At least 2 414 men this year swallowed their pride and approached the magistrates’ courts countrywide suing for domestic violence, an indication that tables are now turning in the history of family disputes in the country.
In the past years, domestic violence was believed to be a crime against women but statistics from the courts show that men are also being battered in the home and are now gathering the courage to approach the courts for recourse.
Although women are still dominating as victims of domestic violence, men are also exercising their right to protection of the law by reporting their wives at court.
Between January and November 2015, at least 2414 men approached the family court complaining of domestic violence.
During the same period, some 6 510 women sued men for domestic violence, leaving the total number of domestic violence cases handled by the courts countrywide at 8 924.
Statistics for 2015 show that although people with disabilities were the least affected, more men in that category were suffering compared to women.
This year, five men with disability appeared in court as victims of domestic violence while one woman sued.
From January to December last year, the magistrate courts received 2 538 applications from men while women filed 6 916 matters, leaving the total number of domestic violence cases at 9 454.