A total of 1,412 men last year complained to Cleveland Police they had been victims of domestic abuse.
That is up on 1,338 cases reported the previous year, but well down on the 2,289 in 2015.
The comparative numbers for women complainants were 5,201 in 2017, 4,889 in 2016 and 9,474 in 2015, around four times more each year.
The numbers were revealed in a Freedom of Information request to the police force by Ian McNicholl, a domestic abuse survivor and ambassador for the ManKind Initiative.
He said the findings showed it is vital for men to keep shouting up if they feel they have been abused, news portal Teesside Live reported.