Domestic Violence: it affects men as well as women

On April 26, shortly after her release from prison, a Westerville woman went to her male acquaintance's residence. She reportedly became angry with the man and began verbally assaulting him, which quickly escalated into her physically attacking him and attempting to strangle him. Visible injuries were verified by the police, and her repeated resistance to arrest required the police to take her to the ground in order to handcuff her (ThisNews).This is an example of the less-reported domestic violence against men. 

Women are on average less physically imposing than men - the CDC reported in 2017 that the average adult man was approximately 6.5 inches taller and 27 pounds heavier than the average adult woman, and this equates to being more of a threat in a violent situation. Because of this, domestic violence of men against women is understandably of more concern to the general public, and rightly so - it does account for a majority of domestic violence cases. However, domestic violence against men is very real. Men account for approximately 25% of domestic violence cases in the United States, and an equal number of men and women report psychologic abuse/ aggression.

There is a perception that men do not suffer from domestic violence, and that they are weak/ will not receive help if they do. A 2016 Huffington Post article debunks these perceptions, addressing such subjects as whether or not the police will believe that a woman was an aggressor, or that men can't go to domestic violence shelters. The truth is that a majority of the United States has gender-neutral legislation regarding domestic violence, and that in all states a victim of domestic violence can obtain a restraining order against their abuser. 

If you are a victim of domestic violence, you have the right to seek legal assistance regardless of your gender. Do not hesitate to protect yourself. 

The Huffington Post's only recommendation? Have an attorney by your side to help you with your restraining/ protection order. 83% of individuals who appear in court with an attorney to help them experience success obtaining one, as opposed to 30% who show up without legal counsel. If you are a victim of domestic violence who is seeking to file a restraining/protection order and obtain the legal protection you deserve, make sure you have an experienced attorney by your side.