According to The Sun, a record 5,640 wives and girlfriends were convicted in the United Kingdom of assaulting their male partners last year. This is up from 1,850 such cases in 2007. One British Member of Parliament, Philip Davies, has decided to finally address this issue. Said Davies:
When people think of domestic violence, they automatically think of men abusing women. But the vast increase in the number of women convicted of domestic violence over the past decade must not be overlooked. We must not forget the male victims. Both male and female perpetrators of domestic violence should be dealt with equally harshly by the courts and more should be done to help victims of domestic violence whether they are men or women.
This finding is similar what has been explored in recent years in the United States. A 2010 CDC National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey found that perhaps even more men than women are victims of domestic violence. Despite this sharp uptick, little publicity seemed to follow. This was because “Society supports that men should not hit women, by virtue — but the same is not true for the reverse. The fact is, it’s simply not acceptable to hit anyone,” according to counselor and psychologist Karla Ivankovich, PhD, an adjunct professor of psychology at the University of Illinois, Springfield.
Watch libertarian video-blogger Shoe0nHead address this unfortunate phenomenon: