Derry needs a refuge for male victims of domestic violence

Pat Ramsey MLA and Mark Durkan, MP, on a visit to the Men's Action Network, at Patrick Street, Derry, pictured with the director of services Michael Lynch.  DER 10515-4321MT.

Pat Ramsey MLA and Mark Durkan, MP, on a visit to the Men's Action Network, at Patrick Street, Derry, pictured with the director of services Michael Lynch. DER 10515-4321MT.

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Derry needs a refuge to help male victims of domestic violence in the city a local men’s group has said.

Derry needs a refuge to help male victims of domestic violence in the city a local men’s group has said.

SDLP MLA, Pat Ramsey has supported a call by Men’s Action Network (MAN) for a refuge to be opened.

Michael Lynch of MAN said: “A city refuge is something that we have been working toward for a while but the necessity of it was underlined after serious gaps in service provision were highlighted by a recent case.”

That case involved an elderly male victim of domestic violence. The man was left destitute with only the clothes he was wearing after escaping from what was described by Mr. Ramsey, as: “a harrowing situation.”

Foyle MLA, Pat Ramsey said: “The case does in one strange way highlight all that is good about Derry. Community workers from Dove House, Foyle Haven, Men’s Action Network, Safer Aging Fermanagh, Fermanagh’ Women’s Aid, Altnagelvin Hospital staff, Banks of the Faughan Motel and even the White Horse, Campsie, who donated meals to the gentleman. The case did however serve to highlight serious gaps in care provision for male victims of domestic abuse. Had this been a female victim, it would not have demanded such collaborative efforts.”

Mr. Ramsey added: “I would encourage all male victims to come forward and seek help and assistance.”

Mr. Lynch said: “Measures need to be taken to meet the needs of male victims of domestic violence locally.