Domestic Violence Against Men

Domestic Violence does not discriminate against age, race, color, creed, gender or sexual
orientation. Women may hesitate to call for help.   Men are even less likely to seek assistance.  
Society has been taught to think of domestic violence victims as women. It is time for society
to open their eyes!!   (Women Against Domestic Violence (WADV), 2009)
Domestic violence — also known as domestic abuse, battering or intimate partner violence — occurs between people in an intimate relationship. Domestic violence against men can take many forms, including emotional, sexual and physical abuse. It can happen in heterosexual or homosexual relationships. (Mayo Clinic Staff, 2009)
It might not be easy to recognize domestic violence against men. Early in the relationship, your partner may seem attentive, generous and protective in ways that later turn out to be controlling and frightening. Initially, the abuse may appear as isolated incidents. Your partner may apologize and promise not to abuse you again. (Mayo Clinic Staff, 2009)
In other relationships, domestic violence against men may include both partners slapping or shoving each other when they get angry — and neither partner seeing himself or herself as being abused or controlled. But this type of violence can still devastate a relationship, causing both physical and emotional damage. (Mayo Clinic Staff, 2009)
There are many reasons why we don't know more about domestic abuse and violence against men.   First of all, the incidence of domestic violence reported men appears to be so low that it is hard to get reliable estimates.   In addition, it has taken years of advocacy and support to encourage women to report domestic violence. Virtually nothing has been done to encourage men to report abuse.   The idea that men could be victims of domestic abuse and violence is so unthinkable that many men will not even attempt to report the situation.   (Oregon Counseling, 2007)
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