Pssst … Domestic Violence: It Happens to Men Too

A Contra Costa [CA] Times article calls attention to the fact that a significant number of victims of domestic abuse are men – but community resources give almost no support or protection to men.

Now, a male victim of past spousal abuse is reportedly suing a government-funded domestic violence agency and the state of California for gender discrimination and denial of equal protection of the laws.

According to that plaintiff, male victims of domestic violence suffer the indignity of ridicule and indifference by law enforcement authorities and lack of access to affordable refuge in shelters. The plaintiff was also denied a restraining order against his wife.

A law professor finds merit in the plaintiff’s lawsuit.

Approximatley 835,000 men reportedly suffer domestic abuse each year – although men are not as likely to call the police.