Services for Male Victims of Domestic Violence: A Fact Sheet.

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National Healthy Marriage Resource Center.
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Fact Sheet
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Healthy relationships are nonviolent and allow both men and women to express themselves without fear of being belittled, criticized or having their opinion diminished. The field of marriage education has looked to domestic violence experts to discern how to talk with couples about what is/is not healthy and what to watch for that could signal violence in a relationship. Marriage and relationship education (MRE) teaches skills to help change behavior and encourage mutual respect in a relationship. It is intended to address men and women equally. Little is publicly known about male victims of intimate partner violence, but researchers and providers are beginning to address this issue.

Services for domestic violence victims are a critical component of a community's response to violence and abuse in intimate relationships. The current array of community-based services grew from the efforts of grassroots advocates in the 1970s and 80s, who employed three primary strategies -- securing emergency shelter and support services for abuse victims and their children; enhancing protections and safety, often by improving laws and justice system responses to domestic violence; and changing community attitudes and responses. While the primary focus of these advocacy efforts has been to respond to the needs of women being abused by a partner (or ex-partner), male victims of abuse are beginning to make themselves known and search for services.

This Fact Sheet will explore what the data tells us about men's experience of domestic violence, identify the obstacles to both disclosing their abuse and seeking services, and highlight challenges facing domestic violence programs striving to continue improving responses to male victims within their current service delivery frameworks. A list of resources is also included. (Author abstract)

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