Male victims of domestic abuse

There is still a myth that domestic abuse doesn't happen to men. It does! It can happen to anyone.


There are myths about men who suffer domestic abuse, with some people thinking that it doesn't happen to men, men who are victims are not 'real men' and that the law only protects women.  These myths are of course completely untrue, but it is possibly why male domestic abuse victims do not report the abuse.

  • Of those that suffered from partner abuse 29% men and 23% of women suffered a physical injury, a higher proportion of men suffering severe bruising or bleeding (6%) and internal injuries or broken bones/teeth (2%) than women (4% and 1% respectively). 30% of men who suffer partner abuse have emotional and mental problems (47% women). Only 27% of men sought medical advice (73% of women)
  • In terms of mental and psychological effects felt as a result of the partner abuse experienced in 17/18, 41.2% of men suffered from mental or emotional problems (55.8% women). 11% of male victims (7.2%) had tried to take their own lives.
  • Nearly half of male victims fail to tell anyone they are a victim of domestic (only 51% tell anyone). They are nearly three times less likely to tell anyone than a female victim (49% as opposed to 19%). This has worsened since 2015/16 where the figures were 61% for men (88% women).

(ManKind 2019)

In Doncaster all domestic abuse services are available to ALL victims.

Doncaster domestic abuse hub

The Doncaster domestic abuse hub is here for ALL victims and survivors of domestic abuse and there are male and female support workers.

Tel: 01302 737080

You can phone or complete a self referral form to access support


We will aim to respond as soon as possible and usually within 2 working days. A member of the team will call you back. Please remember to leave a safe telephone number and a safe time to call.

This service is open Monday - Friday  9am - 4.30pm (excluding bank holidays).  During these hours this is a busy service so please keep trying or leave a message.



You can also access support from national specialist organisations:

Respect Men's Advice Line

Freephone:0808 8010327

Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men | Men's Advice Line UK (


Have your say

Your experiences of domestic abuse can help us to improve our services, publicity and training.  We want to know how you escaped the abuse, which agencies helped you and which agencies could have done more.  We want to know about the impact the abuse had on you and your children and how you think we can help other victims and survivors. We want to know if you experienced any discrimination as a male victim or any barriers to accessing support.

Were you believed and support offered?


Support for women - Doncaster Council

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Last updated: 31 January 2022 09:22:58