One in 10 men has experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner.In 2013, 13% of documented contacts to the Hotline identified themselves as male victims.60)) If one adds in rape (606,000 victims) the total is 5,427,000 women-but there is an issue of double-counting of an incident as both rape and intimate partner physical violence.2 Of the lifetime rape victims, 82.8% were also victims of physical violence.Young boys are taught not to express their emotions, to “suck it up” and “be a man.” Tony Porter calls this the “man box” in his well-known TED talk.This can be extremely detrimental to boys as they age, especially if they find themselves in an abusive relationship.For that reason, it is important to speak up and seek help and support. National Family Violence Legislative Resource Center: When we ignore male victims of domestic abuse, we also ignore their children, who continue to be damaged by witnessing the violence regardless of how severe it is.
Even when domestic violence against men turns fatal, as it did with celebrity Phil Hartman, the news coverage usually departs from focusing on domestic violence and centers on mental illness.
This causes most of the funding for research on domestic violence and support of victims to get overwhelmingly funneled toward programs that focus on women.
Violence against men in a domestic setting is America's hidden crime.
This shift incites public sympathy for the perpetrator, in this case Hartman's wife.
Most information on the physical abuse of men is anecdotal because funding for studying the problem is scarce.