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Site updated 2 June 2013
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Welcome to Men’s Aid.
Men's Aid is a Registered Charity (1116309) providing information and advice to all parents who are seeking to maintain a meaningful and responsible relationship with their children after family break down or divorce. We aim to assist these parents in their endeavours to achieve equal and just treatment in the Family Courts and from their associated services. We recognise the value of good parenting and support parents who work together for and in the best interests of their children.
A Gender Neutral Organisation.
Over many years Men’s Aid has undertaken an active Campaign for Equality within our Society to help re-balance many stereotypical views, particularly those held about men. These, often negative views, include male issues relating to parenting, fatherhood, domestic abuse and violence. Governments now recognise that abuse can occur in any personal relationship, or any situation where a service is being given, including formal or informal caregivers, or by a person who has power or influence over the life of a dependent adult. Domestic Violence and Abuse is now recognised as a gender neutral issue by may organisations with violence and abuse against men identified as the ‘last’ taboo.
Origins and History.
Formed in 2006 to help provide practical advice and support to men who have been
abused, Men’s Aid has grown to represent the views of many individuals both male
and female and is committed to helping those who have suffered from bias in the legal
system, Family Courts or other areas. Men’s Aid strives to remove bias and prejudice
from all parts of our Society and focuses on providing help and assistance to anyone,
regardless of gender or sexual orientation, who may need it.
Men’s Issues - Working in Partnership.
In addition to our Campaign for Equality and Violence Against Men, Men’s Aid also works with other organisations to promote and raise awareness of other issues relating to Men’s welfare in general. For example, Men’s Aid is active and concerned with the levels of homelessness, suicide, false allegations, sexual offences, PTSD and Prostrate cancer. Men’s Aid also offers a successful international child tracing service for members.
There are other ‘behind the scenes’ dimensions to our work too which include lobbying Parliament, providing statistics and responding to government Green papers etc and at a European level Men’s Aid was one of the founding members of PEF (the Platform for European Fathers). Through PEF membership, Men’s Aid has the opportunity to work across borders, lobby and influence the European Parliament.
Domestic Abuse and Violence against Men.
From 31 March 2013 the Home Office definition of Domestic Violence and Abuse is to be defined as:
“Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.”
Men’s Aid is committed to making people aware that all forms of Domestic Abuse and Violence are unacceptable.
Men’s Aid is also pleased to be able to offer the services of Brian Hitchcock working in partnership with the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) as an external stakeholder. See - CAFCASS must be Accountable.
It was the PEF connection that brought forth an invitation for our Chairman, Robert Whiston, to address at Madrid’s San Paulo University (Feb 2013), on the non-democratic and non-EU implementation of Spain’s DV laws before an audience that included academics, law enforcement agencies, e.g. Ministry of the Interior, Police and the Garde Civil.