Myth: Domestic violence does not happen to men.
Reality: Domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of gender or sexual orientation.
Myth: Men who experience abuse are weak or not ‘real’ men. A ‘real’ man should be stoical, self-sufficient and able to cope in all situations.
Reality: This myth equates being a male victim of domestic abuse with being less than a man, however, not striking back a woman who is assaulting you takes a good deal of restraint and fortitude
It takes strength to stay in a controlling unhappy relationship, for the sake of your children, or because you still love your partner and hope that they might change. It takes more strength to admit that you are in an abusive relationship, and that you might need help from someone else.
Myth: In a domestic abuse situation, the bigger, stronger person in the relationship is the abuser and the smaller, weaker person in the relationship is the victim.
Reality: This myth focuses only on the physical aspects of domestic violence. An abusive partner does not need to be bigger or stronger to use intimidation and threats, rip a phone off the wall to prevent their victim from calling for help or to use a weapon against their victim.
Myth: The law only protects women who experience domestic violence but does nothing to help men.
Reality: Men and women have the same rights to protection from domestic violence.