What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive behavior in which one person attempts to control another through threats or actual use of physical violence, sexual assault, and verbal or psychological abuse.
Abuse happens in all types of relationships. Victims and abusers come from all ethnic groups, cultures, socioeconomic levels, age groups, education levels, gender, and sexual orientation. Although statistics reflect that women are more likely to be abused, men are also victims of domestic abuse. Whether the victim is a man or a woman, the definition of domestic abuse is the same.
Being abused by an intimate partner can be scary and confusing. The feelings that result will be similar, whether you are a male or female. Men and women both experience feelings of shame, isolation, and are often afraid that no one will believe them if they report being abused.
If you are a man that is experiencing domestic abuse it is important to remember that being assaulted by someone that you are in a relationship with is just as much a crime as being assaulted by a stranger. There is support available for men who are being abused.
Our advocates can help you:
- recognize the signs of an abusive relationship
- provide support and advocacy
- talk to you about resources available in your community
- discuss safety issues and your options for protection afforded by the law