MEN in North Wales are being urged to speak out abuse domestic abuse.

North Wales Police (NWP) have shared the importance of speaking out about domestic abuse, which can take many forms that go beyond a physical attack, and the help that is still available for males despite the coronavirus pandemic.

A spokesperson for NWP, said: "For nearly 20 years, the Mankind Initiative has been supporting male victims escape from domestic abuse.

"They give male victims a voice by working with police forces and other organisations by supporting them with their communication campaigns.

"The charity support male victims directly through their popular website as well as an anonymous national helpline - which includes contact from victims’ mothers and sisters - which gives men a listening, information and signposting service."

According to NWP, Covid-19 has seen calls increase by 35 per cent and site visitors by 150 per cent.

Of those that call, for 60 per cent it is the first time they have told anyone and 70 per cent only call because the helpline is anonymous.

The website is also a repository for statistics and research into male victims.

Chairman for Mankind, Mark Brooks, said: "The main issues men face, is that they don’t understand that what they are going through is domestic abuse.

"This is why it is important that services don’t disregard men in their awareness campaigns.

"Men don’t often know that there are specialist services for them and for many they fear they will not be believed when they do go.

"This is what we have to get across in these awareness campaigns.

"We advise men who are in this situation call us."

Strategic domestic abuse officer, PC Mike Taggart, added: "I think it’s important that we don’t forget that men too can be victims of domestic abuse and we need to ensure that platforms to support men are equally and readily available.

"We urge any men who feel that they are being subjected to domestic abuse to call Mankind on the information below if they feel they want emotional support - but if they wish to report domestic abuse, to contact us on 101 or 999 in an emergency."

The helpline can be contacted on 01823 334244 and is available from Monday to Friday, between 10am and 4pm.

For information into the services they provide visit www.mankind.org.uk, who also have specific information for male victims of domestic abuse and Covid-19 on their website.