2 in 5 domestic violence victims are male

Campaign group Parity have carried out analysis of statistics on domestic violence that has revealed that more than 40% of victims are male; significantly different than the general perception of domestic violence as a female victim/male perpetrator problem.

The research also found that men are often ignored by police and media when they report assaults by their wives or girlfriends, and that they have much fewer support options such as refuges; there are 7,500 refuge places for women in England and Wales and only 60 for men. Parity suggests that the number of male victims is almost certainly much higher as men are much more reluctant than women to report that they have been abused as it may seem 'unmanly' or 'weak'.

The Home Office 2008-09 statistics show that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men had suffered from domestic abuse since the age of 16.

If you are or have been the victim of domestic abuse and require legal assistance you can contact Family law specialists at Wilson Nesbitt solicitors by emailing family@wilson-nesbitt.com or by calling 0800 840 9292. You may also wish to visit the domestic violence section of the Wilson Nesbitt website for more information by clicking here .

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