The Hidden Shame of Scots Abused by Their Wives and Girlfriends; Happy couple:Mark and Teresa

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The Hidden Shame of Scots Abused by Their Wives and Girlfriends; Happy couple:Mark and Teresa


Byline: Simon Johnson

RECORD numbers of Scotsmen are being beaten up by their female partners.

Police have recorded a huge 130 per cent increase over the past decade indomestic abuse cases involving battered husbands.

About two-thirds involved women lashing out at their partners in drink-fuelledrages.

The figures are believed to be only the tip of the iceberg as many abused menare too ashamed to seek help.

Scottish ministers faced accusations of sexism last night after it emerged thatthey are spending nothing to help such victims.

They admitted pursuing a 'gender-based' approach that will see the [pounds sterling]44milliondomestic violence budget spent exclusively on women.

George MacAulay, chairman of the UK Men's Movement, said: 'The ScottishExecutive has adopted a feminist dogma that men are always the aggressors,despite the statistics showing otherwise. They have shown no interest in takinga genderneutral approach.

'Men are very reluctant to report abuse because of the shame at being unmanly.There is an under-reporting of assaults on men and a complete lack ofgovernment support.' Police figures show attacks by women on men have more thandoubled in eight years, from 2,378 in 1999-2000 to 5,489 in 2006-07.

Attacks involving a male perpetrator and female victim have increased by 36 percent, from 30,395 to 41,498, over the same period.

In 1999-2000, only 7 per cent of cases involved men being beaten up by wives orgirlfriends. By last year, that had risen to 11 per cent.

The figures show 26 per cent of the men were assaulted by an ex-partner. Afurther 23 per cent were targeted by a cohabiting partner, 18 per cent by wivesand 18 per cent by a partner with whom they did not share a home.

The most common age group for battered husbands last year was 41-50 (1,423cases), followed by 36-40 (1,068). Among female attackers, the most common agewas also 41-50 (1,190).

A survey of victims' experiences published last year found a clear link betweenabuse and alcohol.

Sixty-three per cent of male and female victims said the perpetrator had beendrinking.

Psychologist Cynthia McVey, of Glasgow Caledonian University, said: 'Women arenow less inhibited about expressing aggression, so they are more likely to usephysical aggression.

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