#MenToo: Unravelling The Myths Around Domestic Abuse Towards Men

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Can you tell me a bit about yourself and the work you do regarding domestic abuse?

Would you agree that there are big misconceptions around the topic of domestic abuse against men?

What do you think the biggest misconceptions are?

Mazibuko was badly burnt with oil allegedly by the mother of his two children. Image: Mduduzi Ndzingi/Sowetan Live

In your opinion, how can ordinary members of the public begin to change the misconceptions around domestic abuse against men?

Can you share the most recent statistics regarding Domestic Abuse against men?

  • One in 6–7 men will be a victim of domestic abuse in their lifetime.
  • Between April 2015 to March 2020, on average, 12 men per year were killed by a partner of ex partner.
  • According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales in the 12 months to March 2018, 49% of men (compared to 19% of women) told no one that they were victims of domestic abuse.
  • An estimated 786,000 men experienced domestic abuse in 2020.
  • The NCDV have received an increase in referrals from male victims year on year from 2018 to 2021.

Does abuse against men differ significantly in its presentation compared to men against women?

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What are the most common types of abuse?

What resources are available for male victims?




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