CIOB Community

Support initiative highlights taboo topic

5 April 2019

A CIOB member is raising awareness of male domestic abuse.

Carl Mannion (above) is a chartered construction manager, external verifier for the chartership process and a survivor of domestic abuse.

He has created Support4Men to offer support to the many men who suffer domestic abuse but receive zero support from the police, social services and NHS.

Latest data suggests that as many as one in four men suffer domestic abuse, often in the presence of their children. “Less than 10% of government funding for domestic abuse is targeted at male victims,” says Mannion.

Support4Men has been set up to raise awareness within the workplace. It delivers awareness days and highly personal “My Story” workshops that highlight the often taboo subject. 

Workshops are designed to help employers and employees to understand the signs and symptoms of domestic abuse, how to support colleagues and how to work with statutory agencies.

Domestic abuse costs the UK economy over £2bn per year – employee time off work, unexplained absences and emergency respite all have an impact on employers.

For more information, contact Carl Mannion on or via 07572 877551

Leave a comment