Information for Men

Men, as Well as Women, are Victimized by Violence.

Although the majority of victims of domestic violence are females, men can be victims of domestic violence too. Women accounted for 85% of the victims of intimate partner violence, men for approximately 15%. (Bureau of Justice Statistics Crime Data Brief, Intimate Partner Violence, 1993-2001, February 2003)

Men and boys are less likely to report violence and seek services due to the following challenges:

  • stigma of being a male victim
  • perceived failure to conform to the macho stereotype
  • fear of not being believed
  • denial of victim status
  • lack of support from society, family members, and friends

(FORGE: For Ourselves: Reworking Gender Expression. Accessed July 2007)

One out of 14 men has been physically assaulted by a current or former spouse, cohabitating partner, boyfriend/girlfriend or date at some point in their lives. (Thoennes, N., & Tjaden, P., 2000)

If you want more information or need Help, please call:
National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE
National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE