1 in 7 men are physically abused by their partner

23 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

1 in 7 men are physically abused by their partner.

An Army Ranger, who feared his claims of domestic abuse would be ignored, strapped a GoPro to his waist and recorded the proof that led Pinellas County Deputies to arrest his estranged wife on Thursday, 10 News reported. “This is just one of many instances where I’ve had to use the camera to either prove her guilt or prove my innocence and that’s the only reason I am carrying it,” said Michael, who is identified by 10 News by his first name only because he is a victim of domestic violence.Upon closer inspection, the blurry footage shows what appears to be Corinne Novak’s hand in the bottom right corner grabbing her estranged husband’s testicles.The Canadian Women’s Foundation reports that in Canada, on any given day, more than three thousand women are seeking shelter from escaping domestic violence.

Michael, a resident of Pinellas County, has been locked in a drawn-out custody battle with his spouse, 37-year-old Corinne Novak, over their 2-year-old twin boys. In a world where women are normally the victims of domestic violence, it’s that kind of statement that motivated Michael to begin carrying the GoPro in hopes of catching her in the act. According to Help Guide, a nonprofit organization that aims to help people’s health and well-being, most men tend to be stronger than women, but that doesn’t make it easy to escape an abusive relationship.

When Michael shared the video documenting his alleged assault with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, it was enough to have Corinne Novak arrested on a domestic battery charge. ‘We have court coming up so hopefully it goes to show a little bit of validity to what I’ve been doing and what I’ve been saying and disapproving what she’s been saying,’ the retired Ranger told the station. Men also face the issue of being “socialized not to express their feelings or see themselves as victims,” according to The National Domestic Violence Hotline. Young boys are taught from a young age to show strength and not express emotions, which makes it difficult for men to recognize the signs that they’re being abused, the NDVH reported. But one of the reasons those three thousand plus men daily can’t be arrested is because their victims are too busy struggling with pain, to capture it all on film.

Despite society’s views on male domestic violence and the lack of resources, men can find help with domestic abuse problems from a variety of sources. But men should try to get evidence of the abuse, like Michael did, to prove that they are being attacked since authorities are likely to be skeptical of the issue, Help Guide reported. This will help other men speak out about their domestic abuse issues, and might spark a societal change where it’s more common to come forward about attacks. “Start by telling someone about the abuse, whether it’s a friend, relative, health care provider or other close contact,” The Mayo Clinic explained. “At first, you might find it hard to talk about the abuse. On the day that Michael caught their mother abusing him on film, he was reportedly trying to get the twins out of a car seat when she attacked him in a sensitive area.

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