• Spencer Payne

Study Shows Society Doesn’t Recognise Male Domestic Abuse Victims

New research looking at homicides featuring male victims of domestic abuse has found that, although there were opportunities to help them, these were missed because of outdated stereotypes and gender bias.

Carried out by the University of Cumbria and psychology graduate Katie Hope, examined 22 domestic homicide reviews, which are carried out in the event of someone’s death when it appears to have resulted from neglect, abuse or domestic violence.

Half the reviews showed that support services lacked guidance to help identify and treat male victims, while police, services and friends and family dismissed the injuries of a considerable number of men.

In addition, it was found that there were repeated dismissals of female partners’ abusive acts by services, as well as a lack of professional curiosity - while some men found themselves suspected instead.

Dr Liz Bates from the University of Cumbria and a leading male domestic abuse researcher said: “The findings of this study reveal the number of missed opportunities to help these men and they faced a number of barriers to getting support. This is the first analysis of its kind, and it gives a strong indication of how we need to change our approach to working with male victims.”

If you feel as though you’re being controlled, scared, intimidated, threatened or unable to make your own decisions, you are being abused - and it’s important to remember that your relationship with your partner or family member doesn’t have to be physically violent for it to be abusive.

Reporting domestic abuse incidents to the police is essential and they will take your allegations seriously. If you need the help of a family law barrister, get in touch with Hill House Chambers today.

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