The Taipei City Government on Monday launched the nation’s first personal growth and family counseling service for men to encourage male victims of domestic violence to seek help and support.
According to the Taipei Center for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, 30 percent of domestic violence cases reported in Taipei so far this year involved a male victim.
Although the center serves both men and women, many male victims of domestic violence find it difficult to seek help, while some hesitate to do so, because they are worried that they might be mistaken for abusers, the center said.
The new services are designed to meet the needs of men and cover many issues, from family and parenting to work and health, the city government said.
Courses on interpersonal skills and stress relief, as well as fitness equipment, are also available at the service center, it said.
At a news conference to mark the opening of the service center, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said people often think that victims of domestic violence, bullying and sexual assault are always women, but city statistics show that some of them are men.
Also, life expectancy figures indicate that women live longer and the male-to-female ratio among patients admitted to National Taiwan University Hospital’s intensive care unit is 6-4, Ko said.
Among patients sustaining similar injuries, men have a higher death rate than women, he said.
Ko said society expects men to be strong and not to cry, but the statistics indicate that men are hurt more seriously than women.
The service center is at 3F, No. 5, Lane 199, Dunhua N Rd and is open from 9am to 6pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; from 12pm to 9pm on Wednesdays and Fridays; and is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
The center can be reached by telephone at (02) 2715-1070.
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