In the past few months there has been a sense that things may change in Scotland because of the publication of statistics (link) that showed how many men were victims of domestic abuse and domestic violence in Scotland (130% increase since 2000/01). These are under-reported figures of course as there are only incidents reported to the police. Pressure has been applied but so far the Scottish Government is not budging. This is on purpose.
The Scottish Government TV adverts, entitled "I Soar" (link), will highlight the help that is available to those experiencing domestic abuse (women-only!). It will coincide with a new protocol outlining how the police and courts should deal with domestic violence cases. The adverts, voiced by actress Daniela Nardini, will began on Boxing Day.
Unveiling the campaign, Communities Minister Stewart Maxwell, said "Christmas is a time when many families are affected by domestic abuse and calls to the helpline and police increase. I hope that many women will see this year's adverts and take the first steps towards seeking help to rid their lives of domestic abuse."
Stewart Maxwell obviously does not give a damn about help that male victims (and their children) may need.
This campaign is shameful because despite there own statistics, they wilfully and purposely continue to ignore male victims. It is no different of course to the UK Government (link).