Copyright (c) 2003 The Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy
Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy
Recognizing Domestic Violence Directed Towards Men: Overcoming Societal Perceptions, Conducting Accurate Studies, and Enacting Responsible Legislation
12 Kan. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 249
"I was hit in the head with a beer mug . . . requiring stitches."
". . . would throw hot scalding coffee in my face."
"I was slapped, punched, poked and kicked repeatedly."
"I suffered a broken leg, a broken ankle, and [a] broken wrist."
"I have been chased with a car and attacked with a chainsaw."
". . . sitting on my chest with a butcher knife in hand and the blade at my throat."
". . . attempted to smother [me] with a pillow while I slept." 1
In the public's mind, these true recollections of violence evoke the image of an abusive husband or boyfriend. In reality they were all perpetrated by a wife or girlfriend. The traditional societal view of domestic violence, as evidenced by legal, medical, and statistical data, involves the notion of men engaging in the domestic abuse of their female partner or spouse, hence making it very difficult to accept that male spousal abuse is a serious problem. 2
This note takes the position that domestic violence against men is in fact a serious social issue that must be fully addressed by overcoming societal perceptions, conducting accurate studies, and enacting responsible legislation.
Societal trends indicate that we are becoming more and more concerned with reducing all forms of abuse and violence that manifest themselves in domestic relations. 3 Therefore, the next appropriate action would be to discard the long-held and stereotypical view that "violence is considered the province ...
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