CAN MEN BE VICTIMS?
Absolutely, men can be victims of domestic violence. It is crucial to recognize that abuse knows no gender boundaries. Men who experience domestic violence may face unique challenges in seeking help due to societal perceptions, but their experiences are valid and their well-being matters.
We recognize that domestic violence affects individuals of all genders, and it is crucial to provide information, resources, and support for male survivors. In this feature, we will define male domestic violence (DV), explain the possibility of men being victims, discuss risks, outline next steps, and provide essential resources for assistance.
Defining Male Domestic Violence: Male domestic violence refers to instances where men are subjected to physical, emotional, psychological, or financial abuse within an intimate relationship. Just as women can be victims of domestic violence, men can also experience abuse at the hands of their partners. It is important to acknowledge that men can be survivors of domestic violence and deserve support.
Understanding the Risks: Male survivors of domestic violence may encounter various risks, including:
Physical injuries and health complications
Emotional and psychological trauma
Social isolation and stigma
Barriers to seeking help and support
Taking Positive Steps: If you are a male survivor of domestic violence, or if you know someone who is, taking positive steps towards safety and recovery is essential:
Prioritize Your Safety: If you are in immediate danger, call 911 or your local emergency number.
Seek Support: Reach out to the San Joaquin County Family Justice Center for confidential assistance, counseling, and guidance.
Connect with Resources: Explore the following links for more information and support:
You Are Not Alone: We are here to support you on your journey to healing and safety. Reach out to the San Joaquin County Family Justice Center. Remember, seeking help is a courageous step towards breaking the cycle of abuse. Your well-being is our priority. You deserve to live a life free from violence and fear.
SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY RESOURCE AGENCIES
SJC Family Justice Center: 209-468-2600
*Chest of Hope (phone and text): 209-259-5552
Child Abuse Prevention Council: 209-464-4524
Community Medical Centers: 209-636-5400
Gospel Center Rescue Mission: 209-320-2323
SJC Department of Child Support Services: 209-468-8601
SJC Victim Witness: 209-468-2500
*24 Hour Hotline