There remains a long-held myth in some quarters that men can not be victims of domestic abuse or violence.
However, recent police figures obtained by support organisation The ManKind Initiative completely debunks that theory once and for all, showing that domestic abuse complaints by men have more than doubled in the past five years.
Statistics obtained from 41 police forces also showed that men accounted for a quarter of all victims in domestic abuse cases where the gender of the offender was reported.
Not only do the figures bear out the truth that men can indeed be victims, they also serve as an important reminder that domestic abuse does not always have to be physical violence, but can also manifest itself as emotional, psychological, financial abuse and more.
Often where there is abuse or violence perpetrated by women against men, the male victim often feels unable to defend himself or can feel too embarrassed to speak about it to anybody else.
It is common that men who are victims of such abuse feel shame and therefore struggle to report the issues.
A recent case in the news refers to a Liverpool man, Paul Lavelle, who had been a victim of domestic abuse which was left unreported and sadly resulted in him losing his life. His family have expressed in the media the importance of men speaking out about domestic abuse and preventing further incidents being left unreported.
As domestic abuse solicitors operating across the Liverpool city region, we have certainly seen a rise in the number of men contacting us for help and advice in respect of domestic abuse and violence.
We have seen an increase in men obtaining Non-Molestation orders, which is a protective injunction aimed at preventing a perpetrator from continuing their abusive behaviours, physical or otherwise. This type of injunction protects the victim of abuse from being subjected to any form of harassment, whether by social media or word of mouth, and protects them from violence.
It’s vital that men feel able to report incidents of domestic abuse and don’t just turn a blind eye in the hope that it goes away.
Men are as vulnerable to domestic abuse as women and society has a huge role to play in giving them the confidence to come forward in the knowledge they will be believed, while providing vital support for victims regardless of their gender.