Embarrassment barrier for abused men

first_imgStuff.co.nz 9 July 2013Men are suffering from domestic abuse, but embarrassment will usually stop them coming forward until it is extreme, police say. Men often wait until knives are pulled before seeking help, Detective Sergeant Alan McGlade from the Hamilton police Family Safety Team said. Most reports of abuse against males were either of psychological or extreme physical violence, such as stabbings. “If I think about women abusing men, some of the violence is quite serious,” McGlade said. “The men think, ‘oh, she gives me a slap, I’m not going to tell anyone, but she stabs me, well…’”A  30-year-long study beginning in 1977 by Professor David Fergusson,  which sampled 1000 people in Christchurch, found levels of victimisation  and perpetration of abuse were similar for both men and women.  Victimisation  rates were slightly higher for men surveyed, with 6.7 per cent of men  and 5.5 per cent of women admitting to minor violence against their  partner, and 2.8 per cent of men and 3.2 per cent of women admitting  more serious violence. Psychologists say abuse against men  exists, emotionally and physically, but is under-reported as men are  usually too embarrassed to say anything. This can have severe outcomes.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/8897510/Embarrassment-barrier-for-abused-menlast_img

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