Male Domestic Violence Victims: Men Can Be Abused Too

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Male Domestic Violence Victims: Men Can Be Abused Too

It’s officially known: Men can be on the receiving end of domestic violence (intimate partner abuse). Unfortunately, some people still deny that men can be victims of abuse, making it very difficult for men to be taken seriously.

In truth, both men and women face the same cycle of domestic violence that characterize these abusive relationships: threats, abuse, apologies and promises that it won’t happen again. Also, abuse in all relationships can take many forms, including physical, verbal, emotional/psychological, threatening or stalking, and sexual. Women can and do inflict all types of abuse on their male partners.

One difference between men and women in abusive relationships is a chilling indication that men need help getting out of these relationships, too. According to MenWeb, men are almost twice as likely to have knives wielded against them or to be struck with hard objects.

Help for Male Domestic Violence Victims

If you are a man in a domestic violence situation, here are some tips for reaching out:

  • Don’t take the blame. Abusers like to manipulate you by making you think you’re the one at fault. That makes it hard to seek help.
  • Work past the shame by seeking help. Talk to someone you know and trust, your doctor, a counselor, etc.
  • Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233 for crisis intervention and referral to local resources.

Being a victim of abuse is not a sign of weakness. It means that your partner is abusive. No one deserves to be the receiver of abuse, woman or man.

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2018, January 29). Male Domestic Violence Victims: Men Can Be Abused Too, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 16 from

Last Updated: January 31, 2018

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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