• The police receive a 999 call every three minutes from a male victim
  • 1 in 6 men will experience Domestic Violence in their life
  • Every third victim of Domestic Violence is a man
  • Domestic Violence equates to approx 25% of all reported violent crimes
  • 9% of all reported violent crimes are Domestic Violence cases involving male victims
  • Approximately 4 million men are affected every year by domestic violence
  • Practically the same percentage of men as women are victims of severe acts of Domestic Violence.
  • (Source: National Centre for Domestic Violence)

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, always call 999.

For further information and support, please contact one of the organisations listed below:

All Forms of Abuse

This Is Not An Excuse

This Is Not An Excuse is a website which raises awareness of domestic abuse, rape and serious sexual assault and to signpost to organisations that provide help and support. The site provides information and guidance as well as contact details for national and local specialist agencies. Click here to visit This Is Not An Excuse.

The Mankind Initiative

The ManKind Initiative is a national charity providing help and support for male victims of domestic abuse and domestic violence. Their confidential helpline is available for all men across the UK and provides both emotional support and practical information. For confidential help call 01823 334244 or click here for more information.

Sexual Abuse

The Bridge

The Bridge is a sexual assault support service for men, women and children in the Avon and Somerset area. The aim of the service is to empower and support victims of rape and sexual assault. Services include: sexual health information and referral services; information about reporting to the police; counselling; post-sexual assault follow-up care; support through the criminal justice system, and referrals to other community services. For further information call 0117 342 6999 or email ubh-tr.turntothebridge@nhs.net.

Kinergy

Kinergy offers counselling to men who have an awareness of the impact of sexual abuse and rape on their lives and are looking for additional support to help them in their process of recovery.

While Kinergy's group counselling sessions are currently full, they are still open to individual enquiries.

For more information call 0117 908 7712 or email contact@kinergy.org.uk.

The Green House

The Green House provides free individual counselling to any man, woman, child or young person who have experienced sexual abuse or rape at any point in their lives. Their main premises are located in St Werburghs and they also operate outreach services in Easton, Henbury and Knowle West. To book an appointment call 0117 935 1707 between 9am and 3pm Mon-Fri. To make a referral to their children and young people's service, call 0117 953 0033. For further information click here to visit The Green House website.

Welcome Counselling

Knowle West Health Park provides a free sexual abuse counselling service for both men and women. Male victims should call 0117 935 1707. Please note that this service is only available to residents of Knowle West and surrounding areas of health inequality.

SARSAS Men & Boys Helpline

Somerset & Avon Rape & Sexual Abuse Support have established a confidential helpline for men and boys who have been victims of sexual violence or abuse. Their volunteer helpline workers will listen to you and support you, and can provide information, emotional support, signposting, advice and can help you access counselling services.

The free helpline operates on Mondays from 11am - 2pm and Tuesdays from 6pm - 8.30pm. To access this service call 0808 801 0464 or email support@sarsas.org.uk.

Something To Tell You

Something To Tell You is a dedicated male rape and sexual assault helpline run by men for men. It provides a dedicated information and signposting telephone service for men in Bristol who have been the target of rape or sexual assault.

The service offers professional explanations of the role of the various agencies set up to provide men with targeted support including SARSAS, The Bridge, Safe Link and Avon & Somerset Constabulary. It will provide the information men need to make an informed choice about what they can do next to secure the help and support they need.

Something To Tell You is run in partnership with SARSAS and is available exclusively to Bristol men between 5pm and 7pm every Friday on 0117 9743773.

Lucy Faithfull Foundation

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation is a registered child protection charity which works across the UK to prevent child sexual abuse. The foundation operates a helpline for anyone unsure or worried about their own thoughts or behaviour towards children.

The Stop it Now! Freephone Helpline is available from 9am - 9pm Mon-Thurs and from 9am - 5pm on Fridays. Call 0808 1000 900.

For more information about the Lucy Faithfull Foundation click here to visit their website.

SurvivorsUK

SurvivorsUK helps men who have been sexually abused and raises awareness of their needs. Although their counselling and group therapy sessions take place in London, they do offer web and SMS chat services that allow you to talk to trained professionals. To access these services click here to visit the SurvivorsUK website.

Domestic Violence

Respect UK / Men's Advice Lines

Respect is the UK membership organisation for work with domestic violence perpetrators, male victims and young people. Respect operates two advice lines:

  • The Men's Advice Line for Victims of Domestic Abuse operates Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Call 0808 801 0327, or email info@mensadviceline.org.uk
  • The Men's Advice Line for Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse operates Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Call 0808 802 4040, or email info@respectphoneline.org.uk

For futher information about Respect UK click here to visit their website.

RSVP

RSVP (Resolve to Stop the Violence Programme) is a specialist service in Bristol for men who have become confrontational or aggressive towards their partner or ex partner. During one to one sessions over 10 weeks, we will support you to learn non-abusive ways of behaving within a relationship and learn new techniques and strategies to make changes.

For more information call DHI on 0117 9166588 or RSVP on 07917171887, or email rsvp@dhibristol.org.uk.

Bristol Men's Domestic Abuse Project

This service, provided by Victim Support, is available to male victims, and those who identify as male, irrespective of ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, economic status, immigration status, disability or religion. It supports male victims fleeing 'honour' based violence and forced marriage, and also supports gay, bisexual and transgender victims of domestic abuse. The service offers the following support:

  • Immediate safety planning
  • Assistance with child contact
  • Support through the civil justice process
  • Support through the criminal justice process
  • Support to access appropriate housing
  • Signposting to counselling services
  • Ongoing emotional support
  • Support to access specialist refugee provision

To access this service call 0300 303 1972 or 07432 504692, or email bristolmens.dasupport@victimsupport.org.uk. If you do not feel confident to access the service independently, they are happy to speak to friends, family or colleagues if you wish a referral to be made on your behalf.

Survive DV

Survive is an innovative local charity working towards freedom from domestic abuse for women and children in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. They have recently started working with men through their A&E work and parenting programme. They run a project based at the A&E department at Southmead Hospital which aims to work with high-risk victims who are not supported by other agencies. They also run a 1:1 support service for parents who have experienced domestic abuse, or whose children have experienced abuse. For further information call 0117 961 3065 or click here to visit the Survive DV men's services page.

Caring Dads: Safer Children

Children can be deeply traumatised if they see violence between their parents or carers, even if they aren't physically harmed. Caring Dads: Safer Children is an NSPCC service for fathers who are having difficulties in their family because of their abusive or violent behaviour. It aims to help dads:

  • stop their abuse

  • recognise the impact their behaviour has on their children

  • improve their parenting.

Dads are usually referred to the programme by social services. Other referrals sometimes come from the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS), probation and health services. To find out more call 0117 954 3650 or click here to visit the Caring Dads: Safer Children page on the NSPCC website.

 

Call Charges

We have provided information about call charges for each organisation listed where this is known. Where no call charge details are shown, please refer to the following general information:

  • Calls to all numbers starting 01, 02 and 03 are charged at local rate (up to 9p per minute) from landlines and from 8p to 40p from mobiles
  • Calls to 0800 and 0808 numbers are free from landlines but could cost up to 40p from mobiles
  • Calls to 0844 numbers cost between 1p and 13p from landlines and from 5p to 41p from mobiles
  • Calls to 0845 numbers cost between 1p and 12p from landlines and from 5p to 40p from mobiles.