The IPV Myth may result from the acceptance of asymmetry position of IPV that views it as a male-specific offence. Media portrayals also reinforce this stereotype. Moreover, male victimisation contradicts the masculinized/patriarchal construction of men. Thus, little attention or no support is offered to male victims. Recent research shows that female abusers occasionally threatened to have their partners falsely arrested as they knew the system was unlikely to consider men as victims. Male victims often experience emotional abuse and controlling behaviours and 64.5% of the men who had children reported that their wives used the children to control them.
The outcome of our studies highlight the pervasiveness of the IPV myth, which has allowed for a distorted perception of IPV and domestic violence. This perception has influenced the decision making processes that male IPV victims come into contact with, allowing for re-victimisation and unjust child custody outcomes.
Children appear to often be the unexpected victims within IPV as perpetrated by their mothers or their father’s female partners, as they tend to witness the abuse or become injured themselves.
The implications of our current findings contribute to raising societal awareness as to the existence of male victims of female-perpetrated IPV/domestic abuse thus, we strongly challenge the mainstream perceptions. The problems of domestic abuse and IPV have to be addressed otherwise, the men will continue to suffer and die in silence.
Children learn by watching their parent’s aggressive behaviours’. Aggression increases in children who are exposed to aggressive behaviour.