ManKind Initiative

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The ManKind Initiative is a domestic violence charity based in the United Kingdom and is at the forefront of providing support for male victims of domestic abuse and violence. Since becoming a charity in 2001, it has provided a helpline, training and support for statutory agencies (primarily the police and local authorities) and campaigns to ensure that equal recognition is given to male victims in the same way that recognition is given to female victims of domestic abuse.[1] It is one of only a few charities in the country to help male victims.[2][3]

ManKind Initiative
Founded 2001
Type Domestic violence Charity
Registration no. Registered Charity No. 1089547
Focus Domestic violence, Gender equality
Coordinates 51°01′17″N 3°06′21″W / 51.0213464°N 3.1058536°W / 51.0213464; -3.1058536
Area served
England and Wales
Method Helpline, research, training, campaigning
Key people
Mark Brooks
£49,938 (2010)
Member of the Telephone Helplines Association

The organisation is based in Taunton and was founded in 2001.[4]


The ManKind Initiative believes that support should be provided to male victims of domestic violence in that all victims of domestic violence and abuse should be catered for. It rejects the gender based approach to the issue used by the government, local authorities and police and instead demonstrates that domestic violence can happen to anyone and is a societal and family problem.[1][5]

The organisation is committed to challenging harmful gender based domestic violence policies and ensuring help is available to all, regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation. It strongly believes men and women should work together to tackle the issue of domestic violence, that gender politics need to be removed from the issue and victims should be treated as individuals.[1][6]


The ManKind Initiative runs a helpline for male victims across the UK, which is available Monday to Friday during the daytime and evening.[7] It refers victims to relevant services or accommodation that might be available to them. The organisation campaigns for recognition of male victims, provision of domestic violence shelters for men and seeks more services at a local level.[1]

The organisation has been increasingly successful in recent times in beginning to highlight the plight of male victims and change attitudes towards domestic violence. Notable successes include forcing retailer Superdrug to withdraw products promoting domestic violence against men.[8]

It regularly appears in the media [9] and notable media successes have included helping the BBC produce coverage on the subject including on Radio 1,[10] Radio 4 [11] and The One Show.[12] It has also appeared on GMTV, The Sun [13] and Channel 4.[14]

It also regularly challenges the authorities to ensure they do not forget the plight of male victims. Recent campaigns include challenging the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, the Crown Prosecution Service and Mayor of London.[15]


The ManKind Initiative has four part-time staff who work alongside volunteers. It receives little funding, with an income of only £49,938 in 2010.[3][16][17]

The organisation receives no government support, relying on donations. Funding partners include: The Tudor Trust, The Lankelly Chase Trust, The Nationwide Foundation, The National Lottery, The Royal Agricultural University, Newman University, Weston-Super-Mare Carnival and Hogg Robinson.[18][19]

Patrons and supporters[edit]

The organisation's patrons include Erin Pizzey (founder of the world first domestic violence shelters), Lord Cotter, John Penrose MP and Liz Lynne MEP.[1][20][21]

It has six trustees and the Chairman is Mark Brooks.


  1. ^ a b c d e about us Archived 2010-08-17 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ House of Commons - Home Affairs - Written Evidence Archived 2011-09-30 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b Why do men find it so hard to admit they are being abused by their partners? - Features, Health & Families - The Independent
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-08-05. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  5. ^ It's not just women who fall victim to domestic violence | Lifestyle | GMTV[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ More than 40% of domestic violence victims are male, report reveals | Society | The Observer
  7. ^ Index
  8. ^ Store withdraws man-shaped punch-bag for women | Society |
  9. ^ media Archived 2010-01-11 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ BBC - 1Xtra News - Documentaries
  11. ^ BBC - Radio 4 - Saturday Live - Home Page
  12. ^
  13. ^ Ian's hell as male victim of domestic violence | The Sun |Woman|Real Life
  14. ^
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-11-24. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-08-05. Retrieved 2009-02-27. 
  17. ^ YouTube - Domestic Violence - 1 in 4 Women - 2/4
  18. ^ funding partners Archived 2010-08-17 at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ Why do we still think battered men are wimps? | Mail Online
  20. ^ Weston-super-Mare People | Conservative MP John Penrose Retains His Seat in Weston Archived 2012-03-05 at the Wayback Machine.
  21. ^ EU Funding “DAPHNE III” Programme Information Seminar | Media Centre | Newman University College, Birmingham

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