British Crime Surveys (BCSs), gives much higher totals of domestic incidents against women than against men, the proportions of total male victims based on these totals ranging from about 15% to 34% during the period 1995 to 2008/09.
[A] second measure of interpersonal violence, ....... gives significantly higher proportions of male victims of non-sexual partner abuse, particularly for the more severe forms of assault, ranging from about 38% to almost 50%.Usually in Canada we see the lower end of the Crime Stats quoted (10%) probably because they are based on the #incidents, however I have never seen the analysis done to show the MUCH HIGHER figures for non-sexual abuse of 38-50% based on the #victims. These figures need to be publicized to move opinion away from the low figures now embedded in peoples minds.
Although women tend to be more harmed or frightened by domestic violence and more tend to be injured, men can also suffer similarly physically and emotionally, and about one third of those injured are men.
Although the experiences of male and female victims have much in common, and both sexes can suffer physical and emotional harm, the plight of male victims of partner abuse is compounded by:
- A greater reluctance to report, even when injured or suffering chronic abuse.
- More likelihood of being disbelieved or even ridiculed if they do.
- A greater likelihood of being themselves arrested.
- A dearth of effective support services including emergency accommodation - male victims being often directed to bed and breakfasts or hostels unsuitable for fathers with children.
- A greater likelihood of being themselves removed from the family home with a high risk of subsequent loss of meaningful, or any, contact with their children, and risk of an adverse effect on their career prospects.
- A greater difficulty in obtaining court orders against violent female partners.
- The institutionalized effects of official policies and practice still negatively influenced against them by entrenched and hostile perspectives based on women as victims and men as perpetrators, so that a holistic and more equitable approach is ignored, and little government funding made available for male victims.
Source: http://www.mankind.org.uk/factsmalevicitms.html (accessed Aug 2010)