In a 2005 report carried out by the National Crime Council in the Republic of Ireland, it was estimated that 5% of men who had experienced IPV had reported it to the authorities, compared to 29% of women.
In England and Wales, the 1995 "Home Office Research Study 191" surveyed 10,844 people (5,886 women and 4,958 men) between the ages of 16 and 59, finding that for the twelve-month period preceding the survey, 4.2% of men had experienced IPV.
For some men, this evasive behavior is based upon the fear of being ridiculed by friends or co-workers, by shyness in dealing with peers and/or with (non-violent) women, and by fear of people saying that the woman is the real victim, and must have been acting in self-defense.
For a man to admit he is the victim of female perpetrated IPV necessitates the abandonment of the veneer of machismo which society expects from men, and to admit being submissive to a female partner.
Over a lifetime, this figure increased to 14.9% of men.
When a woman called, the man was threatened with immediate arrest in 28.2% of cases; when a man called, the woman was threatened with arrest in 0% of cases.
In fact, in 12.1% of cases when the man called, the man himself was arrested.
Statistics indicate that under-reporting is an inherent problem with IPV irrespective of gender.
Click here to read a comprehensive description of all of the new changes to OVW-administered grant programs.
According to President Obama, VAWA 2013: 2005 Congress took a more holistic approach to addressing violence against women.