​Men as victims of domestic violence

Author(s) Mulroney, Jane and Carrie Chan
Title Men as victims of domestic violence
Source Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse Topic Paper, 2008, pp. 1-18
Date 2008
Document type Research report
CoverageAustralia
Summary This article examines the limited evidence available regarding male victims of domestic violence. The problems with recording victimisation rates are discussed, including the low responses to surveys and the difficulties distinguishing male victims from male perpetrators. The nature of violence and abuse experienced by men is reported as different to that experienced by women. Men were less likely to have been repeat victims of assault, or have been seriously injured, or report being fearful in their home. A number of issues are identified for further consideration, including the form of data collection, research methods, theoretical frameworks and implications for service providers. It is recommended that future research focuses on understanding the contextual, power, and impact differences between men's experiences and women's experiences of partner violence in heterosexual and same-sex relationships.
Keywords Domestic violence; victimisation; injuries; gender differences; male victims
Topic Male victims; Domestic violence