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The male victims of domestic violence (UK)

Men experiencing domestic violence is rarely reported. But according to the government and various voluntary agencies there has been a dramatic increase in the number of calls received by men who claim to be suffering physical and mental abuse at home. Many men are too afraid to admit to being victims Last week, BBC News Online and BBC Radio Ulster broadcast moving and very dramatic stories of women who have suffered physical violence at the hands of men. But what about men who suffer at the hands of women? We received many messages from men asking us to look at this taboo subject. For the past week, I have been investigating this hidden issue, many of the men I spoke to about their experiences did so for the first time. Many men are too afraid and embarrassed to admit to being victims of domestic violence.

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Men railroaded by corrupt family violence research

For thirty years now, researchers have known that wives kick, punch, stab, or shoot their husbands about as often as husbands kick, punch, stab, or shoot their wives. But federal law ignores the facts and instead uses the power of the purse to get states to impose Kafkaesque policies that punish victimized men and reward violent women.

Back in 1975, the First National Family Violence Survey turned up results that surprised even the sociologists conducting the survey. Wives attack husbands about as often as husbands attack wives. And wives attack first about as often as husbands attack first, which is strong evidence that women’s assaults on men can’t be explained away simply as self-defense. But battered women’s advocates were intent on portraying domestic violence as something only men do and only women suffer from. So they’d conveniently leave out the part about women’s assaults on men whenever they cited the study’s results.

Susan R. Paisner is a criminologist and longtime advocate for abused women and men. She recalls being stunned by the hostile attitudes toward male victims that she encountered at one of the nation’s first conferences on domestic violence. She naively thought that “we were all there to do good -- for all who needed it.” Yet when she mentioned having read a brief newspaper article about male victims, many of the other women at the conference turned on her, saying, “This is OUR issue, OUR cause. If men are battered, then let other MEN do something for them.”

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