Women Are Not the Only Victims of Domestic Violence

On Friday, The Independent published a story on their website of Ken Gregory, a victim of domestic violence who suffered first and second degree burns to 14% of his body after his ex poured boiling water over his head. He told the BBC in an interview about the weeks of verbal abuse he received from his ex-wife, as well as an incident that left him in hospital after she poured hot tea over him while he was asleep.

His message: "As a man... there is a perception that you can't be the victim of domestic abuse. Being attacked by a woman is nothing to be ashamed of. It should be the same message that they put out for women – don’t be frightened, you don’t have to put up with it.”

Men are statistically more likely to be the abuser rather than the abused, but this does not mean that men are never the victims. ManKind research shows that 38% of domestic violence victims are men - but the representation and discussions regarding male victims is appallingly lackluster.

The founder of Canadian foundation CAFE (Canadian Association for Equality) expressed the need for more protection shelters aimed at men, because there a currently none in Canada, and that many victims avoid coming forward and detailing their abuse because they feel they do not fit the typical image of a domestic violence victim.

In a heartbreaking way, this correlates with research conducted by CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) showing the steady increase in suicide among men, particularly young men aged 19-34. But the highest suicide rate among men is among those aged 40-44, slightly younger than Ken Gregory's age (65).

Read the original Independent article here: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/male-domestic-violence-victim-i-never-imagined-something-like-this-would-happen-to-me-10105586.html?origin=internalSearch

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