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Battered Men in Washington

Domestic Violence Against Men

25,473 Washington Men a Year
According to National Violence Against Women Survey Estimates

 

Every year, 1,510,455 women and 834,732 men are victims of physical violence by an intimate. This is according to a Nov. 1998 Department of Justice report on the National Violence Against Women Survey. What does that mean? Every 37.8 seconds, somewhere in America a man is battered. Every 20.9 seconds, somewhere in America a woman is battered. Every 20.6 minutes another man in Washington is battered.

In Washington, that's 42,824 women and 25,473 men. That includes 2,754 men on whom a knife was used, 5,508 men threatened with a knife and 11,016 men hit with an object.

There may be a trend toward less violence against women, more violence against men, or both. While 76.5% of the people reporting physical violence by an intimate in their lifetime were women, only 62.5% of the people reporting physical violence by an intimate in the last year were women, and 37.5% were men.

The data show that men are more likely to have a knife used on them or to be threatened with a knife, hit with an object, kicked, bitten or have something thrown at them. Women are more likely to beaten up, threatened with a gun, choked, victims of drowning attempts, have their hair pulled or be pushed, grabbed or shoved.

     

  In Previous 12 Months
  Percentage Number in US Number in WA
Type of Violence Women Men Women Men Women Men
Rape 0.2% 0.0% 201,394 - 5,710 -
Physical Assault 1.3% 0.9% 1,309,061 834,732 37,114 25,473
Rape and/or Physical Assault 1.5% 0.9% 1,510,455 834,732 42,824 25,473
      62.5% 37.5%    

What does that mean? 834,732 men battered a year means every 37.9 seconds, another man is battered. Every 20.9 seconds, another woman is battered. Every 20.6 minutes another man in Washington is battered.

Type of Assault Women Men Women Men   Men
Total 22.1 7.4 100% 100%   25,473
Threw something 8.1 4.4 36.7% 59.5%   15,146
Pushed, grabbed, shoved 18.1 5.4 81.9% 73.0%   18,589
Pulled hair 9.1 2.3 41.2% 31.1%   7,917
Slapped, hit 16 5.5 72.4% 74.3%   18,933
Kicked, bit 5.5 2.6 24.9% 35.1%   8,950
Choked, tried to drown 6.1 0.5 27.6% 6.8%   1,721
Hit with object 5 3.2 22.6% 43.2%   11,016
Beat up 8.5 0.6 38.5% 8.1%   2,065
Threatened with gun 3.5 0.4 15.8% 5.4%   1,377
Threatened with knife 2.8 1.6 12.7% 21.6%   5,508
Used gun 0.7 0.1 3.2% 1.4%   344
Used knife 0.9 0.8 4.1% 10.8%   2,754

Source: National Institute of Justice, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women: Findings From the National Violence Against Women Survey Exhibits 7,8, p. 7
(Tjaden, P. G., & Thoennes, N. )U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice & Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Research in Brief series, November, 1998. NCJ 172837

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    ask for NCJ 172837

Washington Population Data: OFM 1998 projections, statewide, men and women over 18. 2,073,807 women, and 2,007651 men. As did the NVAW survey team, we multiplied percentages by population numbers to estimate numbers for Washington.

     

Other Resources

Domestic Violence in Washington: 25,473 Men a Year
According to a Nov. 1998 Department of Justice report on the National Violence Against Women Survey, 1,510,455 women and 834,732 men are victims of physical violence by an intimate. In Washington, that's 42,824 women and 25,473 men. That includes 2,754 on whom a knife was used, 5,508 threatened with a knife and 11,016 hit with an object. Here are the data.

Help for Battered Men Practical suggestions, Hotline numbers, on-line resources. Print it out and hand it to a man you think may be battered--your caring opens him up to talking about it.

Men's Stories Here are some personal stories by battered men, and links to sites with more of them. The more we talk about it, the more we tell our stories, the more we increase public awareness that men are battered and encourage battered men to get the help they need. Send us your story, so we can post it here (anonymously, of course, unless you tell us differently.)

What's Wrong with the Duluth Model? The "Duluth Model" is the approach most widely used for perpetrator treatment--but it gender polarizes the "people problem" of domestic violence.. What's wrong with the Duluth Model? It blames and shames men. It's based on ideology, not science. It ignores drinking, drugs and pathology. Only one cause, only one solution. There's no real evidence it works. It ignores domestic violence by women. Women who need help can't get it. It's taught by wounded healers.

Latest Research Findings National Violence Against Women survey shows 37.5% of victims each year are men. Men are at real risk of serious physical injury. Murray A. Straus looks at controversies in DV research. Martin Fiebert examines reasons women give for assaulting men. JAMA emergency room study shows equal number of men, woman victims.

 
     


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