Supporting a national domestic abuse helpline for men

06 May 2021

We are supporting national helpline, Men’s Advice Line (run by charity Respect) to help men who are experiencing, or have experienced, domestic abuse.

Respect was founded in 2001. It is a pioneering organisation that provides non-judgmental support, practical advice and information for men who are experiencing, or have experienced, domestic abuse via the Men’s Advice Line and for perpetrators via the Respect Phoneline.

Throughout the pandemic, we’ve been supporting a range of domestic abuse charities to provide and develop services. Our partnership with Respect is part of our commitment towards supporting people who are experiencing domestic abuse, and ensuring residents are safe.

Partnership working

Through this new partnership, Respect’s Men’s Advice Line will be able to improve their website infrastructure which will enable advisors to support users faster and more efficiently. It will also assist with faster data analysis to free up time that can be used to support users of the service.

Alex Wrigley, Domestic Abuse Lead at Guinness said: “Partnership working is an important element of our work in supporting survivors of domestic abuse.  We are extremely pleased to be partnering with Respect to provide a valuable service to those who need it, including any of our residents and the wider community.”

Ippo Panteloudakis, Respect’s Head of Services said: “Domestic abuse affects men too, but they are often the forgotten victims. The Guinness Partnership’s support will enable us to support more male victims and help make them safer.”

What else are we doing?

Our commitment to anyone who is experiencing, or has experienced, domestic abuse also includes:

  • Gaining accreditation from the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) by meeting their eight key standards. This demonstrates we have the tools, processes and policies in place to support people experiencing domestic abuse.
  • Developing a Domestic Abuse Support Toolkit in collaboration with MD Group and the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA). The aim is to raise awareness of people working in customer-facing roles, to improve the identification of domestic abuse, to provide improved support, and to ultimately help save lives.
  • Signing up to the Chartered Institute of Housing’s ‘Make a Stand’ pledge against domestic violence.

Find out more

To find out more about Men’s Advice Line, take a look at their website. You can also find out more about our domestic abuse support on our dedicated website pages.