Domestic Violence: Gender Natured, Not Gender SpecificPublished: Oct. 13, 2021
Research shows that men are more likely than women to be arrested for domestic violence, and they’re also likely to be treated more harshly by the criminal justice system. Research also suggests that when men are the victims of domestic violence, they rarely report it. There are a variety of reasons for this:
- Men have been socialized to suppress their pain and fear.
- Men assume no one will take their allegation seriously.
- Men aren’t aware that there’s support available for them.
It’s important to note that domestic violence can happen to anyone. In fact, one in three women and one in four men have been the victims of physical domestic violence. And while physical abuse is usually a component of domestic violence, there are many different ways someone may try to obtain power and control over a spouse or partner.
Types of Domestic Violence
Physical abuse may include:
- Denial of physical needs (food, water and sleep)
- Forcible physical restraint (being held down or locked in a room)
- Hitting, punching, slapping and/or kicking
- Stabbing and/or shooting
Psychological abuse may include:
- Constant blaming, accusing and name-calling
- Repeated insults and criticism
- Public humiliation
- Threats of harm (against the victim, the victim’s children or the victim’s pets)
Economic abuse may include:
- Placing unfair limits on money and/or credit cards
- Using the victim’s checkbook or ATM card without their knowledge
- Preventing the victim from going to work or causing the victim to lose a job
- Forcing the victim to sign financial documents
- Demanding a lease, mortgage or assets be in the abuser’s name
Sexual abuse may include:
- Forcing unwanted sexual experiences
- Forcing sex with others
- Making false accusations of infidelity
- Engaging in affairs and then boasting about it to the victim
- Placing conditions on sexual contact or withholding sex altogether
Support for Survivors
Methodist Hospital and Methodist Women’s Hospital have a team of specially trained nurses who care for all victims of domestic violence. They provide a medical-forensic exam to evaluate and document injuries. They also provide community resources as well as follow-up medical recommendations.
If you’re concerned about a loved one’s safety, reach out to them! Simply being a steadfast friend is key to a survivor’s healing process.
- Learn more about Methodist’s sexual assault and domestic violence services.
- Read more about Methodist’s SANE/SART survivor program.
- Learn more about PTSD in sexual assault survivors.
- Learn more about the cycle of domestic violence and why leaving an abusive relationship can be hard.
- Learn more about teen dating violence and how you can prevent it.