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Men's Aid: Increase In Older Men Reporting Coercive Control

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Expects to help 8,000 men in 2021

There has been an increase in older men contacting Men's Aid Ireland, regarding coercive control, that's according to the association's Chief Executive.

On this morning's 'Kildare Today' Kathrina Bentley noted the rise of men aged in their 60s & 70s coming forward to report abuse.

Ms. Bentley added Men's Aid "expects to help 8,000 men in 2021".

Adding that approximately two-thirds of those will report coercive control.

Coercive control is defined as "a persistent pattern of controlling, coercive and threatening behaviour including all or some forms of domestic abuse (emotional, physical, financial, sexual including threats) by a boyfriend/girlfriend, partner, husband/wife or ex-partner", that's according to the Garda website.

In March, the organisation reported a 35% increase in numbers seeking help, during the pandemic.

During this morning's interview, Kathrina referred to a UK based report, by the University of Central Lanchashire, which "reflects the UK findings of two recent international surveys investigating the experiences of male victims of domestic abuse from their current or former partners which included coercive control."

Kathrina Bentley joined Clem Ryan, on this morning's edition of 'Kildare Today':

Contact Men's Aid aid on their website, or by calling 01 554 3811.

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