Help for men
Domestic violence can affect anyone – including men. According to the CDC, one in seven men age 18+ in the U.S. has been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in his lifetime. One in 10 men has experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner. An abused man faces a shortage of resources, skepticism from police, and major legal obstacles, especially when it comes to gaining custody of his children from an abusive mother. No matter your age, occupation, or sexual orientation, though, you can overcome these challenges and escape the abuse.
Why men don't report abuse
Unfortunately, a lot of the time, violence against men is regarded as a joke or not taken as seriously as abuse against women. This is something that has had a negative impact on those who are being abused by their intimate partner. Some of the things that a male victim think:
- Men are thought not to express their feelings or see themselves as a victim.
- Stereotypical belief that victims of abuse are only women.
- There may not be any resources to help a male.