Domestic violence/dating abuse is not only directed toward women. Many men are in abusive relationships and they may feel they have nowhere to turn. Men/teens can be abused by a partner? YES! What can a partner do to “abuse” a guy? Men/teens can be abused by a female or male partner physically, emotionally and sexually. Aren’t men always the abuser? NO!
According to 2013 US Department of Justice (DOJ) reports 15% of men were abused by a partner. Approximately 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States. In a 2012 survey, the DOJ National Crime Victimization Survey showed that of 40,000 households surveyed, 38% of rape and sexual violence incidents were against men.*
Male Abuse Awareness week, December 1-8 was founded by The P. Luna Foundation in 2008. Most men feel ashamed to admit that they are being abused by a partner; Help 4 Guys makes it their mission to encourage more men/teens/boys to seek help in dealing with their abusive situation. Please visit their website www.help4guys.org for information and resources specific to male abuse survivors.