I've seen a few people trying to shrug off Johnny Depp as an "outlier", with the implication that it's usually women who are the victims of that type of abuse, and not men.
Well here are some quotes from three different academic studies on this topic that claim otherwise. And you'll see pretty easily how they mirror what happened to Johnny Depp.
16% of men and 14% of women report being seriously injured by their partner.
Straus, M. A., Hamby, S. L., Boney-McCoy, S., & Sugarman, D. B. (1996). The revised conflict tactics scales (CTS2) development and preliminary psychometric data. Journal of family issues, 17(3), 283-316.
Assaulted men are more likely than assaulted women to experience serious attacks by being hit with an object, beat up, threatened with a knife or being knifed.
Hoff, B. H. (2001). The risk of serious physical injury from assault by a woman intimate: A re-examination of national violence against women survey data on type of assault by an intimate. MenWeb on-line Journal (ISSN: 1095-5240 http://www.menweb.org/NVAWSrisk.htm). Retrieved from Web on Jan, 18, 2011.
1.8% of men and 1.2% of women reported that their injuries required first aid, while 1.5% of men and 1.1% of women reported that their injuries needed treated by a doctor or nurse.
Headey, B., Scott, D., & De Vaus, D. (1999). Domestic violence in Australia: are women and men equally violent?. Australian Social Monitor, 2(3), 57.
Original source (posted by u/celda):
Now what happened to Johnny Depp?
While this more severe form of domestic violence is rare in comparison to the emotional and verbal abuse that people commonly experience, it is still 36% more common among male victims than it is among female victims.
I'm not trying to say that women are inherently more violent or anything like that. But I think it's crazy that there are people out there trying to say the reverse about men. Especially in the context of a man who had part of his finger cut off by an abusive ex-wife.
It's honestly pretty disguising if you think about it. From where I'm looking, men are the ones who have the factual and moral high ground to condemn women for violent behavior. But all we're really asking for is that violence against men be taken seriously. We're not out there saying women are evil or violent or anything like that.
Men just want to be treated fairly. We want people to stop assuming that men are always the perpetrators. We want people to stop taking a woman's word over a man's, especially when there is evidence that the man is telling the truth. And we want people to take violence against men seriously. That's it.
People need to calm down and stop being so "triggered" over the fact that we're talking about male abuse for a change instead of female abuse. Both are bad and both need to be condemned. But men rarely get a voice in these discussions, and it's about time that people started listening to us.