But even these statistics are somewhat in question.It’s incredibly difficult – even more so than with women – to get accurate statistics on how many men have been abused by their partners. It can be difficult for a man to find someone willing to believe that they’re a victim of abuse.Right off the bat: we’re going to be talking about abusive relationships.This is a subject that can be touchy for some people, so proceed with all caution.So with all that said: I write a lot about men behaving badly.In fact, I’m regularly accused – with some accuracy – of being much harder on men than I am on women.This is because, frankly, I want men to be , not something toxic that mistakes violence for power, anger for strength, sex for value.Sometimes that means talking about things men are doing wrong, so they can recognize it and do better.
In a lot of ways, men are frequently invisible victims of relationship abuse. The image of the angry housewife – usually fat and unattractive – waiting for at home for her milquetoast husband with curlers in her hair and a rolling pin, ready to dispense retributory violence for some slight, has been around for But despite the jokes and cartoons about “henpecked husbands”, more men than many would expect are trapped in abusive relationships.In fact, it can be difficult to get men to they’re in an abusive relationship in the first place. The prevailing image of “man as aggressor” or “men are stronger” leads to the common belief that he’s somehow “earned” his abuse by provoking his abuser.When we think of abusive relationships, we often default to the idea of a woman as the victim with a man as the perpetrator. It spans the gamut of ages and ethnicities, of sexual orientations and gender identities.So today I want to shed some light on the subject – as well as talk about how to recognize an abusive relationship and how to But male victims of domestic abuse and abusive relationships are more common than many people think.In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, up to 26% of homosexual men, 29% of straight men and 39% of bisexual men have reported being the victims of domestic violence.
Even more men – up to 48% – experienced psychological and emotional abuse at the hands of their partners.