Can men be victims of domestic violence?

Yes, men can be victims of domestic violence. It’s estimated that 1 in 4 men have suffered physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner. Unfortunately, men are often reluctant to report domestic violence due to the social stigma and the fear of not being believed.

If you are a man who is being abused, it’s important to know that help is available. Our Raleigh domestic violence attorneys have helped men get the protection they needed to move out of dangerous relationships.

In addition to physical violence, men in abusive relationships often suffer from emotional abuse. Emotional abuse is still abuse, and you have rights under North Carolina domestic violence laws to be free of abuse including intimidation and threats of violence.

Some of the most common types of emotional abuse that men suffer:

  • Verbal abuse in private, or humiliation and belittling in front of friends and family.
  • Extreme jealousy and accusations of the victim being unfaithful.
  • Attempting to control the victim in various ways, such as hiding car keys, taking away medications, and controlling the victim’s spending.
  • Threatening to make false allegations or threatening to take away the victim’s children if the abuse is reported.