Since stereotypes often makes one picture a victim as someone who is weak and powerless, most men are brought up to never perceive themselves as victims. Men are not generally educated that they can also be the victims of domestic violence.
Males are often taught that they are to be tough, masculine and strong. This toughness, could account for why some battered men do not report the abuses against them.
A study conducted by the United States Department of Justice showed that 39 percent of domestic assault victims were men who were being abused by their female partners.
While it is thought that female victims of domestic violence may suffer more serious physical injuries, battered men were more likely to be the victims of less violent forms of abuse. Studies have shown that battered men are assaulted by their abusive partner at much the same rate as battered women. Nearly 40-50 percent of men will be a victim of domestic violence at some point in their lives, which is comparative to the numbers for battered women.
It is difficult for some people to understand that men can be battered by their female spouses. Many people choose to believe that men are only hit or punched by their female partners as a means of self defense. The numerous studies and reports on battered men have surprised many individuals, groups and organizations. As education becomes available and society begins to embrace battered men, it is likely that more men will come forward to tell of their abuse.
There are various reasons why a man may not come forward to report the domestic violence which is being inflicted upon him. Researchers believe that many battered men may not tell of their partner’s abuse as a way of protecting their partner. Other men may choose to stay and keep silent as a means of protecting the children in the home. Many men feel that if they leave their abusive partner, their children would then become the target of the wife’s abuse.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, help is available. You can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE. They will direct you to places in your area where you can seek help.
Domestic Abuse Support Groups