Male victims of Domestic Abuse
The Positive Relationships Team works with male victims of domestic abuse.
We recognise that men also experience domestic abuse. Mankind (agency dedicated to working and supporting male victims) estimated that 1:6 men will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime.
Men often face the same difficulties as women in reporting domestic abuse, however they can also face different stigmas than female victims and these can prevent them from coming forward to report their abuse.
- Men can be afraid of the stereotype that they should be the “stronger sex” and, as such and therefore would not be experiencing abuse
- Some men do not believe or feel they are a victim until they become completely isolated
- Men may be afraid of disclosing their sexuality if the abuse occurred in a same-sex relationship.
- Men can perceive they will not be believed
- There are few refuges that admit men.
There can also be concerns that partners/ex partners can make false allegations
- Telling the police that you are the one committing the domestic abuse when it is the other way around
- Telling friends, families, your employer, social networks that you are the one committing the domestic abuse
- False allegations of another ‘crime’ such as abusing children
Digital and social media abuse (can affect both male and female victims of abuse and is often perpetrated by former partners):
- stalking you
- placing false and malicious information about you on your or others’ social media
- being trolled
- having no control on your content or not allowed to have access revenge porn
- monitoring or controlling e-mail and phone calls (including work email and calls)
If you require further help, please contact the Positive Relationships Team on 0161 474 1042
Mankind Helpline 01823 334244 http://mankind.org.uk
Men’s Advice Line 0808 801 0327 http://mensadviceline.org.uk