Violence Against Men

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 4:51 pm on 10th June 2010.

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Photo of Alex Neil Alex Neil Scottish National Party 4:51 pm, 10th June 2010

I will cover that point later in my speech.

We do not know much about the experiences of young people when their father is being abused by their mother, by a female partner or by a male partner. I fully acknowledge that gap in our knowledge, and it is something that I intend to address alongside the consideration of services for male victims. We need to know much more than we do at present about violence against men and about all those involved—victims, perpetrators and children.

Some of the responses involve the referral of men, whether they are victims or perpetrators, to support services in relation to, for example, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, legal advice or housing. They can also receive general counselling support.