There is Help for Men Who Are Victims of Abuse
Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking. According to the CDC, nearly 1 in 10 men have experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime and reported some form of intimate partner violence (IPV)-related impact. About 1 in 7 men have experienced severe physical violence from an intimate partner.
Although the majority of reports of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking come from women, there are a number of reasons that male victims do not report. These include:
- Men are taught not to express their feelings or be viewed as “weak.”
- Men are stereotyped as abusers.
- The abuse of men is often treated as a joke.
- Men may not be aware of resources or support.
Abuse is not limited to physical violence. Emotional and verbal abuse can be just as damaging. Domestic violence can also look like:
- Verbal abuse or humiliation in front of friends, colleagues, family, or on social media.
- Possessiveness or other controlling behavior due to jealousy.
- Controlling possessions such as car keys.
- Controlling your finances.
- Making false allegations about you to your friends, employer, the police, or finding other ways to manipulate and isolate you.
- Threatening to leave you and prevent you from seeing your kids if you report the abuse.