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Male Domestic Abuse Victims – Unhelpful Attitudes and Beliefs

  • The gender stereotype of men being strong, domineering and macho makes it difficult for some people to believe men can be victims
  • If they acknowledge they are a victim, they are weak and not ‘real’ men
  • “He just needs to stand up for himself”
  • “He can’t be physically hurt by a woman”
  • If a man is hit by a woman it is not as serious as when a woman is hit by a man – it is often portrayed as funny or that he did something to deserve it
  • In same sex relationships they are just having a fight