Male victims of domestic violence are being urged to come forward in Lincolnshire as latest figures have revealed they are less likely to tell anyone about abuse than woman.
The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme has been running in Lincolnshire since July 2014.
However, out of 220 applications to date, just one involves a man potentially identified at risk of harm.
The Home Office has reported that male victims are more than three times as likely as women to not tell anyone about partner abuse.
Only 10% of male victims will tell the police as a comparison to 27% of women.
Lincolnshire Police are also looking to encourage friends, relatives and work colleagues to make a request on behalf of men and women who they believe are at risk of domestic abuse.
The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme is open to all and provides everybody with the opportunity to make an enquiry.
It has two procedures for disclosing information:
- ‘Right to Ask’ is triggered by a member of the public applying to the police for a disclosure – this can be the partner or a third party
- ‘Right to Know’ is triggered by the police making a proactive decision to disclose information to protect a potential victim.
To disclose any information call 101 and ask to make an application.
Sarah Norburn, Domestic Abuse Coodinator Lincolnshire Police: “The DV Disclosure Scheme is a key tool which the police, other agency professionals and members of the public can use.
“Domestic abuse is everybody’s business so make sure you use the scheme to safeguard your loved ones, friends and colleagues wherever possible.”