When you hear domestic violence, the first thing that comes to mind is most likely a man physically abusing a woman. Domestic violence is often portrayed this way in TV shows and movies. However, anyone can be a victim of domestic violence – including men. This article covers males as domestic violence victims, the ways they can be victimized, and how a defense attorney can help if you’ve been charged with domestic violence.
They described an intimate partner as a, “romantic or sexual partner and included spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends, people with whom they dated, were seeing, or ‘hooked up.’”
What they found was that 1 in 10 (12.1 million) men in the U.S. experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and or stalking by an intimate partner and reported some form of IPV-related impact during their lifetime.
An IPV impact is defined as experiencing the following:
concerned for safety,
need for medical care,
needed help from law enforcement,
missed at least one day of work/school,
any post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms,
need for housing services,
need for victim advocate services,
need for legal services, and
contacting a crisis hotline.
Additionally, they found that approximately 1 in 3 (37.3 million) men experienced that same abuse during their lifetime without reporting some form of IPV-related impact.
Essentially, 33.6 percent of men surveyed did not seek out domestic violence services.
While 25.1 percent of women reported some form of IPV-related impact, only 10.9 percent of men reported the same.
This could be attributed to the stigma surrounding men and not being able to “fight off” their abusers and the belief that domestic violence laws and resources don’t apply to them.
Additionally, 43.1 percent of men experienced their first IPV during the ages of 25+, with 41.2 percent experiencing the same at the ages of 18-24 and 14.6 percent under the age of 17.