Male domestic abuse

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Reproduced with kind permission from Reducing the Risk.

Men can be victims of abuse too, both in heterosexual and gay relationships.

You may feel there’s nowhere to turn or that no-one will take you seriously.

Perhaps you’re ashamed about what is happening or feel like you have done something to deserve it.

You may be worried that people will think you are less of a man for ‘allowing’ yourself to be abused.

What are my rights?
You have the same rights as an abused woman. The police will take you seriously and arrest your abuser if there is evidence of assault. He or she can be prosecuted. Other statutory services must also provide support regardless of gender.

Accepting that you are being abused is an important step. The next step is to break your silence and isolation by contacting an appropriate organisation or speaking to someone you trust.

Who can I talk to?
You are not alone. For support call the Men’s Advice Line on 0808 801 0327 or visit

You can also contact the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline on 0808 2000 247