Man who ran Canada’s only shelter dedicated solely to male victims of domestic abuse dies in apparent suicide

Posted: April 28, 2013 by Ty in Spirituality

Truly more need to be willing to give so selflessly to help men being victims of abuse. May you find peace in your rest, and may this be a wake up call for our nation that all victims of abuse deserve sanctuary regardless of gender.

National Post | News

The man who created Canada’s only shelter dedicated solely to male victims of domestic violence died on Friday of an apparent suicide.

The day after he packed up his recently sold home — also the site of the Men’s Alternative Safe House — Earl Silverman was found hanging in his garage.

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Twenty years ago Earl Silverman of Calgary, fleeing his home to escape violence from his abusive wife, had no refuge to take shelter in. There were plenty of shelters for women victims of domestic abuse, but for men the only publicly funded services were for anger management.

The message was clear to Silverman: “As a victim, I was re-victimized by having these services telling me I wasn’t a victim, but I was a perpetrator.”

Three years ago, in his own home, Silverman opened the Men’s Alternative Safe House (MASH), which…

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