Below are statistics and research on male victims of domestic abuse.
- 576,000 men (2.5% men) and 1.2 million (4.8 women) were victims of partner abuse in 2018/19 equating to a ratio of two female victims to every one male victim.
- In 2017/18, 11% of male victims (7.2% women) have considered taking their life due to partner abuse.
- In 2017/18, nearly half of male victims fail to tell anyone they are a victim of domestic abuse (only 51% tell anyone). They are nearly three times less likely to tell anyone than a female victim (49% of men tell no one as opposed to 19% women). This has worsened since 2015/16 where the figures were 61% for men (88% women).
- In 2018/19 – 16 men (80 women) were killed at the hands of their current or ex-partner.
- Currently, there are 37 organisations with 204 spaces with only 40 of those places are dedicated for men. Many parts of the UK have no or limited places at all – for instance London has no spaces.
Police Reporting Figures on Victims of Domestic Abuse by Gender (2012-2018) – including male victims and female victims
Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (“Clare’s Law”) update – coming soon
Intimate (ex) Partner Homicides: Men (to 2015/16)
Media Coverage of male victims of domestic abuse including cases and examples
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:
The nature of violent crime in England and Wales: year ending March 2018 (published February 2019)
Media coverage of male victims of domestic abuse
Other statistical sites or research
Further statistics and research on male victims of domestic abuse are below.
Dr Siobhan Weare: Forced to Penetrate
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
Dr Jesscia McCarrick: New Voices: The ‘Minority’ Man?
William Collins: Domestic Abuse and the Family Courts
Dewar 4 Research: http://www.dewar4research.org/
Springer Hub: Partner Abuse Summary of 70+ Studies
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)
Dr Simon Josolyne: Men’s experiences of violence and abuse from a female intimate partner:
Katie Lambert: Broken 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
Police reporting figures (2012-2017) – new (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)
Datatools (published November 2018)
Scotland Domestic Abuse Survey (November 2018)
Clare’s Law –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