In the UK, the overwhelming perception or stereotype of a domestic abuse victim is a female. However, worrying statistics reported by the Mankind Initiative website shows this isn’t always the case, and men also suffer domestic abuse.
Male Domestic Abuse Statistics
The research from Mankind Initiative reports that:
- For every three victims of domestic abuse in this country, one will be male
- 15% of men (aged 16 – 59 years old) in the UK (approximately 2.4 million) have suffered a form of domestic abuse since the age of 16
- In 2016/17, 4.3% of men (approximately 713,000) experienced domestic abuse, and 13 men are thought to have died as a result of domestic abuse suffered from a partner or ex-partner
- Male victims are over three times (39%) more likely than women (12%) to not tell anyone about their domestic abuse
Men often feel that there is a stigma attached to speaking out against a violent partner and feel weak. This is not the case and it has been established that the impact of domestic abuse on men can have a detrimental effect upon all aspect of their lives.
It is important for any victim of domestic abuse to remember that abusive behaviour in whatever form should not be tolerated and constitutes a criminal offence.
Defining Domestic Abuse
A common misconception in the UK is that domestic abuse is limited to physical acts of violence.
In reality, the term ‘domestic abuse’ is a far broader term and can incorporate emotional, psychological, sexual and financial behaviour, and can occur between those in an intimate relationship as well as between family members.
Unfortunately, domestic abuse is rarely a one-off event and usually occurs over an extended period. It is also important to remember that the impact of abuse is often not just limited to the victim themselves, but can have a negative effect on any children of a relationship and other family members.
It is important for any victim to understand that if they are currently suffering from abuse, a warning letter can be sent to a perpetrator to prevent further abuse occurring.
In some serious cases, a Non-Molestation Order can be obtained to provide protection from abuse from a partner or ex-partner. In certain circumstances, an Occupation Order can also be obtained to determine who inhabits the family home.
Legal Aid is available for emergency applications, however you must still meet the means and merits scope which Nelsons can assist with free of charge in advance.
How Nelsons Can Help
If you require any assistance in respect of the issues raised above, or for any further information, please contact a member of Nelsons’ expert Family Law team on 0800 024 1976 or contact us via the online form.