The Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates 15% of domestic abuse victims in the United States are men.

This number includes victims of male partners and victims of female partners. Many men don’t report their experiences or seek assistance, which means that the number may be even higher.

Men who are abused by their partners are subjected to the same forms of abuse as female victims. However, gender differences can affect how the abuse is executed and experienced.

While female victims worry about whether they’ll be believed when they tell their stories, male victims face ridicule and having their masculinity questioned… especially if their batterer is a woman. Not only does this affect their self-esteem, it also results in male victims becoming more isolated from their support systems than their female counterparts.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that battered men are less likely to be concerned about their safety than women, even when they’re in danger and should be concerned. However, like women, men are much more likely to leave an abusive situation once they feel that their children are in danger.

As a means of control, women who abuse their male partners often report to the police that they are the ones being battered, which makes any calls to police or attempts to obtain an order of protection by male victims look like retaliatory actions. This makes it more difficult for male victims to get help or gain custody of their children.