Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 173–178 | Cite as

Male Victims of Domestic Violence

  • Babette C. Drijber
  • Udo J. L. Reijnders
  • Manon Ceelen


Most studies regarding DV focused mainly on female victims. To gain more insight into the problems male victims encounter, this study investigated the characteristics of this group in the Netherlands. Adult male victims of DV filled out an online questionnaire regarding the characteristics of the abuse (N = 372). When men are victims of DV, they are physically as well as psychologically abused with the female (ex)-partners often being their perpetrator. The most important reason for men not to report the abuse is the belief the police would not take any action. Our findings suggest society should be aware that men are also victims of DV and feel the need to talk about it and desire support.


DV Male victims Intimate partner violence Abused men 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Babette C. Drijber
    • 1
  • Udo J. L. Reijnders
    • 1
  • Manon Ceelen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Forensic MedicineMunicipal Public Health ServiceAmsterdamthe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Epidemiology, Documentation and Health PromotionMunicipal Public Health ServiceAmsterdamthe Netherlands

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