VAWA Programs Discriminate Against Male Victims
According to the National Violence Against Women Survey, 835,000 men are assaulted each year by their intimate partners. About one-third of those assaults are "severe," meaning that the men were kicked, bit, hit with a fist, threatened or attacked with a gun or knife, or beat up. Assuming that such victims may require assistance, it is estimated that 275,000 abused men need Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) treatment or rehabilitation services each year. Yet, these authors say, equal treatment under the law does not yet exist within the purview of the VAWA. In this brief, they describe how men who seek services are ignored, ridiculed, or even accused of the crime of which they are victims. They review the anti-discrimination requirements of grants administered by the Department of Justice, and provide examples of discrimination against male victims in federal and state governments, national domestic violence organizations, state domestic violence coordinating councils, shelter, hotlines, and the justice system. They also highlight sex specific utilization data for grant programs administered by the Office on Violence Against Women.