This section features reports, papers and fact sheets discussing the experiences of male-identified survivors of domestic and sexual violence. To effectively serve male-identified survivors, it is essential to consider socio-cultural dynamics at play and create out of the box responses that enhance and do not compromise the agency's current advocacy efforts.
“Many male survivors report that just being identified as a male survivor is dangerous as it can be used to intimate they are a risk to their own or other children (vampire myth). I’ve had a survivor report that the first response of his friend’s spouse to his disclosure was to ask if their children were safe.” − Key Informant, Expert Advisor
“There are many effects of the abuse that are particular to males. Men are not supposed to be victims. Society tells us: men don’t get depressed, men don’t seek help, men don’t need therapy…” − Male Survivor
According the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS), 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men report being victims of contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner with a negative impact such as injury, fear, concern for safety, needing services.