AMIS awarded £29,000 grant by The Crerar Trust

By November 30, 2018

Abused Men In Scotland (AMIS) has been awarded a grant totalling £29,000 by The Crerar Trust to support the services it delivers for male victims of domestic abuse.

AMIS will use the funding to continue offering male victims across Scotland emotional and practical support, safety planning, risk assessment, telephone advocacy services and legal information relevant to civil implications of domestic abuse.

Crerar Hotels operates 11 hotels and inns which are based in Scotland. Uniquely, more than 50% of the group’s distributable profits are donated to charities operation within areas where Crerar Hotels are based.

The Trust, which is chaired by Paddy Crerar CBE, has awarded £7m of grants to over 400 organisations over the last 16 years. This forms part of a commitment to re-invest in the communities in which the group’s hotels and inns are based.

The Crerar Trust meets twice a year to award grants, with application periods closing on 1 April and 1 October, respectively. In this current funding round, £385,000 of grants were awarded to 50 organisations.

A wide variety of organisations received awards, including those providing support across health, education and social inclusion to people of all ages.

Previously funded by The Big Lottery, AMIS lost out as the charity revised its criteria to supporting only local charities, so AMIS as a much-used Scotland wide resource has faced a period of financial hardship to keep its helpline and support service open.

Iris Quar, Service Manager at AMIS said:

“It is well known that AMIS has faced a funding shortfall in the past year. While we need to keep working hard to raise money to keep our services sustainable in the longer term, we’re hugely grateful to The Crerar Trust for responding to our recent urgent appeal for financial help in such generous terms. As we enter the festive period, it’s essential that any man, anywhere in Scotland, who is affected by domestic abuse, can seek help. Thanks to the Trust’s support we will be able to keep providing the vital support that so many men across Scotland come to AMIS for.”

Paddy Crerar CBE, Chairman of The Crerar Trust and Chief Executive of Crerar Hotels added:

“We are delighted to have made this award to AMIS and look forward to hearing how this funding helps impact their work. Crerar Hotels is committed to giving back to the local community to help it grow and thrive, and provide opportunities that may otherwise seem out of reach. For every stay our customers have with us they are supporting others who really need it. It is great for our folk in the hotels to see their hard work and efforts helping people in their own communities as well as those from throughout the whole of Scotland and Yorkshire.”

AMIS’s national helpline number is 0808 800 0024.

 

Note to editors

Abused Men In Scotland (AMIS) was founded in 2010 to address the previously entirely unmet needs of domestic abuse experienced men.  It was and remains Scotland’s only male specific support service for men and anyone who identifies as male over the age of sixteen.

AMIS offers a telephone and email helpline service throughout Scotland on 0808 800 0024 between 9:00am and 4:00pm Monday to Friday, or can email contact@amis.org.uk.

AMIS also offers emotional and practical support, safety planning, risk assessment, telephone advocacy services contacting other organisations on the clients’ behalf and legal information relevant to civil implications of domestic abuse.

Calls can either be one off or take advantage of the casework service.  There is no limit on the number of times or the length of time someone can use the helpline casework service and AMIS offers weekly check in calls to casework clients.

From its Edinburgh base, AMIS also offers one to one support for up to eighteen months, twice weekly drop in sessions and peer support groups as circumstances and availability of attendees allows.

Statistics – the latest Scottish Government statistics, released 27 November 2018 at https://www.gov.scot/publications/domestic-abuse-recorded-police-scotland-2017-18/ show

  • 18% of recorded victims of domestic abuse were male.
  • Most prevalent in the 41-50 age group at 2,108 recorded cases.
  • The rate per 10,000 of the population is 37.

Overall recorded incidences of domestic abuse in 2017-18 where men were the victim were down by two percentage points from 20% to 18% compared with 2016-17 figures.

However, due to a change in recording methodology by Police Scotland in 2017-18, for 10,391 incidents, no information was recorded on the characteristics of the victim and/or the accused. This represents 17% of all the recorded incidents. (In 2016-17 the number of cases where gender was not identified was 4,522, or 8%). This means that incidences of abuse against male victims by either male or female perpetrators may be significantly under-recorded.

Donations can be made at Virgin Money Giving – Abused Men in Scotland https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?charityId=1011598

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