Men are often the forgotten victims of domestic abuse
Anyone can become a victim of domestic abuse: rich, poor, educated, white, black, female and male. Women make up the majority of domestic abuse victims. However, statistics really don't really matter when you are the victim and you are male.
Men can be victims from abusive wives or same sex partners. The domestic violence definition includes any abusive family member including a father, mother or sibling.
Men can find it difficult to seek help. Friends and family may not take them seriously or they feel ashamed or that somehow they deserve it. But they have the right to live safely to be treated with respect.
Domestic violence is against the law regardless if you are a male or female abuser. Men have the same rights as an abused women. Statutory services that provide support for victims must provide you support regardless of gender. This includes the police, who will take you seriously and can arrest or prosecute your abuser.
There are charities set up specifically to help male victims of domestic violence, reach out and talk to them.
- The ManKind Initiative www.mankind.org.uk or call 01823 334 244
- Mens Advice Line www.mensadviceline.org.uk 0808 801 0327