ManKind published figures on numbers of male victims going to the police

Following FOI requests from Ian McNicholl, domestic abuse survivor and hon.patron, the charity has published the latest information it has on the numbers of men reporting to police forces across the UK. The period is 2012, 2013 and the first six months of 2014.

Please feel free to use

FOI (01 Jan 2012 to 30 June 2014)A3 (pdf)

FOI (01 Jan 2012 to 30 June 2014) (Excel)

Overall, it shows that in this two and a half year period – 948,528 people reported to the police that they were a victim of domestic abuse – of which 197,574 (20.6%) were men and 753,954 (79.40%) were women.



  1. I think reports like this should explain that men appear in lower numbers not as an indication of less likely victimization but as an indication that men are less likely to report to the police (they won’t even tell their best friend, let alone the police). There are many reasons for this. Another bias in police statistics is that once a crime is reported one has to make a choice on which category they think it fits. If one has a strong belief (which is the case in our society) that men are likely abusers and women likely victims, a report by a woman is likely to go under DV while a report by a man is mostly ridiculed, dismissed or placed in a different category that might comply with the gender stereotype. It’s extremely important that people reading the report understand these issues.

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