Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Male Victims of Domestic and Family Violence

In my work as a sexual trauma psychotherapist, we are not an agency that caters only to female survivors of molestation, rape, or domestic assault (yes, a husband can rape his wife) - we also see male survivors. I don't know what the statistics are for our agency, but I know we see men who have been beaten by their wives (and generally they have experienced prior sexual and emotional abuse as children or teens).

I found this 7-segment video (all of which are embedded here) at the One in Three site - one in three victims of family violence is male.


Contrary to common beliefs, up to One in Three victims of sexual assault and at least One in Three victims of family violence and abuse is male1 (perhaps as many as one in two - see our overview of research page). The vast majority of perpetrators of intimate partner violence against males are female, reflecting the fact that the vast majority of intimate relationships are heterosexual (men in same-sex relationships are just as likely as straight men to experience intimate partner violence). Other family members who perpetrate violence against males are just as likely to be male as female.

This video presents a Panel Session called Meeting the needs of male victims of domestic and family violence, presented at the Australian Institute of Criminology's Meeting the needs of victims of crime conference held in Sydney on 19 May 2011.

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