• Adult Children Exposed to Domestic Violence
  • Runaway & Homeless Youth Toolkit
  • Prevent Intimate Partner Violence
  • Violence Against Women Resource Library
  • Domestic Violence and Housing Technical Assistance Consortium
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Project
  • National Resource Center on Domestic Violence


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An Online Resource Library on Gender-Based Violence.

Background: Men’s Experiences of Victimization

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.

Characteristics & Prevalence

“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.