More than half of Australian men say they have experienced physical abuse, a new report has found.
The survey of more than 1,000 men conducted by research and social science company Insights West, found that nearly a third of men said they had been physically abused while they were children or young people.
The study also found more than a quarter of men reported being physically abused as children or as adults, and more than half said their abuse had occurred at home.
“These men experience physical, sexual and emotional abuse,” the study found.
“This includes the use of physical restraint, verbal abuse, threats, and physical assault.”
It also found that more than three quarters of those surveyed experienced emotional abuse.
The prevalence of physical abuse was higher in men aged 25-44, with more than six in 10 women aged 20-24 reporting at least some type of physical violence at some point in their lives.
The research also found a higher prevalence of mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, and an increased likelihood of depression in those with physical abuse.
It found a quarter (23 per cent) of those who experienced physical violence also experienced mental health problems such as substance use, alcohol misuse and substance dependence.
The findings follow the release of a report by Australian researchers last year which found more men than women suffered from physical abuse in childhood, with a greater percentage of men aged 15-24 and more women aged 65 and over reporting it.
The researchers said the findings were similar to a similar study conducted in England, where more than 80 per cent of men surveyed reported having experienced physical and/or sexual abuse in their lifetime.
But they added that the research was limited to men who reported being abused in childhood.
In the UK, the Royal College of Psychiatrists said in a report last year that more men were reporting physical and sexual abuse, but that the rate of physical maltreatment had increased over time.
The RCP said it was not possible to establish a cause-and-effect relationship between physical and mental health.
It said there was evidence that men’s experiences of physical and psychological abuse were linked to a higher risk of mental disorders such as anxiety, depression and substance use.
Topics:health,community-and_society,mental-health,children,sexual-offences,australiaFirst posted February 19, 2020 08:50:48Contact Tracey McGovernMore stories from Western Australia