According to an article published by the Family Violence Prevention Fund, a survey by Group Health Cooperative has found that almost three in ten men are victims of intimate partner violence at some point in their adult lives. These men have more health problems, both physical and psychological, than those who have not experienced this type of violence. The article defines intimate partner violence as "actual or threatened physical, psychological and sexual violence used by an intimate partner to cause harm or trauma."
A survey that studied women during the same time period found a much higher occurence of IPV, with 44 percent of women having experienced violence by an intimate partner in their lives.
Dr. Robert J. Reid of the University of Washington in Seattle, an author of the study on male victims of IPV, told Reuters Health, “We want to get the message out to men who do experience domestic violence that they are not alone and there are resources available to them. We still need a lot of attention on violence against women, against children, and against men, and we’re interested in stopping violence in all its forms.”
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Compiled from: "Male Victims of Domestic Violence," Family Violence Prevention Fund, 26 June 2008.