Domestic abuse and violence is not limited to women alone. Often unreported, abuse toward men is a significant problem.

Emergency Help

Men who are victims of domestic abuse can call the same domestic violence hotlines as female victims:

New York City Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-621-HOPE (4673)

National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

With the exception of a few shelters that are congregate living settings, all domestic violence shelters in New York City are able to accommodate male victims.

Information and Support

Non-residential services such as counseling, support groups, legal assistance, advocacy and other services are also available for men.

Gay and Transgender men can access a full range of domestic violence services by calling the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project Hotline at (212) 714-1141.

Straight men can obtain domestic violence services at most non-residential domestic violence programs in New York City. At some of these programs they may be welcome to join existing support groups. Because there are so few straight men coming forward for services, there are no programs operating support groups specifically for straight men.  Some men find women’s support groups helpful since their issues are the same, while others feel uncomfortable.

A good resource for people who want to learn more about male victims of domestic abuse is Philip W. Cook’s book Abused Men: The Hidden Side of Domestic Violence.