Domestic violence against male victims has risen over the last year in South Yorkshire – with a 39 per cent increase in sexual offences.
More than 100 offences were recorded in 2015 by South Yorkshire Police including rape and sexual activity with a boy under 13.
Crimes of assault with injury where the victim was a man also rose by 10 per cent in 2015 with 192 recorded between January and November.
Figures obtained through The Star’s Your Right To Know campaign show domestic violence against men has increased overall by a eight per cent in the last year.
Non-sexual violence has risen by two per cent.
Figures also revealed 38 incidents of harassment were reported – a 36 per cent increase from 2014.
South Yorkshire Police said that there is less stigma attached to male domestic violence with more men willing to report domestic abuse.
Superintendent Natalie Shaw, force lead for domestic abuse, said: “The number of recorded sexual offences and domestic abuse related crimes have risen nationally, so it is not surprising to see this increase reflected in the figures for Sheffield.
“That there appears to be a greater number of men now coming forward to report domestic or sexual abuse is encouraging, as it demonstrates that more people feel able to report concerns to police to receive the support that they need.
“Domestic and sexual abuse, which can in cases be inextricably linked, can affect anyone. It is vitally important that there is an increased public awareness that men are also victims of these awful crimes.
“No matter who you are, if you are suffering sexual, psychological or emotional abuse, I’d encourage you to report it to someone. There are charities and other support agencies if you aren’t comfortable speaking to police, but know that there is help available and you do not have to suffer in silence.”
n If you wish to report domestic or sexual abuse or have any concerns, please call us on 101. For additional support, call the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 or Victim Support on 0845 3030900.