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Men are victims of domestic abuse too

20639921_S.jpgIllinois men and women can be victims of domestic violence, which is a form of abuse that occurs between spouses or others who are related to each other. Men have the same rights under the law as women do if they are victims of such actions. In addition to hitting or other acts of physical violence, domestic abuse can be inflicted verbally, sexually or psychologically.

While extreme events such as violence with foreign objects or murder may get attention from the media, any abuse can be harmful. In some cases, relatively minor transgressions such as verbal insults or jealousy can foreshadow these significant outcomes. Men who are the victim of domestic abuse are urged to remain calm and call police. If a person is taken into custody, it is usually the primary assailant, and this person may or may not be the one who initiated the abusive behavior.

Men may be reluctant to report the abuse that they face because they may be larger or stronger than their abuser. They may also fear that they may be blamed for events that may have transpired in the past. It is also common for men with children to feel conflicted about reporting abuse because taking them out of an abusive home may be perceived as a kidnapping.

If a person is physically or mentally harmed by a partner, it may be a good idea to talk to an attorney. It may be possible to ask questions about legal issues related to domestic violence such as how to get a protective order. Parents may be able to learn more about how they can get custody of their children or otherwise keep them safe from a parent who may try to harm a son or daughter.

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