In 2010, the CDC released a compilation of statistics for violence against men and women for the fifty states. The opening line of the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence survey states that on average, 24 people in the United States are victims of some sort of violence perpetrated by an intimate partner or an acquaintance every minute. Numbers can be deceptive, however. It is important to remember that these surveys can only be completed using reported cases. With the stigma against victims still alive and well, it’s unlikely that we will ever know exactly how prevalent acts of domestic violence are. The numbers that do exist should give you some idea.
Somehow, in light of the figures in the report I mentioned above, statistics regarding abuse against men by intimate partners are allowed to fall through the cracks. A few figures I pulled out from the report (current to 2010):
- 1 in 4 (28.5%) men in the U.S. have experienced some sort of physical violence in their lifetime
- Almost half (48.8%) of men in the U.S. have experienced emotional abuse
- 2.1% of men in the U.S. have experienced stalking by an intimate partner or acquaintance
- 1 in 21 men in the U.S. have been raped or experienced another form of sexual abuse
For the U.S. broken down by state, the top five states for male domestic violence victims, including physical violence, emotional violence, and stalking:
- California: 3,015,000 victims
- Texas: 2, 328,000 victims
- New York: 1,463,000 victims
- Florida: 1,437,00 victims
- Ohio: 1,048,000 victims
For the U.S. broken down by state, the top five states for male domestic violence victims, including physical violence, emotional violence, sexual violence, and stalking:
- California: 3,737,000 victims
- Texas: 3,104,000 victims
- New York: 2,423,000 victims
- Florida: 1,731,000 victims
- Georgia: 1,401,000 victims
How does your state rate in the lists? View the report and find out!
It should be apparent, then, to our legislators and law enforcement alike that something needs to be done about violence perpetrated against men by intimate partners. Precisely because so little help or compassion exists for male victims of domestic violence, there is little reason for men to come forward. We live in a society that would rather mock them instead of provide the same protection and assistance and support it gives to female victims. The statistics you can find are skewed because they are under-reported, so relying on them to place intimate partner violence against men in a list of priority is at the very least damaging. The figures most likely would run on par with that of women’s statistics, which are, ironically also under-reported, but not as severely as that of their male counterparts.
I have also begun to add videos of male survivors. They are included with the female survivor videos under the general page title Survivor Videos, as I feel it’s important for everyone to begin associating both men and women as potential victims of domestic violence instead of perpetuating the act of sweeping the men under the carpet.
Please note that there are several sub-divisions to the statistics detailed in this report. They include acts of varying types of violence (physical, sexual, and emotional) both by intimate partners AND general perpetrators. Be sure that you watch the wording when reading the statistics. Also violence is further broken down into more specific groups by type, severity, perpetrator relationship to the victim, and ethnicity.
The link to the report on the CDC website is below: