Violence Against Men is something that is never spoken about in the media. In the eyes of many, women can only be domestic violence victims. What if we told you that it is a stigma?
A long-standing stereotype regarding male domestic violence is that men are always violent. That’s one of the main reasons it is never discussed in the media. According to MensLine, a charity focused on men’s domestic violence, abusive partners will use a series of excuses to get away with their abuse.
Violence Against Men Negative Stigmas
MensLine also speaks about what is called “The Man Box,” which explains the negative stigmas that are linked to men. The domestic violence statistics of men. The Conversation reports that half a million men (6.1%) older than 15 will have been exposed to physical or sexual abuse at some point by a partner. They also say there is no data in Australia on the perpetration of domestic and sexual violence.
The report also claims that in nearly all the people in Australia who have experienced violence, the perpetrators have been male, with 95% being male victims and 94% female. It also says that men commit murder more than women, with the number being a staggering 87% of male murderers, with 75% of women being murdered by current or former male partners.
Male Domestic Violence Victims Need Protection Too
Many victims suffer in silence as they believe the police will not do anything to protect them. With male domestic violence, many don’t go to the police when they’re being abused. They fear they won’t be taken seriously. Devastated Brisbane mother Miranda Blyth posted to change.org that her son, Daniel Harrison, had been killed during an “argument” with his female partner in July 2022.
According to Miranda, in her Men’s Rights post, she got a call from the police who told her that Daniel was dead and that there was an argument; he committed suicide, end of the story. However, she knew that there was a lot more to it. He was murdered and did NOT commit suicide. Even his friends and the rest of his family knew he didn’t kill himself.
Miranda also says domestic violence can affect everyone, regardless of age, gender or background. She is fighting to get her son’s case reopened so it can be reexamined.
The Daniel Harrison case was not even covered in the November 2022 Queensland government report on Domestic Violence, though it did reference the Hannah Clarke and Tara Brown cases.
Violence Against Men Needs To Be Talked About
Cases like Daniel’s make it clear that something has to change and that the stereotype of “men can’t be domestic violence victims” is becoming harder to hide. Women can be just as violent, manipulative and controlling as men can, if not more so.
There are some incredible men out there who don’t have violent bones in their bodies, and yet, the more macho men out there see them as weak because they’re not what a stereotypical male should be. Perpetrators may use this against their victims, and that’s what we should be talking about more. We know the warning signs for women who are abused. Why can’t the media talk about the same signs in men?