Violence against men consists of violent acts that are disproportionately or exclusively committed against men or boys. Men are overrepresented as both victims and perpetrators of violence. Sexual violence against men is treated differently than that committed against women in most societies and is largely unrecognized by international law. Violence against men is committed by both males and females, but in the US, 65.3% of male homicides are committed by males.
While women are more fearful of violent crime, men are at much higher risk of being victims of violent crime. This phenomenon is termed by researchers as the "fear of crime gender paradox".