Below are statistics on male victims of domestic abuse. Please also consult the research page.
Key Document (summary below): Male victims of domestic abuse and partner abuse – 55 key facts and statistics
The Office for National Statistics figures show every year that one in the three victims of domestic abuse are male equating to 757,000 men (1.561m women).
One in 6-7 men and one in 4 women will be a victim of domestic abuse in their lifetime.
Of domestic abuse crimes recorded by the police, 26% were committed against men. This equates to c155,000 offences per year.
Only 4.4% of victims of domestic abuse being supporting by local domestic services are men according to SafeLives data. This highlights how few men are being supported for local domestic abuse services.
Over the pandemic period, the charity saw an increase of calls to its helpline by one quarter and visits to its website by 75%.
61% of the men who call the ManKind Initiative helpline have never spoken to anyone before about the abuse they are suffering and 64% would not have called if the helpline was not anonymous.
There are 39 organisations with 238 spaces in refuges or safe houses for men – with only 58 of those places are dedicated for men.
Half of male victims (49%) fail to tell anyone they are a victim of domestic abuse and are two and a half times less likely to tell anyone than female victims (19%).
11% of male victims (7.2% women) have considered taking their life due to partner abuse. The charity has seen an increase in calls regarding suicide ideation over the pandemic period.
Over the past five years (April 2015 to March 20), on average 12 men per year had been killed by a partner or ex-partner (74 women per year).
Office for National Statistics: Key Document Page (latest up until end of March 20)
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
Archive (preserved to protect links)
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 2020: https://bit.ly/3aj64fz
These reports include:
The nature of violent crime in England and Wales: year ending March 2018 (published February 2019)
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