These statistics published close to home in Hartlepool urged me to ask one of the team what they thought.
" Men can be victims too. It can be embarrassing for a man to ask for help and they can feel ashamed but they will be treat in exactly the same way as women when it comes to being a victim of domestic abuse which comes in many forms. It doesn’t have to be physical, behaviour can be intimidating, manipulating, bullying and controlling in relation to finances, children, day to day household duties and saying where they can and can’t go."
More than 3,000 people were victims of domestic violence last year - with 1,000 of them being men. The figure was released by the Safer Hartlepool Partnership as it set out its strategy to deal with domestic abuse over the next three years.