Men as Likely as Women to Face Domestic Violence
Byline: STEVE DOUGHTY
MEN are just as likely as women to become victims of domestic violence, Government researchers claimed yesterday.
But there is less chance of them being frightened, intimidated or injured by assault.
Nearly one in 20 Britons of either sex reported suffering an attack by a partner during a 12-month period, according to a Home Office report.
The research was seized on by Ministers yesterday as the basis for a new campaign against domestic violence. They demanded a shift of attitudes to condemn it in the same way the public has come to condemn drink-driving.
'A basic shift in attitude is required,' said Home Office Minister Paul Boateng. 'We must work towards the day when such conduct is universally recognised as reprehensible.' Critics claimed, however, that the research exaggerated the extent of serious domestic violence and gave the lie to the Government's claim that domestic violence affects everyone 'regardless of their social group, class, age, race, disability, sexuality and lifestyle.'
Statistics show that the most likely victims of domestic violence are women who have just split from a live-in male partner. More than one in five suffered an assault during the course of a year.
By contrast, only one in 50 married women suffered a similar attack.
The research was drawn from the Government's highly-regarded British Crime Survey.
More than 10,000 were asked to detail domestic violence in their lives during 1995.
The survey found that 4. …