Male victims of dating violence

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The abuse of men is often treated as less serious, or a “joke.” We’ve seen this in action recently with the elevator footage of Solange Knowles attacking Jay-Z.When a man is abused, many people don’t take it as seriously (in part due to the previous two reasons we’ve mentioned). All victims deserve support and resources to help them feel safe.Pervading beliefs or stereotypes about men being abusers, women being victims.The majority of domestic violence stories covered by the media are about male perpetrators and female victims who are typically in heterosexual relationships.However, we understand that for a male victim, those statistics are irrelevant and the need for assistance and support is just as important.Certain gender stereotypes and social factors can make it difficult for male victims of abuse to come forward.

There are a number of myths and misconceptions about male victimization that act as barriers for boys and men to disclose and seek services.

Women and girls are not the only victims of sexual violence.

Men and boys can be victims too, and ALL victims of sexual violence have the right to access services.

If you are a male victim of domestic violence or sexual assault, you should know that you are not alone.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 4 men will experience some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. No one should have to be afraid or feel unsafe in his or her relationship.

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