Statistics on Male Victims of Domestic Abuse

Statistics

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

Convictions of Domestic Abuse (2004/05 – 2018/19) – new

Domestic Abuse Homicides (2007 – 08 to 2018 – 19)– new

Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (“Clare’s Law”) update  – coming soon

Male Victims of Domestic Abuse and Partner Abuse:Briefing on Gender and Sexuality of Perpetrators (The Gender of their Perpetrators is Overwhelmingly Female)

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

Media coverage, publicised research, court rulings and examples of male victims of domestic abuse (2007 to March 2020)

 

———————————————————————————————————————————————–

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:

Domestic abuse prevalence and trends, England and Wales: year ending March 2019: Report – https://bit.ly/38f7GWh and Data – https://bit.ly/3ajXVrm

Domestic abuse victim characteristics, England and Wales: year ending March 2019: Report  – https://bit.ly/2VyvfXq and Data – https://bit.ly/3acxG5Y

Partner abuse in detail, England and Wales: year ending March 2018: Report  – https://bit.ly/38epe4X and Data – https://bit.ly/38faSRL

The nature of violent crime in England and Wales: year ending March 2018 (published February 2019)

50 Key Facts about Male Victims of Domestic Abuse and Partner Abuse (March 2020)

Intimate (ex) Partner Homicides: Men (to 2015/16) – old

Convictions of Domestic Abuse (2004/05 – 2017/18) – 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)

50 Key Facts about Male Victims of Domestic Abuse and Partner Abuse (March 2020)

45 Key Facts and Statistics on Male Victims of Domestic Abuse (March 2019)– old

45 Key Facts about Male Victims of Domestic Abuse (March 2019) – old old

35 Key Facts – Male Victims of Domestic Abuse – old

Number of male victims of domestic abuse reporting to England and Wales police forces (2012-2016) – old

30 Key Facts – Male Victims (February 2017) – old

Convictions of Domestic Violence perpetrators (2004-2016) – old

Number of domestic abuse victims reporting to the police (2012 to 2015) – old

30 Key Facts – Male Victims (Nov 2016) – old

30 Key Facts – Male Victims (Sep 2016) – old

30 Key Facts – Male Victims (Mar 2016) – old

Convictions of Domestic Violence perpetrators (2004 -2014) – old

Police Force Domestic Abuse Reporting (2012 to 2015) – excel – old

Clare’s Law –old

Clare’s Law (Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme) – old

Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (Clare’s Law) – old

Convictions for Domestic Abuse – (2004/05 to 2016/17) – old

Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (Clare’s Law) – male victims – 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