AMIS was created in 2010 by a group of concerned women and men from a variety of backgrounds, including men who had experienced domestic abuse. They came together because of a growing interest and concern that domestic abuse was a serious issue for men. The men affected had been at a loss for years as to where to find help, until a news story about plans to set up a support service prompted them to get in touch.
In late 2009, the group submitted a petition to Holyrood, calling for the absence of services for male victims to be addressed. The Petitions Committee sought further information from a range of services and organisations. The response was mixed, but the prevailing view was sceptical, suggesting that male victims were rare, that most claims were false, and the few genuine male victims could be dealt with by existing mainstream organisations.