Both women and men may experience violence and abuse by intimate partners or former partners. Men are a visible, although small, proportion of adult victims of intimate partner violence. What are effective and appropriate ways to respond to male victims? In this XY collection, we have gathered resources and guides on this area. Unfortunately, much of the public commentary on male victims of domestic violence is driven by anti-feminist political agendas rather than by a genuine concern with male victims' needs. Here, we have tried to make available materials which are well informed and evidence-based. Additions, and corrections, are most welcome.
Please see below for the full text of these items, in PDF.
- NRCDV. (2017). Serving Male-Identified Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence. National Resource Center on Domestic Violence.
- Respect UK. (2019). Respect Toolkit for Work with Male Victims of Domestic Abuse. (In 7 parts, in PDF below)
- Respect. (2014). Respect briefing on working with male victims of domestic violence. London: London Violence Against Women and Girls Consortium.
- Respect UK. (2020). The Respect Male Victims’ Standard.
- Russell, Wynne Russell, Alastair Hilton, and Michael Peel. (2010). Care and Support of Male Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence: Background Paper.
- Cheung, M., Leung, P., & Tsui, V. (2009). Asian male domestic violence victims: Services exclusive for men. Journal of Family Violence, 24(7), 447-462.
There are debates over gender and domestic violence. For XY materials on this, see e.g.:
- A collection of key academic articles on domestic violence and gender, documenting that the claim of gender symmetry in domestic violence is not supported by the evidence;
- A detailed discussion of gender contrasts in women’s and men’s experiences of domestic violence victimisation and perpetration (Seminar, Flood, 2012);
- A short Australian piece debunking claims of gender symmetry (Flood, 2006).