Study: Men suffer from domestic violence as much as women

Men suffer from domestic violence as much as women, study after study shows, time and again, throughout the world.

Prague Daily Monitor

Týden: Men suffer from domestic violence as much as women

By ČTK / Published 15 January 2008

Prague, Jan 14 (ČTK) – The term of domestic violence does not necessarily have to invoke the picture of a battered woman since the number of maltreated men is almost equal, and every third Czech man has experienced some kind of domestic violence, the latest issue of the weekly Tyden writes.

While dozens of studies focusing on male victims of domestic violence have been made abroad, only one survey on this subject has been conducted in the Czech Republic, without the media even noticing it, Tyden writes.

The survey made by a team of lecturers and students from the South Bohemian University, published in the book “Domestic Violence Committed on Men and Seniors” in 2006, reveals that “every tenth Czech man experiences in his partnership something that goes beyond a common argument and that is close to violence, either physical or psychological,” Tyden writes.

Women’s weapons are sophisticated. They, for instance, cut their partners from their friends, ridicule them or use “food terror,” Tyden writes.

At last one third of Czech men has experienced at least three types of attacks defined as domestic violence in the suvey, a part of which was an anonymous poll.

The poll sets 11 degrees of “terror” women apply to men, ranging from arguments, verbal aggression, insults and threats, through physical violence such as slaps or destroying things to sexual pressure and continuous showing contempt and disregard for the partner.

Four percent of the polled men admitted they were victims of physical attacks by their partners.

Sociologist Jiri Burianek, co-author of the survey and head of the sociology studies at Prague’s Charles University Faculty of Arts, said the results of the Czech survey of this kind are not very surprising.

“It is in fact what I expected. The surveys conducted abroad showing that both genders have more or less equal experience with domestic violence have been warning us for a long time already,” the weekly quotes Burianek as saying.

He says men are often more vulnerable than women since there is actually nobody to help them, while women have dozens of non-profit organisations to protect them.

“Men have nobody to turn to. In addition, they are usually more embarrassed to reveal their story to somebody,” Burianek says….(Full Story)


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