The Global Campaign for Men and Boys

Challenge 6: How will you reduce violence involving men and boys?

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In recent decades there has been a growing focus on tackling violence against women and girls, but no such focus on helping men and boys.

And yet globally, men and boys are four times more likely to die a violent death than women and girls. It seems we are collectively more tolerant of all types of violence, abuse and harm when the person suffering is a man or a boy.

As a result male victims are less likely to access help and support, particularly when the perpetrator is female. If we can learn how to treat all violence victims equally, it will make a safer society for everyone.

At present, more than half a million men and boys worldwide die violent deaths every year.

Every minute of every hour of every day, a man somewhere in the world dies a violent death. Men and boys account for more than 80% of all victims of violent death, making us four times more likely than women and girls to be killed violently.

Men and boys are more likely to be killed by an enemy in times of war and more likely to be murdered by family, friends and strangers in peacetime.

The fact that we are collectively more tolerant of violence against men and boys than women and girls is demonstrated by the number of men killed each year in the UK.

Men and boys are more that twice a likely to be murdered with seven out of 10 murder victims being male. In 2008/9 for example:

  • There were 651 homicides
  • 71% of the victims were male
  • Men were 7 times more likely than women to be killed by a stranger
  • Men were 60% more likely to be killed by someone they knew like a partner, family member, friend or acquaintance

Men and boys are at greater risk of being attacked, being the main victims of both male violence and female violence, with an estimated 150 acts of wounding, assault and robbery being committed against men every hour of every day in England and Wales.

Research spanning over 40 years has consistently found that women are just as likely to perpetrate domestic violence as men. The key difference is that women are more likely to be injured or killed.

Yet men still represent a substantial proportion of victims who are assaulted (50%), injured (30%) or killed (25%) during an assault by an intimate partner.

Male victims of domestic violence are less likely to get the help and support they need. Men are twice as likely to tell no-one about the violence and are far less likely to see their abusive partner brought to justice.

Rape and sexual abuse is mostly thought to be a crime that men commit against women and girls. Yet official statistics show that around 1 in 6 men and boys will experience some form of sexual abuse in their lifetime.

Most work to prevent violence focuses on male perpetrators, as a result women who commit violence are less likely to be held to account.

Female perpetrators of violence and abuse are more likely to attack men and boys (than women and girls) in general and less likely to be prosecuted.

Nearly half of boys (46%) who report being sexually abused by a parent to Childline, for example, are abused by their mothers, but fewer than 5% of people on the sex offenders register are women.

One report found that a staggering 86% of people sexually abused by women were not believed the first time they told someone about the abuse

As with domestic violence, male victims of sexual abuse find it much harder to come forward and get help with female rape victims nearly twice as likely to report the crime than male rape victims.

We invite all political parties to consider what action they will commit to taking to reduce all types of violence involving men and boys.


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