The Abuse of Men: An Enquiry into the Adult Male Experience of Heterosexual Abuse

The Abuse of Men: An Enquiry into the Adult Male Experience of Heterosexual Abuse

by Lynne Renoir
The Abuse of Men: An Enquiry into the Adult Male Experience of Heterosexual Abuse

The Abuse of Men: An Enquiry into the Adult Male Experience of Heterosexual Abuse

by Lynne Renoir

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Overview

Do men suffer in their intimate relationships?


This study by Lynne Renoir suggests they do. Men in Australia and New Zealand reported all kinds of abuse from their female partners, including physical, emotional, and sexual.


Renoir's study found that women are more likely than men to use weapons. They will throw heavy objects, hit their partner with a fist, kick, bite, choke or stab him, or destroy his property. Women would threaten to harm their children, or to disappear, taking the children with them. 


The various forms of emotional abuse included preventing the man from contacting his family or friends. The woman would claim that his children were not his, criticise his intellect or his body shape, pick on him for the slightest mistake, or humiliate him in front of others.


Some women used sex as a means of control, withholding sex in order to punish the man for perceived shortcomings. Alternatively they would demand sex at the most inappropriate times.


An abused man will blame himself for being inadequate. He will feel he has failed to exhibit masculine characteristics such as strength, independence, and the ability to cope with adversity. His situation is exacerbated by the reaction of others. His story can be met with scepticism or disbelief on the part of the police, legal institutions, or even members of the helping professions. Abused men are often reluctant to leave their partners because they are fearful for the welfare of their children, who themselves can be victims of abuse.


Help is not provided for abused men. There are very few "men's shelters", as it is assumed that only women can be the victims of abuse. Men are supposed to be able to take whatever a woman might throw at them. Because of prevailing attitudes towards men generally, in society today abused men are rendered powerless.


Renoir's call is is for governmental authorities to recognize the plight of men in abusive relationships and to take action to remedy the wrong that has been done to them.




Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780648304326
Publisher: Lynne Renoir
Publication date: 10/21/2022
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 102
File size: 829 KB

About the Author

Lynne Renoir suffered physical abuse at the hands of her judgmental father. The pain she endured led her to investigate howother abused people suffer, particularly men in their relationships with destructive women. In her Master's thesis Lynne interviewed forty-eight men from Australia and New Zealand. They told her about severe physical, psychological and sexual abuse. This led her to the view that men, as a whole, have been disempowered. She points to the fact that society sees only women as victims of abuse, with men inevitably portrayed as perpetrators. Her call is for governmental authorities to recognize the plight of men in abusive relationships and to takeaction to remedy the wrong that has been done to them. www.lynnerenoir.com

Table of Contents

Praise for The Abuse of Men


Foreword

Introduction

Reflections on the Study

Literature Review and Data Collection


A. Incidence and Forms of Abuse

  1. Gender Comparison
  2. Forms of Physical Abuse
  3. Forms of Psychological Abuse
  4. Characteristics of Male Victims


B. Reactions to Abuse


C. The Role of Society


  1. The Police and the Lower Courts
  2. Family Law
  3. Social Attitudes
  4. Gender Roles


D. The Construct of Masculinity


Discussion

Conclusion

Biblography

About the Author

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