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Domestic abuse and men

You probably feel as if you’re the only man who has ever experienced domestic abuse but that’s not the case. Men suffer too.

1 in 5 reports of domestic incidents are made by men.

Whether you’re male or female the definition of domestic abuse is the same. Men have the same rights to feel safe as women and are protected by exactly the same laws.

Essex Police will not tolerate domestic violence, regardless of gender, and we encourage you to report incidents to us.

If you do you will be treated without prejudice and with the same sensitivity and understanding as anyone else.

Our domestic abuse liaison officers will do all they can to help but until your situation changes don’t be frightened to seek support.


You’re not alone, help is available.

Below you’ll find a list of local and national support organisations that provide information, support and counselling specifically for men living with domestic abuse.

Safer places

E-mail: [email protected]
Safer places also has a live online chat facility.

Men’s Advice Line

A confidential helpline for all men experiencing domestic abuse by a current or ex-partner. If English isn’t your first language you can phone and ask for an interpreter. 
Advice line: 0808 801 0327 (Free from landlines and most mobile phones)
Open Monday to Friday from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
E-mail: [email protected]


Phone: 01823 334244
This is a confidential helpline manned from Monday to friday 10am to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm.
Helpline services for deaf or hard of hearing people are provided through Text Relay. Visit for details. Normal BT rates apply.


If you’ve experienced hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse, we’re here for you. We also support lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system.  We are a completely independent community-led group. Anything you tell us is confidential, and you can contact us anonymously if you choose.
Phone: 0800 999 5428
E-mail: [email protected]

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army runs residential shelters for men.
There is also help available for men who feel they are absuing their partner or ex-partner and would like to put an end to their violent or abusive behaviour.

Essex Change

Essex Change is a community based domestic violence intervention programme for men who want to end their violent or abusive behaviour towards a partner or ex partner.

Phone: 01245 258680 ext 223 or 07872541982
E-mail: [email protected]

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