Men Also Experience Domestic Violence

Typically, when we hear about issues with domestic violence it is assumed the abuser is a man. However, this is not always the case. Men also can be the victims of domestic battery. While men may be physically stronger than women, that does not exclude them from experiencing domestic violence or struggling to leave a relationship. Men face additional struggles when dealing with domestic violence such as; a shortage of resources, skepticism from authorities, court bias towards mothers and societal views.

Some statistics show that one of three victims of domestic violence are men. The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey conducted by the CDC in 2010 and 2011 support this statistic. However, it is difficult to get an accurate statistic because domestic violence is hugely under-reported. Men are especially reluctant to report abuse due to feelings of shame, and embarrassment, the fear the authorities will not believe their allegations, and that they will be perceived to be the perpetrator.

While the woman-on-man abuse can be very similar to man-on-woman abuse, many times women use weapons such as bats, guns and knives to compensate for the difference in strength. Much of the abuse is emotional, including threats of humiliation, intimidation, harassment and deprivation from children or emotional support. Men do not leave for a multitude of reasons with the main reason being fear of losing their children or leaving their children exposed to an abusive situation.

These are difficult issues to deal with and are best handled with compassion and understanding. Our firm will work with you to deal with your individual issues to help being resolution to the situation. Please contact our office for a free consultation to discuss the details of your case or if you have any specific questions at 815-600-8950 or contact us online.


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