Spousal Abuse Against Men
Abuse is a harsh reality in today’s society. Spousal abuse against men is gradually rising, but is vastly overlooked. Some men are either in denial that they are in an abusive relationship or just don’t grasp the full concept of what abuse is. A man losing their pride and the fear of being ridiculed is also a reason why men don’t report abuse cases. Just like women, men can be emotionally damaged due to abuse and there can be many outcomes. The extremity of spousal abuse against men can be crimes of passion. This essay will discuss the research on spousal abuse against men.
Most men in an abusive relationship don’t realize that they are actually being abused. Many are unsure of what abuse is to be considered as. Even if a man does know he is being abused, he might be in denial. Emotional or psychological abuse consists of behaviour intended to shame, demean, intimidate or humiliate. Examples include yelling at or insulting the other person, or limiting his contact with friends and family. Such behaviour often occurs within relationships that are also physically abusive. (Grandin, Elaine; web). It is thought that men can disregard comments made by others that may appear offensive. With the ability to do so, they can be completely oblivious to spousal abuse. In 100 domestic violence situations, approximately 40 cases involve women against men.(“About..”; web). Little has been done to encourage men to admit to spousal abuse. Men may use different terms to identify abuse such as: nagging, bossy, controlling, and difficult. It took much time to encourage women to speak out against abuse, and now it is time for men to become as ‘courageous’ as they would like to be portrayed as, and report it more often.
Abused males would not want to lose their pride. Pride is one of the most important things person can hold and being stripped of that, or even losing some of it, can be a hard consequence to a male. Since the day an...