AMIS was founded in 2010 due to an apparent lack of dialogue and service provision relating to men affected by domestic abuse. On 11th May 2010 AMIS became an unincorporated association registered as a charity. We began to run a national helpline from our then base in Dunfermline, addressing the gap in service provision by making specialist support available across Scotland. On 26th April 2012 AMIS became a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO). Up until this point the organisation was run entirely by the goodwill of volunteers.
In 2012/2013 AMIS became an employer thanks to funding from the Tudor Trust and the Scottish Government’s Equality Unit, employing staff to manage the helpline and work with mainstream services to improve responses to men affected by domestic abuse.
A further grant from the Big Lottery Fund (Becoming a Survivor) in 2014 increased our helpline capacity and allowed us to launch the Male Domestic Abuse Support Service (MDASS) in partnership with Rowan Alba Ltd. This allowed us to provide a dedicated one-to-one support service in Edinburgh.
We work with men who are experiencing domestic abuse (a pattern of controlling behaviour, including physical, emotional, financial and sexual abuse). We do not tell our clients what they should do, we respect what they want to do. Our support is tailored to the experiences of our clients and risk/safety is a primary consideration.
We will support any man over the age of 16, regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, nationality, disability, religion, transgender history or gender identity. This includes any person who identifies or expresses their gender as non-binary.
AMIS has seven charitable objectives:
1. To support men who are experiencing or who have experienced domestic abuse and also to offer advice to those concerned about the position of such men and their children.
2. To work with any man over 16 concerned about domestic abuse, regardless of sexuality, transgender status or history, age, dis/ability, religion, race, nationality or ethnic origin.
3. To advance education by distributing educational information relating to; undertaking training and research in; and raising public awareness of domestic abuse experienced by men and their children.
4. To promote full recognition for male victims of domestic abuse and their affected children.
5. To promote specialist services to help relieve the isolation, distress and hardship faced by male victims and enable men and their children to recover from domestic abuse.
6. To advance the equality, safety, dignity, and health (both physical and mental) of male victims of domestic abuse.
7. To promote early intervention and prevention of domestic abuse
Helpline Support Officer
Lesley Macinnes: Trustee/Chair
Alison Waugh: Trustee/Acting Treasurer
Tom Wood: Trustee
Sharon Simpson: Trustee/Secretary
You can get in touch with the Board by email firstname.lastname@example.org
This email account is only accessed by the Secretary
Abused Men in Scotland (AMIS) is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) Number SCO41467
We are currently recruiting for the position of Helpline Support Officer.
AMIS is an equal opportunity employer.
Alternatively please check our volunteer opportunities here.