Is domestic abuse against men a non-issue?
There is an interesting discussion about domestic abuse against men going on over at Lain Dale's blog.
Most reported cases of domestic abuse are abuse against women. Does the fact that more women are abused by men make the abuse of men irrelevant? In my opinion...no.
According to one person who commented..."This supposed 'abuse' - of men by women - is really a right-wing, anti-feminist distraction from what should be our main goal of eliminating domestic violence which in 99% of cases is men abusing women. Too many women fear to speak out against abuse from their partners as it stands. The promotion of this contrived 'violence on men inflicted by women' is only going to exacerbate that problem."
That is quite a skewed view on the subject. What about all the men who fear speaking out? Men who are embarrased. After-all aren't men supposed to be the stronger sex? Or, how about the fact that men who are abused have fewer outlets to use when trying to escape abusive relaitonships. The country is full of shelters for women who are abused. Good luck finding one for men who are abused.
Women may be on the receiving end of abuse more often than men but that doesn't make abuse toward men by women any less important. As Lain said, "all abuse should be of concern."