Corrie story highlights domestic abuse

Actor: Alan Halsall.
Actor: Alan Halsall.

Male victims of domestic abuse are being urged to call the Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Helpline, after hit TV soap Coronation Street highlighted the issue.

The high-profile storyline has seen lead character Tyrone Dobbs, played by Alan Halsall, being victimised by his pregnant partner Kirsty.

She has pushed, hit and thrown objects at Tyrone, during her violent outbursts and he has been subjected to her controlling behaviour and verbal abuse.

A recent British Crime Survey has shown that male victims are twice as likely to suffer abuse in silence,

However, it is hoped that the programme will prompt local men to get support.

Derbyshire Council funds the helpline, which has a specialist male advice option, and can be accessed by dialling 0800 019 8668.

Coun Carol Hart, council cabinet member for public health, said: “We welcome the recent Coronation Street storyline for highlighting the fact that men can be victims of domestic abuse too, and that they are very likely to try to hide it.

“We hope it will encourage more men who are suffering to have the courage to get help.”

“Hundreds of people call our helpline every year and they’re put in touch with agencies in their local area that can help and offer support.”

Men can also get information and support by visiting www.saferderbyshire.gov.uk and www.derbyshiresam.org.uk