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How many men experience domestic abuse?

Statistics released in February 2015 from the Office for National Statistics cited:

  • 4.5% of men (the equivalent of 700,000 men) reported having experienced domestic abuse in the last year
  • Overall 14.7% of men (the equivalent of 2.4 million men) had experienced domestic abuse since the age of 16

How does this apply to Leicestershire?

Mankind conducted research via Freedom of Information Requests to English and Welsh police forces and compiled statistics based on the 30 months throughout 2012 to June 2014:

  • In Leicestershire alone, there were a total of 966 reports of domestic abuse made by male victims, compared with a total of 6,635 reports of domestic abuse made by female victims.  The male victims make up 13% of all domestic abuse reports in Leicestershire during the period

According to the same research, the areas of England with the most reports of domestic abuse made by male victims were:

  • Metropolitan London (34,832 reports)
  • Thames Valley (17,260 reports)
  • Merseyside (16,320 reports)

How many females are prosecuted for domestic violence against men?

Statistics from the Crown Prosecution Service show that in the period from 2013-2014, 3,735 females were convicted for domestic abuse with a further 1,610 prosecutions that were not successful in being convicted.  During the same period, 54,512 men were convicted and 18,172 prosecutions against men were unsuccessful. 

Is this a lot?

According to Mankind’s ‘30 Key Facts’ research from April 2015, the number of women convicted of perpetrating domestic abuse has more than quadrupled over the past ten years, from 806 in 2004/05 to 3,735 in 2013/14.

Why do men stay in abusive relationships?

DVmen.co.uk states the ‘Top 10 reasons men give for staying’ as:

  • Concern for children
  • Got married for life
  • Still loves her
  • May never see children again
  • Thinks she will change
  • Not enough money
  • Has nowhere to go
  • Embarrassed he is being abused
  • Doesn’t want to take children away from her
  • She threatened to kill herself if he leaves 

How can men tell if they are being abused?

The Home Office (March 2013) defines domestic abuse as:

Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over, who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.  This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:

  • Psychological
  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Financial
  • Emotional

Mensadviceline.org.uk provides advice on how men might be feeling if they are experiencing domestic abuse:

“If you are forced to change the way you behave because you are frightened of your partner’s reaction, it is likely you are being abused.  If you feel afraid, walking on eggshells, intimidated by your partner, it is likely you are being abused.  If there is conflict in your relationship and your partner hurts you (physically, emotionally etc.) it is likely you are being abused.

Help for men experiencing domestic abuse in Leicester

The ADAM Project (Action against Domestic Abuse for Men) is one of the few locally based services dedicated to supporting male victims of domestic abuse, in the UK.

Set up by Women’s Aid Leicestershire to extend its services to support all victims of domestic abuse, including men who are straight, gay, bisexual or transgender, the ADAM Project provides free, confidential support to males aged 16 and over living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, who are experiencing or at risk of domestic abuse.

Legal advice about domestic abuse

Whether you are male or female, if you would like more information or advice about domestic abuse, contact our team of specialist family lawyers team based at each of our Leicester, Hinckley and Market Harborough offices, using the contact details below.