Stats about male victims in the US

Here are a few statistics about male victims in the United States from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:

  • 1 in 4 men have been physically abused (slapped, pushed, shoved) by an intimate partner (IP).
  • 1 in 7 men have been severely physically abused (hit with a fist or hard object, kicked, slammed against something, choked, burned, etc.) by an IP.
  • Nearly 1 in 10 men in the U.S. has experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an IP and reported at least one measured impact* as a result
  • 1 in 18 men are severely injured by IPs in their lifetimes.
  • 13.4% of male high school students report being physically or sexually abused by a dating partner.
  • 48.8% of men have experienced at least one psychologically aggressive behavior (being stalked or tracked, insulted or humiliated, or threatened by partner’s actions) by an IP.
  • 4 in 10 men have experienced at least one form of coercive control** by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
  • Approximately 1 in 71 men in the U.S. reported being raped in his lifetime, which translates to almost 1.6 million men in the United States.
  • 1 out of every 19 U.S. men have been stalked to the extent that they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.
  • Among male stalking victims, almost half (44.3%) reported being stalked by only male perpetrators while a similar proportion (46.7%) reported being stalked by only female perpetrators. About 1 in 18 male stalking victims (5.5%) reported having been stalked by both male and female perpetrators in their life.
  • 1 in 20 (5%) of male murder victims are killed by IPs.
  • The percentage of males killed by an IP fell from 10.4% in 1980 to 4.9% in 2008, a 53% drop.See the full fact sheet on Male Victims of Intimate Partner Violence (2015)

*Measured impacts include (but are not limited to): injury, concern for safety, PTSD symptoms, contacting a crisis hotline, need for healthcare, need for housing services, need for legal services, absence from work or school.

**Forms of coercive control include (but are not limited to): isolation from friends and family, manipulation, blackmail, deprivation of liberty, threats, economic control and exploitation

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