The term abuse refers not just to domestic violence but mental, physical, sexual, financial etc.
13.2% of men state they have been a victim of domestic abuse since they were 16 (27.1% women). For every three victims of domestic abuse, two will be female, one will be male.
One in four women and one in six men suffer from domestic abuse in their lifetime. 4% of men and 8.2% of women were estimated to have experienced domestic abuse in 2014/15,.
Male victims (29%) are over twice as likely than women (12%) to not tell anyone about the partner abuse they are suffering from.
Only 10% of male victims will tell the police (26% women), only 23% will tell a person in an official position (43% women) and only 11% (23% women) will tell a health professional.
The percentage of gay or bi-sexual men (6.2%) who suffered partner abuse in 2008/09 is nearly double the number for heterosexual men (3.3%). Lesbian women (12.4%) as a percentage also suffered far more partner abuse compared to heterosexual women (4.3%).
The NSPCC reported that 18% of boys and 25% of girls had been victims of physical violence at the hands of their girlfriend or boyfriend. 4% of boys had been victims of severe physical violence (11% of girls).
As you can see from the statistics domestic violence can happen to anyone – men, women, older, younger….
Domestic violence is a crime and unacceptable. An abused person is usually overwhelmed with fear and can often believe it is their fault. Through therapy, I will not judge, but listen and believe what you tell me, and focus on support, building your confidence, and help you to make your own decisions in your own time. Along with someone to listen to you, you will have the courage to do what you feel is right for you.