Men reporting physical abuse up 68%

The number of men reporting domestic abuse is on the rise.

The latest figures from AMEN, a charity that supports victims of such abuse, show over 5,200 calls were made to its helpline in 2012.

More and more men are picking up the phone and seeking professional help for domestic violence.

A total of 5,225 calls were made to AMEN's call centre last year, a 21% increase in the number of calls made in 2011.

According to the Navan-based charity, there were 1,621 reports of physical abuse. There were only 962 such incidents reported the year before - a 68% increase.

Others called the helpline to say their wife or girlfriend was abusing them verbally or psychologically.

Other types of abuse include financial or sexual and the majority of victims chose to contact the service by phone rather than in person.

AMEN says the stigma surrounded male domestic abuse still exists in Ireland but is urging those suffering at the hands of an abusive partner to contact them in confidence on 046 9023 718

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