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Male survivors of domestic abuse

Christopher Barber First published: Last updated:


Domestic abuse is a major health risk that affects women, men and children; many nurses will encounter and engage with those experiencing it.

This short article on male victims and survivors of domestic abuse is designed to sit alongside a similar article written by the current author on female victims and survivors of domestic abuse.

What is domestic abuse?

Discourses around domestic violence and abuse have generally been from the standpoint of the female as the victim and survivor, with the male often acting as the perpetrator (Women’s Aid, 2022a). However, men can also be domestic abuse victims and survivors. Rhetoric around domestic abuse and violence can be contentious, partly owing to the occupation of ‘gendered spaces’ within this and related issues (Khalida et al, 2013; Chelliah, 2017).

Domestic abuse has been defined by Women’s Aid (2022b) as:

Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical,

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