Live mentally well

When it comes to domestic violence, the conversation typically focuses on women as victims and men as perpetrators. However, we should not rule out that abusive female partners exist. Domestic violence is often underreported by victims as many feel scared or ashamed to disclose it. It is also possible that many may not realise at the time that they’re experiencing abuse as it can be non-physical such as verbal, psychological and financial abuse.

These kinds of non-physical abuse are difficult to measure as the victims tend not to know how to ask for help.
With the focus being on men in November, we need to be aware that men often don’t show the signs we tend to associate with being abused and/or depressed, like sadness and hopelessness. Instead, they might appear angry or aggressive, making it easier for doctors and loved ones to miss the signs that something is wrong. As a result, men might miss out on the support and treatment they need to feel better and take the relevant steps toward improved well-being. Remember speaking up, recognising the problem and seeking help doesn’t mean you have failed as a man, you are not to blame and you are not weak. Our AskNelson counsellors are available for men being abused by a partner. Speak to our AskNelson counsellors today.

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