Male victims of domestic violence suffering in silence: Summary

Male victims of domestic violence in Brighton & Hove are suffering in silence. A review of local and national research by The Men’s Network reveals that, when compared with female victims, men are:

  • Less likely to realise they are a victim
  • Less likely to tell anyone about the abuse
  • Less likely to tell the police
  • Less likely to get a conviction
  • Less likely to access local support services

The research reveals that:

  • Around 40% of victims experiencing domestic violence every year are men though they are less likely to report the crime to the police
  • Male victims are five times less likely to realize they are the victim of a crime (only 10% who sustain a minor injury call the event a crime compared with 53% of female victims)
  • Nearly two-thirds of male victims (63%) tell no-one about the most serious case of domestic violence compared to 31% of female victims
  • In Brighton & Hove 22% of incidents of domestic violence reported to the police involved a male victim
  • In Brighton & Hove 13% of recorded incidents involving a male victim result in a charge, compared with 30% for female victims.
  • In 2008/2009 Domestic Violence projects in Brighton & Hove received £743,440 yet there is no specialist service for male victims
  • 18% of domestic homicide victims are male yet only 2.4% of the 125 people identified as being at ‘very high-risk’ of homicide by local agencies are men
  • Out of 488 Brighton & Hove residents who received a service from the local domestic violence service 15 (3%) were men

Click here now to read the full report.


Glen Poole is UK co-ordinator for International Men's Day, Director at the consultancy Helping Men and news editor of insideMAN magazine. Follow him on twitter @HelpingMen or find out more about his work at

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7 comments on “Male victims of domestic violence suffering in silence: Summary
  1. […] For a shorter summary of this article click here now […]

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  3. sinbadking says:

    Ignored by police , my own family and social services who all sided with the perpetrator.Threatened by my GP when reporting bruising to my eyes etc. So much more! This just to give a hint.

  4. […] Click here to read The Men’s Network’s report on male victims of domestic violence  […]

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