n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - 'Cowboys don't cry...' - the male victim of domestic violence

Volume 28, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



In South Africa, the male victim of emotional and physical abuse at the hands of his female partner or spouse is generally ignored, minimised or denied, partly due to a lack of research on this 'hidden side' of domestic violence. The main reason for the forgoing is because of the dearth of empirical data that exists on the male victim of domestic violence. It seems not to be considered a problem worthy of academic research or media attention as a result of the lack of research historically on this form of domestic violence. This is as a result of the stereotyping of males as the perpetrators of domestic violence and females as the victims of patriarchal dominance. In addition, it is argued by many that when women resort to violence towards their male partners, it is done in self-defence, or as vengeance and even retaliation against their own victimisation. This article attempts to aid the understanding by giving each of the participants a 'voice' to tell their stories. Each individual's victimisation experience or 'story' is described in a fair amount of detail to give the reader insight into this 'hidden' side of domestic violence.

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