For the past couple of decades or so almost all research informing statutory efforts to address domestic abuse and violence in Scotland, has focused on male violence against women.

There is however a wealth of research that shows domestic abuse and violence in western societies is far from a one-way street. For an overview of all research that takes both genders into account, see :

, by Martin S. Fiebert

Also see: Dewar Research for British papers, including some by David Yarwood (see Comment)

Whoever is the victim or perpetrator, domestic abuse and violence causes immeasurable heartbreak, injury, destitution, trauma and death (suicides as well as homicides), to men, women and children.

It is an uncomfortable reality that a social problem can not be fixed by ignoring a significant part of it.  Yet men who experience abuse – and even their children – have all but been written out of all public discourse, action plans, projects, education, training and funding specifically on/for domestic abuse.  At the same time we hear claims (from Scotland) that Scotland is a world leader in the field. It is our aim to help Scotland become a true leader in this field.

We sought out independent research because we could not understand why the  experiences of domestic abuse and violence of men we know and know of,  revealed to us a completely different picture from the world of domestic abuse portrayed to us in most public discourse.


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