More than 40% of domestic violence victims are men. 2 in 5 of all victims of domestic violence are men, contradicting the widespread impression that it is almost always women who are left battered and bruised, a new report claims.
"Data from Home Office statistical bulletins and the British Crime Survey show that men made up about 40% of domestic violence victims each year between 2004-05 and 2008-09, the last year for which figures are available. In 2006-07 men made up 43.4% of all those who had suffered partner abuse in the previous year, which rose to 45.5% in 2007-08 but fell to 37.7% in 2008-09".
Most men who experience domestic violence and abuse often don’t seek help until the problem becomes a crisis, researchers say. Men tend to worry they would not be believed, or that they would be perceived as less masculine if they reported abuse, their analysis found. Fear of disclosure was the main concerned for men. Along with fearing, many men concluded that they wouldn’t be believed or would be seen as weak. Men often stayed in abusive relationships because they felt committed to or concerned about their partners. Also, many times victims are unaware that there are services to protect them.
Literacy is another issue because women are taught that domestic abuse is something that happens to women and therefore they need to be on their guard. Men aren’t taught or brought up in the same way.