Dales men suffering abuse are offered help

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Male victims of domestic abuse in the Dales are being urged seek help in light of soap opera storyline.

Derbyshire County Council has set up a helpline for men being abused, an issue which has been highlighted on Coronation Street.

In recent episodes viewers have witnessed popular long_standing character Tyrone Dobbs being victimised by his pregnant partner Kirsty.

Abuse has escalated from Kirsty’s controlling behaviour and verbal outbursts to hitting Tyrone in the face and cutting his lip, throwing objects at him and pushing him against a wall with his arms behind his back.

It is hoped the storyline involving a leading character will prompt local men who may be suffering in the same way to call Derbyshire’s Domestic Abuse Helpline.

The 08000 198 668 helpline operates all day every day and supports men as well as women. When men dial they are offered an option to go through to a specialist male advice line.

Men can also get information and support and find out about male refuge services from Derbyshire SAM (Support and Advice for Men) at www.derbyshiresam.org.uk

Residents can also get advice and support with domestic abuse from Derbyshire County Council’s ‘Stop Hurting - Start Talking’ campaign at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/social_health/adult_care_and_wellbeing/keeping_safe

or www.saferderbyshire.gov.uk