Help is at hand for male victims of domestic violence

Men who are victims of domestic violence are being urged to stand up and speak out against the violence.

Figures show one in six men suffer from domestic abuse in their lifetime.

However, male victims (29%) are over twice as likely than women (12%) to not tell anyone about the partner abuse they are suffering from.

Help is at hands for those men who needs it when it comes to confronting the stigma attached with reporting domestic abuse.

Here are some tips as to how you can stand up for yourself:

  • Leave the relationship, if you can - It is important to recognise that you are not to blame, you are not weak and you are not alone. Understand that this is happening to you.

  • Keep a diary and telling others - Keep a diary of incidents, noting down times, dates and witnesses, if any (also see Keep documents, diary and phone to hand).

  • Report to a GP or health professional - GP’s and health professionals are trained to recognise victims of domestic abuse – please confide and report to them if you are a victims.

  • Contact the police - The police have to treat you in the same way as they would treat a female victim.

  • Do not retaliate, if possible - Always try not to retaliate either physically or verbally, leave if you can or try to remove yourself to another room/place

For more information click here.