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Statistics

Below are statistics and research on male victims of domestic abuse.

70 Key Facts about Male Victims of Domestic Abuse and Partner Abuse (June 2023)

  • 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

Convictions of Domestic Abuse (2004/05 – 2018/19) – new

Domestic Abuse Homicides (2007 – 08 to 2018 – 19)– new

Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (“Clare’s Law”) update  – coming soon

Male Victims of Domestic Abuse and Partner Abuse:Briefing on Gender and Sexuality of Perpetrators (The Gender of their Perpetrators is Overwhelmingly Female)

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:

Domestic abuse prevalence and trends, England and Wales: year ending March 2019: Report – https://bit.ly/38f7GWh and Data – https://bit.ly/3ajXVrm

Domestic abuse victim characteristics, England and Wales: year ending March 2019: Report  – https://bit.ly/2VyvfXq and Data – https://bit.ly/3acxG5Y

Partner abuse in detail, England and Wales: year ending March 2018: Report  – https://bit.ly/38epe4X and Data – https://bit.ly/38faSRL

The nature of violent crime in England and Wales: year ending March 2018 (published February 2019)

Other statistical sites or research

Further statistics and research on male victims of domestic abuse are below.

Dr Elizabeth Bates: Hidden Victims and 20 Voices video

“No one would ever believe me”: an exploration of the impact of intimate partner violence victimization on men. Psychology of Men and Masculinity 

Men’s experience of domestic abuse in Scotland: An Update

Gendered Stereotypes and intimate violence

Testing Predictions

Dr Siobhan WeareForced to Penetrate

Parity UK

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: Men who experience domestic abuse: A service perspective

Dr Jesscia McCarrick: New Voices: The ‘Minority’ Man?

William CollinsDomestic Abuse and the Family Courts

Safe Liveshttp://www.safelives.org.uk/policy-evidence/policy-and-research-library

Dewar 4 Research: http://www.dewar4research.org/

Springer Hub: Partner Abuse Summary of 70+ Studies

Abby James: Examining Issues Surrounding Public Attitudes and Awareness in Relation to Domestic Violence Against Males

Michelle Wells: It’s deemed unmanly’: men’s experiences of intimate partner violence (IPV)

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)

Lydia StonemanThe Current Social Issue of Stigmatisation towards Male Victims of Intimate Partner

Zoe Garratt: Domestic Violence Against Men – Is it a Forgotten Crime?

Dr Simon JosolyneMen’s experiences of violence and abuse from a female intimate partner:

Katie LambertBroken 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

Archive

Intimate (ex) Partner Homicides: Men (to 2015/16) – old

Convictions of Domestic Abuse (2004/05 – 2017/18) – 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)

70 Key Facts about Male Victims of Domestic Abuse and Partner Abuse (April 2023)

55 Key Facts about Male Victims of Domestic Abuse and Partner Abuse (April 2021)

50 Key Facts about Male Victims of Domestic Abuse and Partner Abuse (March 2020)

45 Key Facts and Statistics on Male Victims of Domestic Abuse (March 2019)– old

45 Key Facts about Male Victims of Domestic Abuse (March 2019) – old old

35 Key Facts – Male Victims of Domestic Abuse – old

Number of male victims of domestic abuse reporting to England and Wales police forces (2012-2016) – old

30 Key Facts – Male Victims (February 2017) – old

Convictions of Domestic Violence perpetrators (2004-2016) – old

Number of domestic abuse victims reporting to the police (2012 to 2015) – old

30 Key Facts – Male Victims (Nov 2016) – old

30 Key Facts – Male Victims (Sep 2016) – old

30 Key Facts – Male Victims (Mar 2016) – old

Convictions of Domestic Violence perpetrators (2004 -2014) – old

Police Force Domestic Abuse Reporting (2012 to 2015) – excel – old

Clare’s Law –old

Clare’s Law (Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme) – old

Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (Clare’s Law) – old

Convictions for Domestic Abuse – (2004/05 to 2016/17) – old

Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (Clare’s Law) – male victims – 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