Domestic abuse is one of the biggest human rights violations that effects women and children all over the world. It has no regard for age, race or creed. It has reached such proportions that women seem to be more at risk in the home than on the streets.
But what of male victims?
The objective of this research project is to look at men in the role of victim of domestic abuse. Some organisations suggest that men are only victims when they are the aggressors. It has also been suggested that male victims are as abundant as female victims. In this research it was found that men are victims in many cases of domestic abuse. It was found also that they faced many obstacles when it came to reporting the abuse. From the stigma attached to the male as being the stronger dominant sex, to help lines that accuse men of being the perpetrator when they call for help.
A study of one mans experience at the hands of his abusive wife showed that the most prominent feature of under reporting is the fear many men have of ridicule and disbelief .
The research will show how emotional abuse is the most difficult. Taking the step toward therapy is not an easy one for men but research shows that talking and group therapy does have a positive effect on the male victims of domestic abuse.