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Battered Husbands

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Denis Campbell reports in the Observer that the British Crime Survey indicates that 40% of domestic violence victims are men.

Campaigners claim that men are often treated as "second-class victims" and that many police forces and councils do not take them seriously. "Male victims are almost invisible to the authorities such as the police, who rarely can be prevailed upon to take the man's side," said John Mays of Parity. "Their plight is largely overlooked by the media, in official reports and in government policy, for example in the provision of refuge places - 7,500 for females in England and Wales but only 60 for men."

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