Ireland does not have official statistics on male domestic violence

Apparently Ireland does not track the number of domestic violence complaints made by men. According to a recent article:

THE GOVERNMENT HAS been criticised after it has emerged that official statistics for the rate of domestic violence against men are not available.

This follows a parliamentary question asked by Sinn Féin spokesperson for finance Pearse Doherty.

After requesting the statistics for incidents of domestic violence against men reported to the gardaí last year, the Deputy was informed by the Central Statistic Office that such data was not available.

Speaking about the response he received, he said, “Given the increased awareness of the problem of domestic violence which we’ve seen in recent years, I decided to raise the issue of domestic violence and abuse perpetrated against male victims as I felt that the issue needed to be highlighted.”

He went on to state:

This appalling absence of updated information on domestic violence crime rates is inexplicable and only further highlights the stigma which male victims of domestic violence and abuse experience.

It is curious how this could happen. One would assume that men are less likely to report abuse and therefore expect to see low numbers. However, that does not explain how there are no numbers available. The only way that seems possible is if no one bothered to collect data from police departments or never bothered to collate the information.

It makes no sense given that there is a need and desire for services in Ireland for male victims. This speaks to the attitudes male victims and their advocates must face. No one wants to talk about this issue. Now even something as simple as tracking police reports now presents a problem.

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7 thoughts on “Ireland does not have official statistics on male domestic violence

  1. Pingback: Ireland does not have official statistics on male victims of domestic violence | Justice for Men & Boys

  2. The Police Service of Northern Ireland began keeping records in 2004/5. The has been a 40% increase in reports between 2005 and 2013 when 2,525 men came forward to the police. In one year alone (2011/12) there was a 40% Increase from 1,833 to 2,266. These are only the figures reported to the police and it is without a doubt very underreported. It is inconceivable that the problem of male victims of domestic abuse ceases to exist at the border. I also believe the 40% rise in such a short time represents a change in the quantity of men willing to come forward and not a change in the level of abuse. Given this years PSNI Christmas Domestic Abuse Campaign is gender neutral and there social media video that accompanied it featured a male and female survivor of abuse there will hopefully be a spike in the number of men who feel coming forward and accessing help will rise. Hopefully by pointing the figures gathered by the PSNI to the Garda there could be some improvement in the situation in the Republic of Ireland

  3. Pingback: Domestic abuse: Men ‘need more help’, victims’ organisation says | Justice for Men & Boys

  4. The greatest DV committed against men is the false DV accusation made by a woman. Judges give TROs out like candy to any woman who wants one. Ex-parte no less. And it will haunt a man all his life. And western women wonder why men won’t marry them and are getting to the point where they don’t want to be alone in a room with a woman. Hah!

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