Politics and Economics

Men are the main victims of violence and violent death

Many women in the media seem to feel that men don’t know what it’s like to be a victim.  This is something from which women suffer at the mercy of men.  Intuitively we believe this.  We feel protective towards women.  I have two teenage children and worry much more for my daughter when she goes out at night.

However it is my son who is immensely more at risk from an early, violent death.

In the UK men are the victims of 62% of violent crime.  They are also much more likely to die early and violently though accident and trauma. They account for 95% of work related deaths, 92% of motorcycle deaths and have three times the overall road traffic mortality rate as women.  Men account for 75% of suicides and are 68% of all murder victims.

And just to remind ourselves that as a society we are happy to put our young men in harm’s way, the statistics for UK military deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan to May 2012 reports 582 male deaths and 8 female.

All the statistics seem to indicate that the world is a much more dangerous place for men than for women.

They have different and more fatal dangers than those that affect women.  However they are dangers nevertheless.

Men very much know what it’s like to be a victim.


Accidental and Violent Deaths:

Men are considerably more likely than women to have an accident or to die at work. Almost four out of every five (79.5 %) serious accidents at work and nineteen out of every twenty (94.9 %) fatal accidents at work in the EU-27 in 2009 involved men.

(Ref: Health and safety at work statistics)

There is also a significant and notable disparity between the deaths caused by road traffic accidents between men and women, with men being over three times as likely to die from a road accident. 

(Ref: RAC Foundation 2009)

Obviously men take many more casualties in war than women because we are more prepared to put them in harm’s way.  The UK fatalities in Afghanistan and Iraq to May 2012 were 582 men and 8 women.

(Ref: UK Fatalities in Afghanistan and Iraq)

Violent Crime:

Men are more often the victim of violent crime than women: “The CSEW (Crime Survey of England and Wales), which measures the experiences of a representative sample of the population resident in households, provides a good measure of the volume of violent crime offences. It shows 2.1 million offences occurring, based on the 2011/12 survey, mostly against men (62%), mostly not reported to the police (56%), and with a relatively high proportion being repeat victimisations (24%).”

This is statistics from the Crime Survey of England and Wales is based on a survey of peoples’ experience of crime and includes crimes which were not reported to the police.

(Ref:  Office of National Statistics  page 3 and 6)


There were 4,552 male suicides in 2011 (a rate of 18.2 suicides per 100,000 population) and 1,493 female suicides (5.6 per 100,000 population).  i.e. 75% of all suicides are male.

(Ref: Suicides in the United Kingdom, 2011)


In the UK 2011/12:  367 murder victims were male and 172 were female. This means that more than two-thirds of homicide victims (68%) were male.

In 2010/11, 435 homicide victims were male and 201 were female.

(Ref: Ministry of Justice Update 2012

Homicides, Firearm Offences and Intimate Violence 2010/11)


Other References:

Why do men commit most of the crimes?

Moral Chivalry

Men and Crime

Why Crime Rates Have Fallen Over The Last 30 Years (hint: it’s not prison)

Focus on: Violent Crime and Sexual Offences, 2011/12


3 thoughts on “Men are the main victims of violence and violent death

  1. Pingback: Chivalry – An evolutionary explanation | RGAmbler

  2. I understand what you’re saying, but I believe that this is mainly because men are the ones who fight in wars, or get drunk and do stupid things, whereas women are the victims of more casual, more frequent and less fatal crimes: sexual abuse is a HUGE factor here. Although you are churning up some interesting stats- good work.
    You should read my blog: http://www.marxistmax.wordpress.com

  3. Pingback: Why Do Men Commit most of the Crimes? | RGAmbler

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