https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/analysis/2023/10/13/violence-against-men-by-the-numbers

The article is behind a paywall so I’ll paste the full text here:

“ Violence against men is practically never discussed.

However, the ratio of domestic assaults in men and women is one to one (unless otherwise stated, data is from Statistics Canada), but women are three times more likely to report domestic violence to police. Women are three times more likely to obtain a protection order after domestic violence. Men are three times more likely to say domestic violence did not affect them much.

Police are 14 per cent less likely to lay charges when the victim of domestic violence is a man. Researchers led by Prof. Sara Desmarais, North Carolina State University, did a meta-analysis of 249 studies and found that domestic violence initiated by women is, overall, more prevalent than that started by men. Major assault is “more prevalent among male victims of intimate partner violence than female victims (20 per cent versus 11 per cent), perhaps reflecting the greater tendency of intimate partner violence against men to involve weapons (22 per cent versus 11 per cent of incidents against women)”.

The rate of police-reported physical assaults against men (779 per 100,000 population) is greater than that for women (711 per 100,000 population).

However, male and female victims report different types of physical assault.

Females are more likely than males to be victims of common assault, resulting in the least serious physical injury (576 per 100,000 females and 484 per 100,000 males), while males are more likely to be victims of more serious forms of physical assault.

The rate of assault with a weapon or assault causing bodily harm (level 2) among men (215 per 100,000 population) is nearly double that for women (114 per 100,000 population).

However, the most significant difference is found for aggravated assault against males: a rate of 18 per 100,000 population, more than three times higher than the rate for female victims (five per 100,000 population). While physical force is more common in incidents of physical assault against female victims (54 per cent) compared to males (44 per cent), men are more frequently the victims of an assault involving a weapon (16 per cent of incidents against men and eight per cent for women). Moreover, more than twice the proportion of male victims (five per cent) of physical assault sustained major injuries compared to their female counterparts (two per cent).

Male victims of sexual assault are “more often victimized by family members other than spouses or ex-spouses and by friends and acquaintances, in comparison to female sexual assault victims”.

Of those killed at home (2007-2011), “women were four times more likely to be killed by their common-law partner than by their legally married spouse”. Meanwhile, “men in common-law unions were ten times more likely than their married counterparts to be killed by their partners”.

Males are much more likely than females to be the victim of violence perpetrated by friends, acquaintances, strangers or a business partner. Also, in 2012, in Canada, seven out of 10 homicide victims were men.

Shelters and support for men who suffer domestic violence is lacking.In 2021, there were 557 residential facilities in Canada for victims of abuse, but only 24 (four per cent) reported being mandated to serve men, admitting 223 adult men in total.

Men are more likely to be formally charged by police when a complaint is made. Men are seven per cent more likely to be charged with multiple crimes in an incident. Men are 11 per cent more likely to be found guilty in court. When they are found guilty, men are nine per cent more likely to be sentenced to prison than women.

For most crimes, men are sentenced to significantly longer prison sentences than women.

Men represent 76 per cent in youth correctional services and 94 per cent of Canadian federal offenders.

Men are two times more likely than women to lose social support after separation or divorce, and two times more likely than women to experience depression after divorce. Men are six per cent more likely to be unrepresented in divorce proceedings. In Canada, 96 per cent of child support orders are against men. Seventy-seven per cent of sole custody orders are made to mothers (Department of Justice). One in five Canadian children, or about two million in total, live without their father. Research shows that children without the presence of the father fare worse.

Ninety-seven per cent of deaths at work are men. Suicide rates are much more higher than women. Seven per cent of men with depression kill themselves; women, one per cent.

The first National Shelter Study found that 73.2 per cent of homeless were male (16-year-old and older), and 80 per cent over 55 were men.

The bias, inequality and discrimination towards men is cultural, systemic and structural, ingrained in our psyche and society.

Its consequences are detrimental, dangerous, harmful and, at times, fatal. A new mentality, measures, programs, initiatives, funding and laws to reverse it is needed.

When men lose out, we all lose out.”