Men increasingly at risk of Domestic Violence, warns legal expert
Friday 10th May 2013
A growing number of men are suffering from domestic violence according to latest statistics from the National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV), and a legal expert believes cases are still on the rise.
Research from the NCDV reveals that every third victim of domestic violence is male, and that one in six men will experience it in their lifetime - equating to around four million men in the UK. It was also discovered that roughly the same percentage of men as women are victims of severe acts of domestic violence.
But a legal expert at Marsden Rawsthorn Solicitors, based in Preston and Chorley, is not surprised at the numbers, and has witnessed first-hand the full effect of domestic violence on men. Libby Daultrey, associate directorat Marsden Rawsthorn, said: "I have seen increasing numbers of cases where men are the victims of domestic violence, which may be linked to a corresponding increase in cases where female alcohol abuse is a key factor."
"It is not uncommon to hear of women suffering from domestic violence in the mainstream media, but male domestic violence is perhaps a more troubling area as men are less likely to seek help from the police, solicitors or health care professionals. I have even seen cases where men have suffered from prolonged physical abuse over a significant period of time without saying anything to family, friends or colleagues."
Libby believes that other contributing factors may exacerbate the abuse that victims experience. She added: "The present slow housing market has led to couples having to live together under the same roof until the house is sold, and this puts the domestic violence victim more at risk."
If you are suffering from domestic violence, whether you are a man or a woman, do not suffer in silence – please call the NCDV on 0844 8044 999 or text ‘NCDV’ to 60777.
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