Most Ohioans who have been in a relationship may have found themselves in some sort of disagreement with their significant other. Many times, these arguments are settled, apologies are exchanged, and life goes on. In other instances, though, these disputes are ongoing and become abusive. Though when most people think of physical or emotional abuse they think of women victims, the truth of the matter is that men can be victims, too.
How can men be subjected to domestic violence? If a man's significant other uses insults to put him down, tries to control who he can see and how he can spend money, threatens the use of violence, physically strikes him, or forces him to engage in sexual acts against his will, then domestic violence may be occurring.
It is important to realize that emotional and physical abuse against men can occur in heterosexual and homosexual relationships. In homosexual relationships, the perpetrator may threaten to "out" the victim, meaning that he will tell others that the victim is gay, bisexual, or transgender. Regardless of the type of relationship, though, domestic violence is never acceptable. Though it may seem scary to speak out against it and seek help, real relief can be found via the legal system.
An experienced family law attorney may be able to help a victim of domestic violence obtain the legal orders needed to ensure his safety. This may mean filing documents with the court and perhaps going to a hearing to explain why the protective order is necessary. Yet, those who are victimized should not be afraid to take an active role in their own safety. With the assistance of an attorney, they do not have to face the matter alone.
Source: Mayo Clinic, "Domestic violence against men: know the signs," accessed on Oct. 24, 2015