It's often at school where the first red flags are raised."The complexity of our region, the geography region is huge."There's a lot of conditioning that happens in some, you know, recently arrived homes that also say, 'We are a unit against the whole world,'" she said.It's a situation similar to the one the unidentified teen describes. Nearly 55,000 children and youth were victims of a sexual offence or physical assault in 2009, according to Statistics Canada.Most people picture domestic violence as some guy who beats the crap out of his wife on a regular basis, and trust me, that happens far more than most folks realize. Domestic violence (aka partner assault) is far more complicated and much bigger than that.According to the domestic violence death review committee (that reviews domestic homicides in Canada and make recommendations to help prevent future homicides), roughly 70% of domestic homicides happen in situations that do not have a history of physical assaults and many times the homicides seem to happen around child custody cases and family court issues. Physical assault is one aspect of a pattern of behaviour that when put together makes up a picture of a violent and potentially dangerous relationship.Some researchers believe the actual number of male victims is likely to be greater than law enforcement statistics suggest due to the high number of men who do not report their abuse.
As with domestic violence against women, violence against men may constitute a crime, but laws vary between jurisdictions.
Advocates of battered women argue that proponents of female-perpetrated IPV are part of an anti-feminist backlash, and are attempting to undermine the problem of male-perpetrated IPV by championing the cause of the battered man over the much more serious cause of the battered woman.
On the other hand, those who believe IPV against men to be a significant problem argue that radical feminists have purposely tried to suppress research so as to further their own ideology; if female-perpetrated IPV is accepted, much of the foundational feminist theory behind domestic violence in general, specifically that IPV is an extension of patriarchal dominance, would be shown to be invalid.
Whereas women who experience domestic violence are openly encouraged to report it to the authorities, it has been argued that men who experience such violence often encounter pressure against reporting, with those that do facing social stigma regarding their perceived lack of machismo and other denigrations of their masculinity.
The prevalence and frequency of IPV against men is highly disputed, with different studies showing different conclusions for different nations, and many countries having no data at all.