Trigger Warning: This post contains subjects and issues that may be upsetting to some.
This is another issue that is included in the group “Mental Health”. It has been my feeling that this has been kept in a dark closet. We always hear about the abuse of woman and children, but I thought this needed to be explored.
Help Guide Org., states that men being abused happens more often than you would expect.
They go on to say that domestic abuse may not be physical. It could also be verbal and emotional.
- Domestic abuse may not be physical
- Could also be verbally and emotional
- Partners whether they be heterosexual or same sex, become possessive, act jealous or harass with accusations of being unfaithful
- Verbal abuse by belittling or humiliate in front of friends, colleagues, family, or on social media
- Threaten to leave you and prevent you from seeing your kids if you report the abuse.
The Mayo Clinic defines domestic violence against men as such:
“Domestic violence — also known as intimate partner violence — occurs between people who are or have been in a close relationship. Domestic violence can take many forms, including emotional, sexual and physical abuse, stalking and threats of abuse. It can happen in heterosexual or same-sex relationships.
Abusive relationships always involve an imbalance of power and control. An abuser uses intimidating, hurtful words and behaviors to control his or her partner.”
WebMD reports more than 830,000 men fall victim to domestic violence every year.
Jan Brown the executive director and founder of the Domestic Abuse Helpline for men says,
Domestic violence is not about size, gender, or strength. It’s about abuse, control, and power, and getting out of dangerous situations and getting help, whether you are a woman being abused, or a man.
She also goes on to say in the article, “There are more than 4,000 domestic violence programs in the U.S., but very few actually offer the same services to men as they do women.”
So dear reader, the issue is hard to read, but recognizing abuse happens to both men, women, and the hardest issue, child abuse.