Male victims of abuse do exist, and they deserve support

‘WHAT about the men?” is one of those phrases that tends to raise feminist hackles, and often with good reason. Too often it is deployed in an attempt to derail discussions about inequality of the sexes and how to address it, or in a bid to portray those advocating for women as irrational man-haters.

But when the question “what about male victims of domestic abuse?” is asked, it’s not fair to assume the person asking it has an anti-woman agenda, or is trying to undermine (or snatch funding away from) efforts to help female victims.

Women’s groups are, it should go without saying, perfectly entitled to focus their efforts on women…

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Published in The National on June 22 2018.

Published by Shona Craven

Writer, editor, talking head

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