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What is domestic abuse?

The Home Office definition of a domestic violence incident is:

  Any incident or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or are family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.

It is the one that the ManKind Initiative uses.

The ManKind Initiative believes that domestic abuse and violence is a social problem where both men and women can be victims.


Clare’s Law (Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme) – Male and Female Statistics

30 key facts about male victims

Convictions of Domestic Violence perpetrators (2004 -2014)

Male victim numbers reporting to English and Welsh police forces

Other statistical sites

Dewar 4 Research:

British Crime Survey (2010/11) – Statistical Volume 2 (England and Wales) – see Chapter 3
2010/2011 Scottish Crime and Justice Survey: Partner Abuse
(2)          Submission Campaigns



The 90% statistic  

Some organisations claim that 90% of men who claim to be victims of domestic abuse, are in fact perpetrators. The ManKind Initiative does not believe this figure is remotely true and does not believe those that use this figure have the interests of male victims of domestic abuse at heart. This figure has not been verified independently nor peer reviewed nor tested.



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