Male victims

Practitioners - Domestic violence and abuse and male victims

Although the volume of male victims of domestic violence and abuse is low compared to female victims, it is important to recognise that men do experience domestic violence.  Like women, men can find it difficult to disclose the violence to family, friends or services for a range of reasons.  In addition, they may face disbelief or ridicule due to stereotypical attitudes to masculinity. 

The impact of domestic violence on men may be different to women in that they are less likely to experience the same levels of fear, risk, continued harassment after separation and child contact issues, nevertheless, it is vital that men receive help, support and protection when they disclose domestic violence.
Consultation with men and findings from good practice indicates that men presenting to services as victims benefit from assessment tools which cater to their particular needs, explore the dynamics of the relationship and do not simply mirror services to women.
For more information, download the Male victim assessment from the Related Documents section on this page.

Domestic violence and abuse in same sex relationships

There is limited research on the prevalence of domestic violence and abuse in same sex relationships, but consultation with lesbians and gay men indicates that they face a range of issues and barriers when seeking help.  These can include disbelief and homophobic attitudes leading to exclusion from services and a lack of protection.  Services should work to ensure inclusion and accessibility for all victims of domestic violence and encourages good practice to all those affected by the issue.