Awareness Week, organised by the charity, aims to raise awareness of violence in the home against men.

Amen will run advertisements to highlight the issue on buses, billboards and in newspapers. In July, Amen received 309 calls to its helpline. Some 290 callers were suffering psychological abuse and 59 were suffering physical abuse.

In 2005, a survey by the National Crime Council found 26 per cent of men suffered domestic abuse but only 1 in 20 reported it, compared to one in three women.

According to the charity, male victims who come from all walks of life, are often not believed because they are men and they may become depressed, feel suicidal and sometimes they take their own lives.

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