Male victims of domestic violence frequently avoid reporting their experiences because they fear false accusations, an academic has claimed.
Speaking at a recent series of public lectures called A Spoonful of Knowledge, Dr Jessica McCarrick discussed her research into the experiences of male victims.
Interviews with men who have subjected to violent behaviour by wives and girlfriends, she reported, reveal that many have been treated dismissively by the Police after reporting their experiences, or treated like the perpetrator after their partner made false accusations.
She described the topic as an “important and sensitive” one. She highlighted the “shame and emasculation” still widely associated with female-on-male violence.
Dr McCarrick explained:
“To find the courage to speak out, only to be accused of violence themselves, is incredibly disheartening and ultimately prevents countless men from reporting intimate partner violence. Promoting awareness of the plight of male survivors may encourage men to report abuse and feel assured that they will be taken seriously.”
Dr Jessica McCarrick is Senior Lecturer in Counselling Psychology at Teesside University in Middlesbrough.