Domestic abuse charity appoints first development officer

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Abused Men in Scotland (AMIS), Scotland’s charity dealing with men who experience domestic abuse, has appointed its first national development officer, Nick Smithers.

The remit for this new Scottish Government funded post is to develop work across Scotland, raising awareness of the extent of male experience of abuse and the devastating impact this can have on family life in modern Scotland.

AMIS will be able to develop support and training for mainstream organisations and agencies to help meet the complex needs of abused men and their children. Nick arrives in the post with an extensive CV supporting, representing and researching fathers’ interests for Circle and Fathers Network Scotland.

A research paper authored by Nick, ‘Listening to Fathers’, raised serious issues arising from men’s perspectives on child protection procedures. The report triggered debate and reflection amongst social work practitioners, associated professionals and academics.

On his appointment, Nick said: “I am delighted to be joining AMIS at a time when there is increasing concern about recognition and provision for men experiencing domestic abuse in Scotland. There is a lot of work to be done to ensure that men suffering domestic abuse get the help they need. Domestic abuse is a very complex problem which requires a sophisticated array of responses, I look forward to supporting service providers to develop their practice to meet the need of male victims.”

AMIS secretary, Alison Waugh, commented: “Nick will significantly enhance AMIS’s capacity to get the message across that lives of children, men and women, continue to be damaged by domestic abuse and approaches are needed to address the needs of all affected.”