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Men's Aid Saw Increase Of 30% In Demand For Services in 2021

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Men's Aid National Helpline: 01 554 3811

Men's Aid saw a 30% increase in demand for its domestic violence support service in 2021.

Chief Executive of the service, Kathrina Bentley, noted the increase is stark but took this as a positive as she said "men are finally starting to come forward" to seek help & support.

Ms. Bentley noted 94% of the service's received calls "are by a man disclosing a female abuser".

Men ranging from age 18-88 contacted the service in 2021.

Mental, verbal, emotional, & psychological abuse was reported.

Emotional abuse reported included gaslighting.

Gaslighting is defined as "psychological manipulation of a person usually over an extended period of time that causes the victim to question the validity of their own thoughts, perception of reality, or memories and typically leads to confusion, loss of confidence and self-esteem, uncertainty of one's emotional or mental stability, and a dependency on the perpetrator" according to Merriam-Webster dictionary.

Regarding child protection referrals to Tusla, the service reported a 100% increase in 2021, compared to the previous year.

Kathrina Bentley joined Clem Ryan on Tuesday morning's 'Kildare Today':


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