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Like female survivors, they find it hard to identify coercion and control as abuse, and to disclose to healthcare professionals that the person who is supposed to love and protect them is harming them.
Although they want the abuse to stop and to protect their children from the impact of abuse, they might not necessarily want to end the relationship.
Although the amount, severity and impact of domestic violence and abuse experienced by women is much higher than that experienced by men, men can also suffer significantly as a result of abuse from a partner, ex-partner or an adult family member.
An earlier study of 1,368 male patients in GP clinic waiting rooms in the UK found that more than one in four had experienced abusive behaviour from a partner or ex-partner.
Others lacked the confidence to seek help as a result of the abuse.
The study also found that men were often not aware of specialist support services or felt they were not appropriate for male survivors of abuse.
Also, health professionals need specialised training to address the specific needs of men and to foster greater levels of trust.
The main reason men don’t seek help is a fear of not being believed, embarrassment at talking about the abuse, and the feeling of being “less of a man”.
Men also worried about the welfare of their partner, damaging their relationship or losing contact with their children if they opened up to someone outside their personal network of family and friends.
More than 830,000 men fall victim to domestic violence every year, which means every 37.8 seconds, somewhere in America a man is battered, according to the National Violence Against Women Survey.
While more than 1.5 million women are also victims, everyone -- no matter their sex --deserves help.