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Charity warns male victims of domestic abuse are vulnerable at Christmas

Amen has said fathers who have separated from their abusers are often denied access to their children over the holidays.

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AN ORGANISATION REPRESENTING male victims of domestic abuse has said separated and unmarried fathers who have been victims of abuse are particularly vulnerable at Christmas.

A spokesperson for Amen said the festive period can be “emotive and stressful” as many fathers are being denied access to their children over the holidays.

“Many clients of Amen Support Services have had to leave the family home, due to abuse that they have suffered at the hands of their wives or partners,” the spokesperson said.

“They are now dreading spending Christmas without their children. They feel lonely, frightened, isolated and helpless. Mothers who use their custodial status to punish their former partners in this way should stop and think about the damage they are also doing to their children.”

Amen said that over the past number of weeks they have been contacted by fathers who are worried that they will not see their children over Christmas and fathers who have left it too late to apply to the courts for access.

The spokesperson said 2012 has been the busiest year of the service’s 15 years, probably due to the added financial pressure many families are experiencing.

Related: Women’s Aid warns Christmas stress can trigger domestic abuse>

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