Domestic abuse against men
This content applies to England only.
Housing laws vary between England and Scotland. Get advice relating to Scotland
Men who are victims of domestic abuse may be reluctant to seek help, but have equal rights to use the law and get help as homeless if they need to leave their home because of violence or abuse.
Seeking help if you are a man experiencing abuse
Victims of domestic abuse can find it difficult to let other people know what's happening and to seek help. Men may be afraid that they won't be taken seriously, or that they'll be criticised or ridiculed for 'letting' a partner abuse them. Many abused men are reluctant to leave the family home in case they are later denied contact with their children.
It's important to get help and support in life when you need it. Men experiencing domestic violence or abuse are encouraged to 'talk it over' by the Men's Advice line, a specialist helpline offering listening, emotional support, information and advice.
Legal rights of men experiencing violence and abuse
Advice on this website about your legal rights if you experience domestic violence applies equally to men and women. For example, if you are a man who has experienced domestic abuse:
- you have the right to apply to the council as homeless if you have had to leave your home
- you can take legal action against the perpetrator (eg by applying for an occupation order non-molestation order, or an injunction).
- you can report incidents to the police.
Emergency housing for men
There are limited refuge places available for men who have experienced domestic abuse, but you can contact the Men's Advice line for information on specialist agencies or use our directory to find a local advice agency.
If you need emergency accommodation, you could make a homeless application to the council.