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Evidence on men's experience of domestic abuse in Scotland

‘Men’s experience of Domestic Abuse in Scotland: What we know and how we can know more’ examines available evidence about domestic abuse experienced by men in Scotland.

This extensive report by Brian Dempsey of University of Dundee School of Law contains important findings about men’s experience of domestic abuse. 

It highlights the urgent need for more recognition and support in Scotland for men (and any children affected) as well as calling for further research into Scottish men’s experience of domestic abuse.

The most recent Scottish Government figures  show that in 2011/12 there were 9,569 reports to the police of a domestic abuse incident where the ‘victim’ was male and the perpetrator female and 659 reports where there was a male ‘victim’ of a male perpetrator (where the sex of the parties were recorded). The proportion of reports relating to male ‘victims’ to total ‘victims’ in particular police force areas was generally around 15% but ranged from 9% in Dumfries and Galloway to 21% in Strathclyde.

The Review was commissioned by Abused Men in Scotland (AMIS) from Dundee University, with Scottish Government funding.


How many lone fathers are there in the UK?

The Guardian newspaper has compiled a handy roundup of the UK statistics about single fathers.

According to the Office of National Statistics, 400,000 families are headed by a single father, representing nearly 14 per cent of single-parent families in the UK.

Average family size in single father households is 2.32, slightly smaller than that in single mother households (2.61).

Single father households also have a higher proportion of non-dependant children (aged over 16 and not in full-time non advanced education) than single mother households.