Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Welcoming the Government’s commitment to male victims of domestic violence

In Parliament this week I was pleased to be able to secure a meeting with the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Office for Truro based charity Esteem.

Esteem runs the only service in England that supports men who are abused by their partners.  I visited the charity in Truro last month. 

Responding to my request for a meeting between the Home Office and Esteem, Lynne Featherstone MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Home Office, confirmed that Government’s commitment to tackling domestic and sexual violence directed against men, and expressed her intention to meet with the charity.

I am pleased that the Government recognises the need not only to protect women and children from the dreadful and often hidden crime of domestic and sexual violence, but also to support men who are victims of abuse.

I am delighted that Mrs Featherstone has agreed to visit Esteem, and look forward to welcoming her to Truro in due course.  I will continue to campaign for every victim of domestic and sexual violence to have access to the appropriate support.

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