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While it is a general perception the pain of domestic abuse is something endured only by women, domestic violence against men is more commonplace than is often realised.
Official statistics and surveys reveal what some would regard as a surprisingly high proportion of women inflict physical harm as well as emotional, psychological and coercive control over their male partner. The same is true in same-sex relationships.
Included in a 50-item collation of the latest available statistics compiled by ManKind Initiative, an organisation which supports male victims of domestic abuse, was its own freedom of information finding that a quarter (174,733) of those reporting domestic abuse to police forces in England and Wales in 2018 were men, up from 19.0% (73,000) in 2012. The massive jump in aggregate figures is partly explained by coercive control not being a crime in 2012.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse regardless of gender please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/domestic-abuse-how-to-get-help