It happens more than you think.
COVID-19 has raised the awareness of many issues that have not been brought to the forefront in the past. One of them is domestic violence against men.
Family violence is a problem that many organizations, therapists, law enforcement agencies, and others have been working to combat and hope to eliminate.
However, due to the need to address the more widely reported abuse toward women and children, violence toward men is an aspect of the tragedy that goes largely unnoticed. Also, for many reasons, men experiencing abuse at home often never report abuse.
The resources for men who are in abusive relationships are growing, but society generally doesn’t think of men being in this type of situation. Men are usually physically larger and stronger than their female spouses, so society has not completely accepted that the “fairer” sex can be the offending party.
Stereotyping is not fair to either sex because each situation needs to be evaluated on its own merit. However, it happens and is often embarrassing for a man to admit that his wife is engaging in demeaning behavior.
Men are often viewed as the head of the household and the person in ultimate charge of the family.
Behind closed doors, there may be a different reality. A raging wife who demands control and uses her dominant personality to take advantage of her husband is just as guilty as a man who does the same to his wife.
Many abused men are like women in similar situations. They just try to deal with the reality that their home life isn’t perfect.
Men may have the added issue of being doubted when they report threatening behavior in their relationship. Furthermore, the stigma associated with ending a