Below are statistics on male victims of domestic abuse. Please also consult the research page.
- 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 fail to tell anyone 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.
- In terms of refuges/safe houses, 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.
Summary-Police-Reporting-2012-2018 (published Aug 2020) – including male victims and female victims
Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (“Clare’s Law”) update – coming soon
Successful complaint to Office for Statistics Regulation about the Home Office use in the Statutory Guidance (Domestic Abuse Bill / Act) of the word “vast” to describe the difference in the numbers of women and men perpetrating domestic abuse. The Statutory Guidance stated “Domestic abuse most commonly takes place in intimate partner relationships. The vast majority is perpetrated by men against women…” The Office for Statistics Regulation decision was to support the ManKind Initiative complaint and therefore not allow the Home Office to use the word in the description.
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)
Archive (preserved to protect links)
Intimate (ex) Partner Homicides: Men (to 2015/16) – old
Police reporting figures (2012-2017) – old (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)
Domestic abuse in England and Wales: year ending March 2018 – charity, police and other data (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 February 2018) for year ending Mar 2017
Police Reporting Figures on Victims of Domestic Abuse by Gender (2012-2018) -old