When speaking about domestic violence the picture that comes to mind is that of a man physically abusing a woman. Domestic violence manifests itself in other forms other than physical abuse. Domestic abuse can also take other forms like emotional, psychological and sexual abuse. Recent statistics show that domestic abuse against men is also on the rise (Cook, 2009). This can be argued in two ways: that it always existed but only till recently men have been able to come out and report cases of abuse by their spouses without feeling victimized and that previously men were seen as the superior gender and the women’s role was to be submissive but with the
“Every year more than 3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving more than 6 million children (A report can include multiple children). The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations- loses on average between four to seven children every day due to child abuse and neglect” ("National Child Abuse Statistics."). There are numerous children who are suffering from child abuse, but determining what child abuse is for each state differs. This makes it harder to determine how to solve the issue of child abuse and the fact that it has existed for so long. To help solve the issue of child abuse, innovative programs are being created every day. Some of those programs are using culture to determine whether or not it is a factor.
The CDC reports that nearly half of all men and women in the United States have been psychologically abused by a romantic partner, while around a quarter of women and 1 in 7 men have been physically abused . This is a dramatic difference from areas like the United Kingdom, where 8.2% of women and 4% of men have been abused  One in three people experience abuse by a romantic partner by the age of eighteen . In 2015, 87% of hospitalized abuse victims in New York state were women, and were admitted more often than male victims . This can likely be partially attributed to traditional gender roles, which assume that men are “stronger” than women and are “weak” if they are hurt by a woman.
When people hear about someone being abused, your mind automatically thinks of a woman or child. Most of the time, people think of a man being the abuser not the victim of abuse that is happening. However, there are hundreds of thousands of men who experience domestic abuse each year. “On average, nearly twenty people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. For one year, this equates to more than ten million women and men.” (Vieira).
Although women can be perpetrators, they are more often the victims of abuse than men. According to Blair, McFarlane, Nava, Gilroy, and Maddoux (2015), 92 percent of domestic violence offenders are male (p. 23).
The Brigham Young University, lists the steps towards successfully eliminating the abusive factor in a relationship. First, understanding what an abusive relationship is like, and detecting whether you are currently in one. Secondly, supporting one’s dignity and acknowledging the importance of an abuse free household. Margaret E. Johnson focuses on the inner self structure. Realizing the problem, understanding the plausible consequences, acknowledging that the second party is wrong, and not letting their own self-worth go down, are just the tip of the iceberg in abusive relationships. In the other hand, being manipulated, going to court, divorce/ separation, are factors
Male victims are often unrecognized by the media, because they do not fit the stereotype that is set. Again, it’s been drilled into our heads that men are the perpetrators and women are the victims. Men are supposed to be strong, while women are weak, making them the easier target. How could a male be a victim of abuse? According to the media, there is no way men can be victims alongside women.
“Being a victim is supposed to set you free; it acquits you of any agency, any sense of responsibility to the person who did you harm. It’s not your fault, they say. Leave him, they say. Nobody ever tells you what to do if leaving isn’t an option.” Imagine how a woman, especially in the 1920’s, felt to be in this position.
Anyone can be a victim, any age, sex, race, culture, religion, education, employment, marital status or sexual orientation. Women however, are more likely to become victims than men. As for the perpetrator of abuse, they have no typical manifestation. In public the abuser may appear loving and friendly towards their partner and or family. They commonly have low self-esteem, and don't like to take responsibility for their actions. So they may try to hide the abuse by inflicting injuries that will not require medical attention. Abuse may be physical, emotional, sexual, and psychological. Abusive persons are usually people who like to be in control of other people. Here this form of control is usually a behavior, which is learnt as a means to getting what they want.
Every minute twenty four people are victims of abuse in the United States, that’s more than 12 million women a year. People seem to wear a mask until they are behind closed doors. Abuse has affected the victim and suspect both and there are many reasons for everything.
Our culture refuses to hold women equally accountable as men for their participation in Domestic Violence. Women’s behavior whether perpetrator or victim, is understood and passed off as socialization or poor economic status. On the other hand men are held fully accountable for all of their behavior. “Despite the tough guy stereotype all boys are encouraged to embody and the abuse many bear as a normal
The key goals to this research is to improve the awareness of the issue of male abuse and increase the resources and community support. This research aims to increase the awareness of the issue of male abuse by assisting in changing the thought process of individuals to include males as victims. Through this change, males will no longer be marginalized when they admit and report the various types of abuse they encounter. Furthermore, through this research, there is expectation that the increased awareness will in turn create resources and community support such as shelters and support centres predominantly for men. All in all, the main goal is for society to have complete gender equitable laws that include both men and women as victims.
To start off, an abuser tends to frighten their victims and isolate them from all friends, family and loved ones. The reason behind isolating their victims
Abuse can happen to anyone and occur anywhere. Many people are victims of abuse and remain silent about the cruel treatment. Abuse is a violent way to communicate with someone and is always meant to inflict pain or fear. There are many different types of abuse, such as physical abuse, which is unwanted contact with a person by hitting, scratching or any skin to skin contact. Verbal abuse involves saying hurtful or belittling words to a person, such as threats or insults. Financial abuse involves a person having full control of another person’s money and deciding what they can and cannot buy. Digital abuse is verbal abuse online, such as cyberbullying. All these different types of abuse have a negative effect on people, damage their personal perspectives. The most common type of abuse is physical abuse. Often, when people hear about physical abuse, they automatically assume that a woman is the victim and a man is the perpetrator. However, this assumption is wrong. Men can be a victim of abuse. Research suggests that, over the past year, there have been more male victims than female victims. The abuse of men is often overlooked and never considered as a serious issue because of stereotypes of men tell us that they are stronger than women and can protect themselves. However, women can be invisible abusers and the effects of abuse on men changes them.
Abuse can have many different meanings, there is one in particular that takes control in many Americans relationship, “physical maltreatment” (Abuse). Sadly there is an increasing amount of young adults going through an abusive relationship or were in one. Many of the people that become abusers consider violence as a normal behavior because they have witnessed it on a daily basis. They than begin to mistreat everyone that comes in his or her way. An abuser is frequently interested in controlling their victims. An abuser’s behavior is usually manipulating, in order to make their victims