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Typically, women are the ones being abused, while men are the abusers. The statistics show that an increasing number of men who face abuse from their intimate partners.


Did you know that:

  • 1 in 9 men experience abuse from an intimate partner 

  • 1 in 4 men have been physically abused by their partner 

  • 1 in 7 men have been severely physically abused by their partner  

  • As of 1998, 2.78 million men in the U.S. had been victims of attempted or completed rape. 

  • About 3% of American men—or 1 in 33—have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. 

  • 1 out of every 10 rape victims are male. 

Data from the National Crime Victimization Study between 2003 and 2012 show that men account for about 24 percent of domestic violence survivors. Domestic violence against men is real and takes just as many forms as domestic violence against women—physical, sexual, reproductive, financial, emotional and psychological. 


Men may decide not to report violence by an intimate partner to law enforcement for fear of being labeled the instigator or not believed. Men who are abused often feel they cannot seek help due to the stigma associated with being a male victim. Police often ignore men assaulted by their partners, see their attacker go free, and have far fewer refuges to flee to than women. 


According to Rainn statistics, outside of the correctional system, most rape victims are female. However, studies show that 21.4% of males in the US have been the victims of sexual violence and have experienced this outside of any prison facility. According to studies, an estimated total of 28% of male victims of sexual assault in the US will have experienced their first assault at 10 years of age or younger. 



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