There is a public perception that domestic abuse victims can only be women.

In fact, 1 in 3 victims of domestic abuse are men, but nearly half of male victims fail to tell anyone about their abuse. Male victims of abuse can find it difficult to disclose what they are going through because of fears about not being believed or not knowing that services are available to help and support them.

Our support

The Elm Foundation supports any man who is living with or has escaped from domestic abuse whether that’s in heterosexual or same sex relationships.

We work with men helping them to be safe and to overcome the harmful impacts of being subjected to abuse. We can offer safe accommodation in our male-only refuge, provide outreach support in the community and emotional support through our counselling service.

Male victims and survivors of domestic abuse can access all our services including the DA Helpline: 08000 198 668. This is confidential helpline, run by our trained staff, can provide you with advice, signposting and safety planning. Our community outreach service can provide emotional and practical support over a longer term. We also manage a male-only refuge for victims who need to flee.

Other organisations who can help

Men's Advice Line

The Men’s Advice Line, run by Respect, is a confidential helpline for any man experiencing domestic violence and abuse from a partner or ex-partner.

They are a team of skilled professionals offering practical advice, information and emotional support to male victims of domestic violence, as well as to concerned friends and family and frontline workers.

Tel: 0808 801 0327

Email helpline


Mankind offers a confidential helpline for all men across the UK who are suffering from domestic violence or domestic abuse from their current or former partner (including same-sex partners).

Tel: 01823 334244

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