Battered Men. Abuse

Essay by UmmmHuhCollege, UndergraduateA+, March 2008

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Discuss child abuse and spousal abuse in the family. How extensive are these social problems? Discuss two reasons for such problems and how we may be able to prevent them in the future.

Being the only male in the class I was concerned that my topic would be criticized because of my gender but I hope it is received with an open mind. I began researching spousal abuse and came across some staggering statistics in reference to battered males. I always had knowledge that it existed and have even had personal experience with it, but I never realized how many cases there truly are. The research includes data pertaining to intimate partners whether married or dating and all statistics are for the United States though this problem has no boundaries.

The media and feminist groups are quick to point the finger at males when it comes to intimate abuse, but other then hearing of the occasional male celebrity being attacked by their girlfriend or wife, how often do we really hear about battered men.

One of the main reasons is that men are often ashamed and often don't report cases unless they are extreme. Linda G. Mills author of the book, "From Insult to Injury: Rethinking Our Responses to Intimate Abuse" goes into great depth on the subject. In one interview she states "Years of research, which mainstream feminism has glossed over or ignored, shows that when it comes to intimate abuse, women are far from powerless and seldom, if ever, just victims," Mills writes. "Like men, women are frequently aggressive in intimate settings." (Young 2003)According to a 2001, national violence survey 1,510,455 women and 834,732 men are victims of intimate abuse annually. Reports show that every 37.8 seconds, in America a man is battered, every 20.9 seconds, in America...