Domestic Violence: When Men are the Victims
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Domestic Violence: When Men are the Victims

Very little is known about the actual number of men who are in domestic relationships in which they are abused or treated violently by women. There are many reasons why we don’t know more about domestic abuse and violence against men. First of all, the incidence of domestic violence reported men appears to be so low that it is hard to get reliable estimates. In addition, it has taken years of advocacy and support to encourage women to report domestic violence. Virtually nothing has been done to encourage men to report abuse. The idea that men could be victims of domestic abuse and violence is so unthinkable that many men will not even attempt to report the situation.

There are no absolute rules for understanding the emotional differences between men and women. There are principles and dynamics that allow interpretation of individual situations. Domestic abuse and violence against men and women have some similarities and difference. For men or women, domestic violence includes pushing, slapping, hitting, throwing objects, forcing or slamming a door or striking the other person with an object, or using a weapon. Domestic abuse can also be mental or emotional.

However, what will hurt a man mentally and emotionally, can in some cases be very different from what hurts a woman. For some men, being called a coward, impotent or a failure can have a very different psychological impact than it would on a women. Unkind and cruel words hurt, but they can hurt in different ways and linger in different ways. In most cases, men are more deeply affected by emotional abuse than physical abuse.

Help for men who are victims of domestic violence is not as prevalent as it is for women, as there are virtually no shelters, programs or advocacy groups for men. The best route for a man who is suffering from domestic violence is to file a request with a local court for a restraining order.

A restraining order is an order made by a court to protect a person from physical pain or injury or from the threat of pain or injury. If you swear to the court that you are in immediate physical danger, the court may give you an ex parte restraining order. An ex parte restraining order is a temporary, emergency order that is made when only the requesting party (called the applicant or petitioner) is present to talk to the judge. If the judge agrees you are in immediate physical danger, the ex parte order will be granted and a hearing will be scheduled.

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