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Men can be victims of domestic violence, too

When people think of domestic violence they often think of a woman being abused by a man. While this is true in 96 percent of cases, the other four percent involve women committing domestic abuse against a man. It is a situation that is not often discussed, but is extremely important. As one man's story shows, domestic violence with a female aggressor can be just as dangerous as when a man is the aggressor.

The man in that instance was consistently attacked by his girlfriend. One time, while picking up his phone off the ground, the woman kicked him in the ribs, breaking three of them, rupturing 4 disks, and breaking three vertebrae. In another attack, the woman nearly bit off his finger. The man finally sought help after his girlfriend broke his back. The man then sought and was granted help from a women's shelter.

This man's story may seem extreme, but other stories are coming forth that show women committing domestic abuse against men. In one of those cases, a pregnant woman ran over and killed her boyfriend outside of a bar. She is now facing murder charges. Many experts believe these cases are more common, but go unreported.

Some men may feel like seeking legal help when they have been abused by a woman is embarrassing. It is not. As the stories above illustrate, failing to get help can be a deadly mistake. Therefore, those who are in imminent danger should call 9-1-1. Then, the victim can go to court and obtain a Temporary Protective Order which lasts for seven days. Within that time frame, a court hearing will be scheduled to determine whether the protection order should be made permanent.

An attorney can walk a domestic abuse victim through the process of getting protection. Though it may be scary, nothing is more frightening than being permanently disabled or killed by another.

Source: KRIS-TV News 6, "Domestic Violence: Men Are Victims, Too," Janine Reyes, Aug. 30, 2013

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