Domestic Violence: Domestic Violence is defined as violence or abuse
towards another adult that are both in a relationship together.
An overwhelming amount of men have been beaten by their
wives and there is only little refuge they could seek. There
have been many cases in Britain where men have been
scratched, kicked, bitten and also attacked with bottles and
Stephen Fitzgerald, national organiser for the Mankind
Initiative, which refers men to the refuge, said that
some fathers had moved into the safe house with their
“A lot of these men have suffered both physical and
mental abuse for, on average, about six years,” he said.
“We have spoken to men who have been laid out with
iron bars, had glass put in their food and been set upon
with a knife. Others have been stabbed, punched in the
face and threatened with an axe.”
Why women are abusive against their
Sometimes women abuse their men because they have experienced
abuse in the past themselves. Sometimes they do it to feel inferior.
Sometimes women abuse men because they were previously abused by
the same person they are abusing now.
No matter what the reason behind the abusing is, Domestic violence is
There are many different types of advice lines open for men who are
experiencing violence from their partners. These help lines encourage
men to speak out and not be afraid to stand up for themselves/
Very little in known about the actual
number of men who are in a domestic
relationship in which they are abused or
treated violently by women. In 100
domestic violence situations approximately
40 cases involve violence by women
against men. An estimated 400,000
women per year are abused or treated
violently in the United States by their
spouse or intimate partner. This means
that roughly 300,000 to 400,000 men are
treated violently by their wife or girl friend.
The incidence of domestic violence against
men appears to be so low that it is hard to
get reliable estimates.
It has taken years of advocacy and support
to encourage women to report domestic
violence. Virtually nothing has been done
to encourage men to report abuse.
The idea that men could be victims of
domestic abuse and violence is so
unthinkable to most people that many men
will not even attempt to report the situation.
Men's Advice Line and Enquiries - 020 8
Information, support and advice to men
experiencing domestic violence. Open from
9am to 10pm, Monday and Wednesday
(answer phone at other times). Local
projects for men are available in some