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Domestic violence is soaring in London,

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where men find themselves as the victims.

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Official figures show an 80% rise in reported attacks,

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with London being described as the "worst place in the country

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That's partly because there isn't a single safe house in the city,

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so you'd have to go to the Midlands or the south coast

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It started with a slap and then escalated into a full-scale bashing.

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This is sadly a familiar story but when we don't

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Dan was just 25 when the violent abuse started from his partner.

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There was nobody I could approach, even when my friends or people

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at work would see my black eyes or my broken collarbone.

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Nobody felt comfortable addressing it.

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What I needed was a space for a few days but because I'm

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a man there was nothing on offer except advice.

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At the very least there needs to be safe spaces

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If councils provide full support to male victims,

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Dan is one of hundreds of men to suffer from

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Last year, the UK's leading domestic violence charity received over

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3000 calls to its helpline from men, a fifth of all its calls nationally.

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They believe what is lacking are council run refuges for men in need.

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Their options are to face homelessness or carry on living

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BBC London has learned that in 2012, the Met Police handled over 9000

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reports from male victims of domestic abuse.

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In 2015, this had risen to over 16,000.

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With the number of male victims rising, we contacted all London

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boroughs to explore what they were doing to address

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the problem and see what victim support services they provided.

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We found that 18 areas in England and Wales do

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However, for victims in London, we discovered there is not one

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single refuge available for male victims of domestic abuse.

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Men are not always willing to go and get help and sometimes

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that is part of the problem in tackling this issue.

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The issue for men, when they are a victim,

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is that they feel a sense of damaged pride, a fear of not being believed.

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London is the worst place in the country to be a male

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Men, just like women, need places to go if they are victims

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of domestic violence that are safe, that do provide refuge.

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We view those spaces as an automatic right for women.

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Domestic abuse catches people by surprise.

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That is why councils need to make sure they have services available

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Survivors such as Dan hope their experiences will influence

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policymakers and refuges and safe spaces for men will be

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If you've been affected by the issues in that

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report, you can speak to the Men's Advice Line

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Police and the Health and Safety Executive have launched

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separate investigations into the death of a tree surgeon,

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who was killed while trimming a tree in Bermondsey.

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31-year-old Gregory Bulbuc was left dangling from a rope

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Getting London known around the world for safe travel

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was a pledge made by Mayor Sadeeq Khan,

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which is why recent events have come as such a blow.

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Three cyclists and two pedestrians have been killed this month,

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leading to campaigners calling for urgent action.

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Responsibility falls heavily on the new Walking and Cycling

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Commissioner for London, who's been speak to our Political

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It's day four of Will Norman's new job as London's Walking

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It won't be the last time he's pictured on his bike.

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Ten months after Sadiq Khan came to power, this is the man he wants

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If we can get more people walking, more people cycling over the next

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few years, then I see that as a huge success.

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But he starts work the week after three cyclists and two

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pedestrians were killed on London's streets.

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At the weekend there were more protests by campaigners,

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more demands that the mayor and City Hall do more.

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What happened last week was an absolute tragedy.

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You know, one cyclist getting injured, one pedestrian getting

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injured is one too many, but have three killed in one week

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and two pedestrians killed in the same week is tragic,

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and that's why my role is so important.

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That's why we need to take action on this.

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We have got challenges ahead of us and I'm determined

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Cycling campaigners have welcomed the appointment,

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but say City Hall now has to deliver on its promises.

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We're really excited to have him here.

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What we want now is some momentum, you know?

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We've seen a lot of fine words from the new Mayor,

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from Val Shawcross, his deputy, and we've seen some

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of the big changes coming in, but what we haven't seen this

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The man who used to do Will Norman's job when Boris Johnson was mayor

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is sceptical about the mayor's promises of ?770 million

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All the talk of extra money means nothing without the political

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will to actually spend it on something meaningful.

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We've not seen any new schemes at all proposed since Sadiq came

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to office and we've seen most of our schemes that we inherited

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either dumped or kicked into the long grass.

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This roundabout in Westminster is the most dangerous

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in the capital, being changed at the moment to make it safer,

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and the new Cycling Commissioner says more will follow.

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One of my jobs coming in, it's day four at the moment,

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but it's about looking at where the potential new schemes

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that will be coming in, what else can we be doing to this?

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The budget is there, Sadiq's committed a record-breaking

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budget for this agenda, because he recognises

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Bold pledges on day four, ones he and the mayor will be judged on.

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Hope turned to despair today for hundreds of thousands

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The Aslef Union had agreed a deal to end the dispute,

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It's been a long term saga and Marc Ashdown has been

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looking at the "deals, or no deals" that have

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It's a simple enough question, who should operate the doors

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on a train, the driver or the conductor?

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But it's led to nearly a year of industrial strife.

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The first talks between the RMT and Southern took place just

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With confidence high it could be ended quickly,

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More strikes followed in May and June.

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I just think they really need to sort it out.

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July brought some respite, but by August another five-day

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Back round the negotiating table, and could there be an end in sight?

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Southern put forward an 8-point plan with certain sweetness

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The RMT claimed the government intervened to block any agreement,

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Remember, remember the 7th of September?

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And in October relations soured further.

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Managers put a take it or leave it deal on the table for conductors,

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accept a one-off payment and new terms or face the sack.

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The talks collapsed, a three-day strike followed.

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A second union now joined in, Aslef, representing train drivers.

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After a day of talks, Aslef said it was hopeful

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The RMT claimed it was banned from talks and negotiations

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No deal, and the first all-out strike - drivers and conductors.

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For three days no trains ran on any of the 2242 Southern services,

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I don't care now, I just want it resolved.

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It led to protests outside the Department for Transport.

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And in January, a six-day strike split into two three-day walk outs,

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BBC London got all sides round the table on podiums to try

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to try and thrash it out in a public debate.

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And now they're refusing to come to compromise.

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I am deeply sorry for the inconvenience

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Finally at the start of this month, Aslef struck a deal with Southern.

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No, I hadn't heard that, but thank you, that's terrific news.

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Great news then, all the union had to do was get its members to accept.

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At one o'clock today, it was rejected.

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Aslef says it respects the decision and will keep

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Southern says it's saddened and hugely disappointed.

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For passengers, this long-running dispute continues.

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That's it for now from me, but lets find out what the weather's

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Yes, much better winners than yesterday. But we were all looking

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at something cheery today. Tomorrow morning a bit grey. Wouldn't be

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surprised if there is some rain for some early commuters. But as the day

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gets going, not too much in the way of breeze. I think it will turn out

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to be a decent day. Probably not as much sunshine is today and just peg

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those temperatures back by a degree or two. 10-11. You're probably

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thinking just in time for the weekend, comes up weather front but

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it's running into the high pressure, that tends to throttle the life out

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of the systems. May see thickening cloud but I think the day on

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Saturday primarily a dry one, not too much in the way of breeze, get

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out and get on with it sort of day. Having seen that on Saturday,

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another front will come down towards us but I think we have a lot of dry

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weather again. The top temperature of 11. Not too bad for the

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forthcoming weekend. Here is Nick Miller

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forthcoming weekend. Here is Nick Miller with a resume of the National

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weather picture. Hello, rain for some of us today

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although it won't make much of a dent in the dry winter so far across

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much of the UK. A few threatening clouds in Cumbria but more than a

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threat of rain across the pond for Friday. The wettest weather system

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of the season is over heading into California, and there have been a

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few, with copious amounts of rain and lots of mountain snow.

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Record-breaking wet winter so far in parts of California. In Los Angeles

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