Research into partner abuse shows young men are at risk
Young men are at least as likely as young women to be abused by their partners, new research reveals.
According to new Home Office research, reported by the BBC, 6.4% of 20-24-year-old men in England and Wales say they have been abused by their partners, compared to 5.4% of women in the same age group.
Abuse is defined as the use of threats, force, and non-physical abuse, such as emotional bullying.
When all age groups are taken into account, women are more likely to be abused by their partner, and more likely to experience physical violence.
Overall one in four women reported having been abused, compared to one in six men. However, among younger people in the early stages of relationships, it appears that the problems are more evenly spread.
Experts say that men may be reluctant to reveal they have a problem, due to a sense of shame, however illogical, or concern about leaving their children with an abusive partner.