Statistics and Research
There is a growing amount of research, statistics and videos about male victims of domestic abuse.
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Below are statistics and research on male victims of domestic abuse.
- The Office for National Statistics figures show every year that one in the three victims of domestic abuse are male equating to 699,000 men in 21/22 (1.671m women).
- One in 6-7 men and one in 4 women will be a victim of domestic abuse in their lifetime.
- Of domestic abuse crimes recorded by the police, 25% were committed against men.
- Only 4.7% of victims of domestic abuse being supporting by local domestic services are men according to SafeLives data. This highlights how few men are being supported for local domestic abuse services.
- 66% of the men who call the ManKind Initiative helpline have never spoken to anyone before about the abuse they are suffering and 64% would not have called if the helpline was not anonymous.
- Currently in the UK (1 June 2023) there are 43 organisations with 302 refuge or safe house spaces available for men (99 dedicated for men and 203 for men or women). These figures are hugely skewed by one organisation with 37 spaces. If these were removed, the spaces would be 42 organisations with 265 places. The median number per organisation is 4 spaces
- Half of male victims (49%) fail to tell anyone they are a victim of domestic abuse and are two and a half times less likely to tell anyone than female victims (19%).
- 11% of male victims (7.2% women) have considered taking their life due to partner abuse. The charity has seen an increase in calls regarding suicide ideation over the pandemic period and beyond.
- In 2021/22, 18 men died at the hands of their partner or ex-partner compared to 60 women. For men, it is the highest figure since 2008/09 and doubles that from 2019/20. It is one man every three weeks.
Police Reporting Figures on Victims of Domestic Abuse by Gender (2012-2018) – including male victims and female victims
Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (“Clare’s Law”) update – coming soon
Media Coverage of male victims of domestic abuse including cases and examples
Office for National Statistics (England and Wales) / Scotland:
The key ONS reports can be found on this page called Domestic abuse in England and Wales overview: November 2019: https://bit.ly/3aj64fz
These reports include:
The nature of violent crime in England and Wales: year ending March 2018 (published February 2019)
Media coverage of male victims of domestic abuse
Other statistical sites or research
Further statistics and research on male victims of domestic abuse are below.
Dr Siobhan Weare: Forced to Penetrate
Domestic abuse in London: Numbers of male victims and services available
Dr Brian Dempsey (Abused Men in Scotland): Men’s Experience of Domestic Abuse in Scotland
Daryll Sweet (Men’s Advisory Project Northern Ireland – MAPNI): Towards Gender Equality.
Dr Ben Hine: Invisible Men
Dr Sarah Wallace
Dr Jesscia McCarrick: New Voices: The ‘Minority’ Man?
William Collins: Domestic Abuse and the Family Courts
Dewar 4 Research: http://www.dewar4research.org/
Springer Hub: Partner Abuse Summary of 70+ Studies
Marie Hunter: Female Perpetrated Domestic Abuse
Laura Geall: The Underepresentation of male victims
Khawaja Akbar: Law and the Male Victim of Domestic Violence (Khawaja Akbar)
Dr Simon Josolyne: Men’s experiences of violence and abuse from a female intimate partner:
Katie Lambert: Broken Men Break The Silence
Christopher Stephenson: Fathers’ Experiences of Domestic Violence
Suzanne Baines: Criminal Justice Response to Male Victims
Mark Brooks: The Seven Challenges Male Victims Face
*fact 39 under revision
Intimate (ex) Partner Homicides: Men (to 2015/16) – old
Police reporting figures (2012-2017) – old (male and female victims of domestic abuse)
Domestic abuse: findings from the Crime Survey for England and Wales: year ending March 2018 (published November 2018)
Domestic abuse in England and Wales: year ending March 2018 – charity, police and other data (published November 2018)
Datatools (published November 2018)
Scotland Domestic Abuse Survey (November 2018)
Clare’s Law –old
Focus on violent crime and sexual offences, England and Wales: year ending Mar 2016 (published on 9 February 2017) and (published 8 Febraury 2018) for year ending Mar 2017