People often make the assumption when they hear statistics or reports about domestic violence that men are the ones committing the acts and that women are the victims. While this is true in many cases and can't be overlooked, it's also important to remember that men can be victims of domestic violence in Maryland, just like women.
Researchers note that this happens in both same-sex relationships and in opposite-sex relationships.
The statistics are a bit direr than many people know. The Center for Disease Control claims that 25 percent of adult men will be victimized by domestic violence at some point in their lives, all across the United States. That means that more than 3 million men are victims each and every year. Another way to look at it is that a man is abused in this manner every 37.8 seconds.
Misconceptions about this situation work both ways. For instance, one of the biggest reasons that men don't report domestic violence issues is that they also assume that the system is only set up for women. They don't believe police and others will give them the help they need.
When this is combined with other fears--such as feeling embarrassed about what happened or thinking that the abuser is going to retaliate after a report--it means that a lot of men let this happen without even mentioning it to anyone else, putting them at risk.
Those who suffering from domestic violence, whether male or female, must know that they have legal rights and many options, and they need to know how to get protection.
Source: The Huffington Post, "It's Time to Acknowledge Male Victims of Domestic Violence," Bari Zell Weinberger, Oct. 15, 2015