While the majority of domestic violence victims are women, a significant number of men also experience abuse by intimate partners. However, male victims often face unique barriers to getting help. Cultural stigmas, skepticism from authorities, and a lack of available resources can prevent men from coming forward or leaving dangerous situations. But support is out there – male victims just need to know where to look.
Studies estimate that one in four victims of domestic violence are actually male. Abuse against men occurs in both heterosexual and same-sex partnerships. It can take the form of physical violence, emotional manipulation, financial control, and sexual abuse. Male victims are also in danger - research shows that 40% of severe physical domestic violence is committed against men.
However, prevailing attitudes make it difficult for men to come forward. Admitting abuse seems emasculating, inviting victim-blaming. Men fear they won't be believed or taken seriously by police, courts, shelters, or even friends and family. But this reluctance to seek help enables abuse to continue and even escalate over time. Please, take the time seek help because people like us are here for you.