Domestic Violence

Men can be perpetrators of domestic violence

Nearly three quarters of domestic violence incidents reported in the 2010 British Crime Survey were perpetrated by men

Domestic violence refers to a range of abusive behaviours which occur within intimate relationships or between family members. It can happen to anyone regardless of age, race, gender and sexuality. Abuse can be physical, sexual, psychological or financial and it is rarely a one off event. Domestic violence is often on going and tends to get worse over time as patterns of bullying, manipulative and controlling behaviour escalate.

Men are reportedly victims in over third of domestic violence incidents. Determining the exact proportion of male victims is difficult because they may be more reluctant to come forward and report it. We also know that in cases of domestic violence, regardless of the perpetrator, the male partner is often removed from the home and that violence against men may be considered to be less serious or in some way more acceptable.

Nearly three quarters of domestic violence incidents reported in the 2010 British Crime Survey were perpetrated by men. There is no denying that men can be perpetrators of domestic violence with many experiencing some form of psychological disorder compounded by associated problems like drug and alcohol abuse, anger and aggression, and risk taking.